NEWS: Cooper Union's Construction Schedule; wave goodbye to the Hewitt Building

We are pleased to inform you that The Cooper Union is preparing to begin construction of our new academic building at 41 Cooper Square (Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets). F.J. Sciame Construction Company is putting up a construction fence around the building in preparation for the demolition process, which will commence in mid-November. Groundbreaking for the new academic building will occur in late March 2007.

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne, the building will contain state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms and studios along with conference rooms, lounges, a gallery and auditorium. This is a great moment in Cooper Union’s history and will ensure that the college, its faculty and students have 21st century facilities that are appropriate to one of the nation’s top-ranked institutions of higher education.

The following is the schedule for the preparation of the new academic building:
Week of October 16, 2006 – Project Start
No Parking Signs installed
Work on construction fence and field office trailer begins
Mid-November 2006 – Demolition
Interior: completed – December 2006
Exterior: completed – late March 2007
End of March 2007 – Excavation and Foundations
Groundbreaking – late March 2007
Excavation will take three to four months
Foundation – completed late October 2007
End of October 2007 – Building Envelope
Superstructure – October 2007 to March 2008
Façade and Storefront – February 2008 to mid-August 2008
End of January 2008 to mid-January 2009 – Interior Fit Out
Mid-September 2008 to November 2008 – Sidewalks and Exterior Work
Mid-January 2009 – Project Finish
This schedule is subject to change. Please check back often for updates.
If you have any questions, please contact Diane Brereton at 212-353-4169 or e-mail her at [email protected].

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