Columbia University: Jerome L. Greene Science Center
New York, NY



Columbia University


Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Construction Manager

Lend Lease



Contract Value



10-stories; 362,700 sqft

Building Type

Education / Research

Technology Type

Double Skin


175,988 sqft of building skin, including six wall types, structural facades, double skin walls, metal and glass canopies, and vestibules


The Jerome L. Greene Science Center is the first building to break ground at Columbia University's Manhattanville campus

Enclos continues to push the boundaries of state of the art building facades at Columbia University’s Jerome L. Greene Science Center, the first building of the Manhattanville campus expansion to break ground. The Science Center commences Phase One construction, where Columbia’s Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientists will continue their mind, brain and behavior research initiatives to fight diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other neurological afflictions.

The 10-story structure includes 175,988 square feet of building envelope, consisting primarily of transparent floor to ceiling glass walls. The facade program incorporates six wall types, including high performance structural facades, double skin walls, and a series of metal and glass canopies and vestibules.

The U.S. Green Building Council has selected the Columbia University Manhattanville Campus expansion for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Neighborhood Design pilot program. The program aims to “integrate the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building for neighborhood design.” Enclos applied its facade technologies to optimize the Science Center’s green agenda with attention to the building’s northern climate.

The Manhattanville campus development will rely heavily on the participation of minority, women and local businesses. Columbia University predicts that the expansion will create 6,000 new university jobs, and an average of 1,200 construction jobs annually for nearly a quarter century. Future developments of Phase One will include new buildings for the Columbia Business School, the School of International and Public Affairs, and the School of the Arts. The $6.3 billion Manhattanville campus is scheduled for completion in 2030, with 16 buildings totaling 8 million square feet located across a 17-acre campus in West Harlem.

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