433 1st Ave to Serve as the New Home for the College of Nursing, Provide New Research Space for the College of Dentistry, and Provide Space for a New Program in Bioengineering

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Lab Space 433 1st Ave--Rendering, EYP Architecture & Engineering

433 1st Ave to Serve as the New Home for the College of Nursing, Provide New Research Space for the College of Dentistry, and Provide Space for a New Program in Bioengineering

New York University today announced the opening of 433 First Avenue, a brand-new 11-story, 170,000 square-foot facility designed specifically to create a 21st century interprofessional urban teaching, learning, and research community. The building, which will be the new home for the NYU College of Nursing, also expands research space for the Dental College and creates a space for the University's emerging bioengineering program.

433 First Avenue – which was designed by Kohn Pederson Fox and EYP Architecture & Engineering – is located in the heart of the NYU health sciences corridor in Manhattan.  The facility was designed to stimulate interaction among nursing, dental, and bioengineering students, and foster a new model of education, healthcare delivery, and scientific partnership among traditional academic disciplines.

“This is a fantastic new building to advance healthcare and biomedical science,” said Robert Berne, NYU’s Executive Vice President for Health.  “By bringing these three health leaders under one roof, 433 First Avenue becomes not just an impressive addition to the NYU and New York City landscape, but a shining example of that commitment. In classrooms, laboratories, offices, and a technology-rich learning commons, students and colleagues from across disciplines will come together to teach, to learn, and to explore exciting new opportunities.”

One Address—Three Outstanding Leaders in Health Education and Research

New Home for the NYU College of Nursing

As a new home for the College of Nursing – complete with multi-media lecture halls, a state-of-the-art learning commons and a cutting-edge Clinical Simulation Learning Center – the building will bring nursing students, faculty, researchers and staff under a single roof for the first time.  It is also part of the University’s effort to determine which academic uses will be located near the Washington Square core and which can located in other academically appropriate locations.

“What is most exceptional about 433 First Avenue is that, for the first time in the history of nursing at NYU, the College will be located in a building that was specifically designed with the needs of our students in mind,” said Eileen Sullivan-Marx, Dean of the NYU College of Nursing. “The result is a beautiful, student-centered learning space dedicated to the advancement of nursing education, research, and practice. The building also includes the latest advances in educational technology to provide an unequalled learning environment for students.”

The Nursing College is currently ranked 3rd in research funding from the NIH (over $6.6M), up from 46th in 2006, and ranked 6th in the U.S. News and World Report rankings, up from 21st in the previous ranking.

Research and Teaching Space for the NYU College of Dentistry

Some 55,000 square feet is set aside in the building to enable the NYU College of Dentistry (NYUCD) to provide space for new teaching facilities, the Biomaterials and Biomimetics Departments, and student services offices.

“Having a state-of-the-art, interprofessional building along the NYU Health Sciences corridor on First Avenue will create many opportunities for collaboration that will enhance our teaching, research, and service activities,” said Michael P. O’Connor, NYUCD’s Executive Vice Dean for Finance and Administration, who led the development and planning effort for the new building.

NYU’s School of Engineering Launches a Bioengineering Program

The new facility will provide research space for a new Bioengineering Institute, which will focus on biological matrices, biomaterials, and biotherapeutics.  Providing space in 433 1st Avenue for NYU’s School of Engineering – which is based in Brooklyn – will enable readier access to healthcare practitioners and scientists at NYU’s schools of medicine, dentistry, and nursing.

“Since its inception, the Polytechnic School of Engineering has produced the best and brightest scholars, many of whom have been at the top of their fields in bimolecular and chemical engineering. I look forward to continuing that in this new cutting-edge facility and forging a stronger future in the health sciences with our fellow NYU schools of nursing and dentistry,” said Katepalli Sreenivasan, Dean of the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.

433 First Avenue Architectural Design

Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in collaboration with EYP Architecture & Engineering, the building features a 10,000 square-foot shared Learning Commons occupying the entire third floor, which utilizes daylighting from windows on three sides. The space has seating for 350, equipped with printing stations, a mix of quiet reading rooms for groups of varying sizes, a reading lounge, a café, a laptop lounge, group study rooms, and a service/help desk. The building also features 11th floor executive conference center.

Large instructional spaces are a major component of the design. There are three 127-seat lecture halls with power at each seat in the first three rows. Classroom configurations are plentiful, including classrooms seating 27 and 80 students and a 15-seat seminar room. Connecting the floors is an open central staircase allowing for ease of movement around the building.

About NYU

New York University, founded in 1831, is one of the world’s foremost research universities and is a member of the selective Association of American Universities. NYU has degree-granting university campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai; has eleven other global academic sites, including London, Paris, Florence, Tel Aviv, Buenos Aires, and Accra; and attracts more international students and sends more students to study abroad than any other U.S. college or university. Through its numerous schools and colleges, NYU conducts research and provides education in the arts and sciences, law, medicine, business, dentistry, education, nursing, the cinematic and performing arts, music and studio arts, public administration, engineering, social work, and continuing and professional studies, among other areas.


Student Lounge 433 1st Ave--Rendering EYP Architecture & Engineering


Facade 433 1st Ave--Rendering, EYP Architecture & Engineering