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Urban Land Institute: Case Study of NYU Washington DC

October 8, 2013

ULI Case Study

NYU Global Academic Center in Washington, DC

Educational institutions form a major component of the economic vibrancy in the Washington, DC region. In addition to the growth and expansion of institutions traditionally based here, DC is experiencing growth in major educational institutions from outside the region establishing a presence here. Among the newest addition to this trend is the NYU Constance Milstein and Family Global Academic Center located at 1307 L. St., NW. The 75,000 square foot academic and residential facility provides a home-away-from-home for faculty and researchers traveling to Washington, and as a gathering space for NYU’s many alumni in the region. The Center is a key component of incorporating non-U.S. students into the study of the United States, its government, national priorities, and values.

The facility is an institutional/residential space thriving with public activity. It has the capacity to house 120 students per semester enrolled in courses and pursuing internships, and provides living and work space for faculty who are teaching and conducting research. The building includes state-of-the-art classrooms, dorm rooms, faculty offices and residential space, research space, and a 121-seat auditorium. Curricular offerings will focus on government, politics, environmental studies, and journalism, among other fields. Six floors of the Center feature four-person suite residences and single-occupancy rooms, in addition to three faculty/staff apartments. Green Elements include a green roof, high performance glass, and glass fins. The building, a tight fit on a 60 foot wide site, is pedestrian and mass transit oriented, with no on-site parking.


Ron Abramson

Ronald Abramson

Matthew Santirocco

Matthew Santirocco

Yolanda Cole

Yolanda Cole

Victoria Kiechel

Victoria Kiechel

Gerry Sigal

Gerry Sigal



 

Lessons Learned


  • The site selection process
  • The purpose of having a presence in Washington, DC
  • The unique architectural features of the building
  • The sustainable and LEED goals of the site
  • The process of assembling financing
  • The construction challenges and surprises
  • The academic vision for NYU Washington, DC

 

Presenters


Ronald Abramson

Ronald D. Abramson focuses on corporate governance matters, mergers and acquisitions, real estate finance, business and succession planning, as well as estate planning.

Ronald previously served on Buchanan's Board of Directors.

Prominent in the community, Ronald is a chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the prestigious Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. In 2003, The Corcoran College of Art + Design granted Ronald its highest academic honor, the Doctor of Fine Arts, honorus causa, for his 18 distinguished years of stewardship as a trustee of the institution. The Corcoran was founded in 1869 and is the largest non-federal art museum in the nation's capital. It was Washington's first museum and ranks as one of the three oldest museums in the United States. In addition, Ronald is a member of the New York University Board of Trustees and spearheaded the recently-opened NYU in DC campus at 13th and L. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Airports Task Force. Ronald was also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center for several years.

While in law school, he served on the staff of Law and Policy in International Business, and wrote "The Legal Response to the Illicit Movement of Cultural Property," which appeared in the publication.


Yolanda Cole

Yolanda Cole is a Senior Principal and Owner of Hickok Cole Architects, an award-winning, 85-person commercial architecture and interior design firm located in Washington, DC. Ms. Cole has over 30 years of base building and interior design experience in projects ranging from large-scale, mixed-use developments to small commercial interiors, around the world and in the region.

Ms. Cole is a frequent speaker at the NeoCon® World’s Trade Fair in Chicago and was featured during the 2008 AIA National Convention in Boston. She has presented at AIA Design DC Conferences in recent years, and in 2008, of the 68 seminars offered, attendees ranked her as the #1 speaker. She has also been sought out as a speaker for AIA regional conferences in Georgia and Wisconsin.

Ms. Cole served for many years on the Board of Directors of AIA|DC and is a Past President. She is currently a Director at the Greater Washington Board of Trade (BOT) and is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Advisory Board. Ms. Cole has also served as Chair of the ULI Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) and is Chair of the upcoming ULI Trends Conference.

She is a registered architect, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and is a LEED Accredited Professional by the US Green Building Council. Ms. Cole has a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree, summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University.


Maureen Dwyer

Zoning and municipal law matters are at the core of Maureen Dwyer's practice. Maureen counsels clients through the development of new corporate, retail, institutional and office facilities, as well as residential properties. Maureen has a proven reputation and long-standing history in the growth and development of the Washington community. Acknowledged by Chambers USA, "clients recognize Maureen Dwyer as one of the top zoning attorneys in the city." Sources at Chambers USA continue, "helpful and business-oriented, a great person and a very good lawyer.... who is good at identifying the issues and developing a strategy to overcome them." Maureen is a Director in the firm's Real Estate group. Prior to joining the firm, Maureen served as Managing Partner in the DC office of an AmLaw 100 firm.


