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Construction Update: Spring Groundbreaking Ceremony Planned for New Building at 433 First Avenue

The Student Commons is designed to inspire interprofessional study, discussion, and sharing of ideas.

A view of the new building illuminated at night; below: the new building's airy, open-space feeling is enhanced by floating staircases connecting floors

NYU will hold an official groundbreaking ceremony in spring 2013 for the new, 170,000-square-foot building currently under construction across the street from the NYU College of Dentistry. The new building will provide 55,000 additional square feet for NYUCD, along with a permanent home for the NYU College of Nursing and research space for a new NYU Bioengineering Institute.

This new facility will occupy a prime location at 433 First Avenue—right in the heart of NYU's health-care corridor—where it will be surrounded by some of the world's preeminent healthcare and teaching institutions. Occupying one entire city block, the new facility will provide a unique interprofessional teaching, learning, and research center—a dynamic and forward-thinking urban community housed in an educationally stimulating, professionally collaborative environment.

The facility will enable NYUCD to add significant teaching space and to relocate offices for student services, as well as for two academic departments - Biomaterials and Biomimetics and Epidemiology and Health Promotion - in order to free up existing space for research laboratories. Outfitted with the latest technologies for learning and discovery, the building will enable NYUCD and its partners to dispense with the traditional practice of educating students in "silos," when patients expect them to work in collaborative teams in dental practice.

A highlight of the new building plan is the unique and beautiful Student Commons, which will create a central meeting and study location designed to give all students the "Red Carpet" experience, which Dean Bertolami describes as a "tangible way of showing our students how highly they are valued as individuals and as the future health-care professionals they will become."

Demolition of the previously existing buildings on the site—the Guggenheim Building at 339 East 25th Street and the Basic Science Building at 433 First Avenue—was completed on September 1, 2011. Construction of the new building is now in progress, with occupancy planned for fall 2015.

According to Dean Bertolami, "The new building will be nothing short of transformational for our students, faculty, and the surrounding community." To learn about naming opportunities in the new building, please call Assistant Dean Rita Startup at 212.998.9920.