The Stavros Niarchos Foundation–David Rockefeller River Campus initiative is adding two acres and several buildings to the existing 14-acre campus of The Rockefeller University, extending over the FDR Drive. The extension, designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, connects the existing campus landscaping and extends four blocks along the East River. This low-profile extension of the campus is replacing existing laboratories that are no longer suited to the needs of modern bioscience, providing Rockefeller researchers with cutting-edge, flexible research facilities.
The centerpiece of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation–David Rockefeller River Campus is the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Research Building. This building, with a long, low profile, will be two stories high and extends almost three city blocks, providing 135,600 square feet of interior space, enough to accommodate over 600 scientific personnel.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation–David Rockefeller River Campus project was launched in November 2014 by two leadership pledges of $75 million each from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and from David Rockefeller.
In addition to the new campus construction above the FDR Drive, the university also undertook the complete renovation and enhancement of the East River Esplanade from just south of E. 64th Street to the centerline of E. 68th Street. The design was developed with the participation of Community Board 8 representatives and other members of the local community.
Announcement of the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Research Building, May 2015
Rockefeller University Team Takes Modular Delivery to New Lengths
March 16, 2017, Engineering News Record
Riverside high-flying acts for Manhattan research building move modular delivery into the 21st century
See how Rockefeller University's modular expansion took shape over the FDR
September 28, 2016, Curbed
In June 2016, work got underway on Rockefeller University’s modular expansion over the FDR Drive. The first phase of this convention-bending project would see the installation of 19 prefabricated sections over the course of the summer.
Rockefeller University Starts Its Expansion Over a Busy Highway
June 15, 2016, New York Times
As part of the expansion of the Rockefeller University, a crane moved the first of several structures into place above the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive.
Installation of River Campus structure begins with delivery of first of 19 prefabricated modules
June 13, 2016
One of the largest barge-mounted cranes on the East Coast will lift the extension’s structural skeleton into place, one section at a time. For safety reasons, the FDR Drive and East River Esplanade will be closed during lift operations, which will occur during overnight hours.
Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of construction on East River seawall repairs of $100 Million to The Rockefeller University
December 11, 2015
The university has started to refurbish the damaged seawall that supports the East River Esplanade between 63rd and 68th Streets as part of the campus extension project. The esplanade will also be improved, with a new bike lane, landscaping, and a noise barrier along the FDR Drive.
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