Victoria Kiechel

Victoria Kiechel has 20 years of professional experience in architecture, education, and sustainable design. A practicing architect, she works for the Cadmus Group, Inc., an environmental consultancy, and is an adjunct faculty member of the Global Environmental Politics Program, the School of International Service, American University (AU), in Washington, DC. In 2010, she was the inaugural recipient of AU’s Most Innovative Green Teacher of the Year award. At Cadmus, Vicky has worked for the US Green Building Council to develop and support the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating Systems; advises the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR commercial and industrial branch; leads consulting and review teams for buildings seeking LEED certification; and manages sustainability initiatives for clients as diverse as the Smithsonian Institution and state and local governments. She is project manager and technical lead for the 2012 redevelopment of ENERGY STAR for Buildings training resources. Her Cadmus research work includes her roles as primary author of Planning and Financing Energy Efficient Infrastructure in Appalachia, for the Appalachian Regional Commission (released March, 2012), and co-Principal Investigator of Cadmus’ Water Management and Green Building Rating Systems 2009-2010 study for the Electric Power Research Institute. Her architectural design work focuses on small-to-medium scale residential and institutional projects. For the Washington, DC Capitol Hill School Libraries Project, she designed the library for Maury Elementary School. Victoria Kiechel, AIA and LEED AP ND, BD+C, O+M, ID+C, Homes


Matthew Santirocco

Matthew S. Santirocco is Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs at NYU, where he is also Professor of Classics and Angelo J. Ranieri Director of Ancient Studies. He served as Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of Arts and Science from 1994 to 2011. Before that, he was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and also taught at Pittsburgh, Columbia, Emory, and Brown.

His scholarly interests focus on Greek and Latin literature and thought. He is the author or editor of several books, including Unity and Design in Horace's Odes and Latinitas: The Tradition and Teaching of Latin, as well as numerous articles. He is currently working on a book about the poetics of patronage in Augustan Rome. A past editor of the American Philological Association's monograph series, American Classical Studies (12 volumes), he currently edits the quarterly, Classical World. He also founded and directs NYU's Center for Ancient Studies, which promotes interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study of the past through conferences and colloquia, student grants for international travel, summer seminars for faculty from across the United States, and occasional publications.

In addition to his work in classics, Dr. Santirocco has promoted broader educational innovation. At Penn he developed humanities curricula for the MBA and Executive Education programs at the Wharton School, with which he also partnered to create an undergraduate International Studies/Business program. At NYU he led faculty in the design of a new core curriculum, as well as in the creation of a fully-funded undergraduate research program, Freshman and Collegiate Honors Seminars, and cross-school majors and minors. Having worked on curriculum and faculty recruitment for NYU's branch campus in Abu Dhabi, he is now coordinating the development of the academic program for NYU Shanghai, which is set to open in 2013.

A graduate of Columbia and Cambridge Universities, Dr. Santirocco has received research grants from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, American Numismatics Society, American Council of Learned Societies, and National Endowment for the Humanities; he has also been the PI on institutional grants from the Hewlett and Beckman Foundations. He has served as Vice President for Professional Matters and Senior Financial Trustee of the American Philological Association and as a founding member of the executive committee of the Reinvention Center (a national consortium of research universities committed to improving undergraduate education). He currently serves on the boards of the artists' colony Yaddo, Commonweal magazine, the Aquila Theatre Company, and the Classical Association of the Atlantic States. In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2011 was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Academy for the humanities and social sciences.


Gerry Sigal

Gerry Sigal's career spans more than 50 years, starting with a 17-year tenure with Tishman Realty Construction Company of New York and culminating with the establishment of his own general contracting company—SIGAL Construction Corporation—in 1977.

Forged by his own matriculation from field supervision to all facets of project management, Gerry’s philosophy is centered on the belief that service, integrity, and respect are vital components in providing quality construction services for the commercial real estate market—both public and private sectors. His personal philosophy is the foundation of SIGAL’s corporate culture and extends to its relationships with clients, employees, subcontractors, and vendors. Resonating with all members of the SIGAL Team, this shared mindset has fostered the growth of long-term client relationships, management staff, and the corporation itself into one of Washington’s premier commercial construction companies. Gerry’s own project management experience includes high-profile projects such as Philadelphia's Centre Square Complex and New York's World Trade Center and Madison Square Garden office complexes.


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