Since 2002:

  • Developed first-time, long-term strategic space plan for physical growth and secured necessary city approvals
  • Among the important facilities created at NYU during Sexton’s presidency:
    • The first new dedicated science building at NYU in 30 years – the NYU Center for Genomics and Systems Biology on Waverly Place
    • Built 433 First Avenue, a 170,000 square foot facility that houses the College of Nursing, expanded facilities for the College of Dentistry and a space for the University's bioengineering program
    • The Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, which added new classroom space, musical practice space, meeting space, and provided a home for NYU’s communities
      of faith
    • Built Furman Hall at the Law School, the first new building in lower Manhattan to break ground after 9/11
  • The University has invested over $3 billion in capital improvements to the Washington Square campus, with significant attention to deferred maintenance:
    • 90% of general purpose classrooms newly constructed or renovated
    • 700,000 square feet of space added or renovated for science
  • Across its New York campuses, NYU has added approximately 2.0 million square feet since 2002 and renovated existing properties to house new academic initiatives and strengthen existing programs.
  • Among the major projects that fueled the academic expansion at NYU were new homes for the following schools/departments:


  • Consolidation of the School of Professional Studies (East 12th Street)
  • Consolidation of the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (Puck Building)
  • Total renovation of the Gallatin School into a Gold LEED-certified building  


  • English (Greene Street)
  • Jazz Studies (Third Avenue)
  • Philosophy (Washington Place)
  • Linguistics (Washington Place)
  • Teaching and Learning (East Building)
  • Media, Culture and Communication (East Building)
  • Sociology (Puck Building)
  • The Institute for African American Affairs (IAAA), Africa House, China House, and the
  • Asian/Pacific/American Institute (APA) in Washington Mews.


  • Programs in the social sciences, humanities, and the arts found new homes at 20
    Cooper Square.
  • Faculty offices and research centers for the School of Law were built at Washington Square North and Wilf Hall.
  • Faculty research laboratories in Arts and Science and at the Tandon School of Engineering
    were renovated

Significant Building Renovations:

  • Bobst Library (six of Bobst Library’s 12 floors have been renovated: Brine Commons and the Barbara Goldsmith Preservation and Conservation Department were created on lower levels 1 and 2; 1st floor and mezzanine were renovated and Mamdouha Bobst Gallery opened; floors 4, 5 and 6 were renovated to create a research commons for 21st century scholarship, with collections, technology, study rooms, and configurable spaces for maximum productivity)
  • 19 University Place
  • 5 Washington Place (multi-year renovation / upgrade of historic building)
  • 10 Washington Place (multi-year renovation / upgrade of historic building)
  • Barney Building (Einstein auditorium, multiple floors)

New Centers

  • Leslie Entrepreneur Lab
  • Academic Resource Center
  • Wasserman Center 



Since 2002, on the Washington Square campus:

  • Built a state-of-the-art co-generation plant to provide electricity, heating, and cooling to many campus buildings, thereby:
    • Decreasing NYU’s greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30%
  • Overall energy consumption has gone down by 32%
  • Created a Climate Action Plan with the goal of achieving Climate Neutrality by 2040
  • Instituted many campus-wide sustainable measures, including:
    • Re-lamping with energy-efficient bulbs and ballasts in over 50 buildings
    • Installing 4,700 occupancy sensor air conditioning and heating controls
    • Installing 4,500 occupancy sensor lighting controls
    • "NYUnplugged," a residence hall energy conservation competition
  • NYU received a STARS Gold rating in 2011 from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • To date, there are eight LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings in NYU’s portfolio
  • The Sierra Club recognized NYU as one of the top 20 eco-enlightened universities, or “Cool Schools,” in the United States for 2010 and 2011.
  • Instituted NYU Green Grants to support campus sustainability initiatives, including:
    • NYU Urban Farm Lab
    • NYU BikeShare launched in 2010
    • An annual end-of-school-year program to divert solid waste from landfills