NYU expansion at 181 Mercer Street nears completion in Greenwich Village, Manhattan

Construction is nearing completion on the NYU campus expansion at 181 Mercer Street in Greenwich Village. Designed by Davis Brody Bond and Kieran Timberlake, the 735,000 square foot complex consists of three towers rising from a full podium between Houston, Mercer and Bleecker streets and the IM Pei’s University Village complex. The project is the culmination of more than a decade of proposal, planning and construction dating back to the mid-2000s. Turner Construction Company is the general contractor for the development, which is aiming for LEED gold certification.

Since our last update in July, the glass curtain wall has enclosed the rest of the upper floors of all three towers and glass railings have been assembled along the perimeter of the podium. The only facade sections awaiting completion are the gaps where the building elevators remain attached to the towers. The elevator on the south elevation facing Houston Street began dismantling March 5 and is expected to reach street level in the coming weeks.

181 Mercer St. Photo by Michael Young

181 Mercer St. Photo by Michael Young

181 Mercer St. Photo by Michael Young

181 Mercer St. Photo by Michael Young

181 Mercer St. Photo by Michael Young

181 Mercer St. Photo by Michael Young

181 Mercer St. Photo by Michael Young

181 Mercer St. Photo by Michael Young

181 Mercer St. Photo by Michael Young

181 Mercer St. Photo by Michael Young

181 Mercer St. Photo by Michael Young

181 Mercer St. Photo by Michael Young

181 Mercer St. Photo by Michael Young

181 Mercer St. Photo by Michael Young

181 Mercer St. Photo by Michael Young

181 Mercer St. Photo by Michael Young

An interesting detail spotted during our visit are the orange and black abstract patterns on the honeycomb tiles on the underside of the cantilevered sections. So far, only two volumes have received this treatment, though the others are likely to follow.

181 Mercer St. Photo by Michael Young

181 Mercer St. Photo by Michael Young

Forty percent of the interiors at 181 Mercer Street will be dedicated to academic space with 58 new classrooms. Other components include new dormitories for students and faculty members, additional office and dining spaces, and landscaped outdoor rooftop terraces atop the podium totaling 25,000 square feet. A centralized space for students, called Commons, will span two floors with a cafe, large seating areas and close access to the theater, which includes a balcony and mezzanine seating designed to accommodate up to 350 people.

The complex will also house indoor sports facilities, including a six-lane swimming pool, a running track, four basketball courts, squash courts, a wrestling hall and several fitness rooms. There will also be dozens of new music teaching and practice rooms and New York University’s first orchestral ensemble room.

Below are several interior and exterior renderings of the complex.

181 Mercer St. Designed by Davis Brody Bond and KieranTimberlake.

181 Mercer St. Designed by Davis Brody Bond and KieranTimberlake.

181 Mercer St. Designed by Davis Brody Bond and KieranTimberlake.

The cities.

181 Mercer Street is reportedly ready for occupancy by November 2022, but will officially open in the spring of 2023.

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