Baruchs Newman Vertical Campus Wins Prestigious AIA Award

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BARUCH COLLEGE, NEW YORK, NY (1/15/03)- The Newman Vertical Campus building, opened to a river of praise in September 2001, has been honored with the American Institute of Architects 2003 Institute Honor Award. The Institute is the official professional organization of architecture in the United States, and this award is the highest it offers to an individual building.

Announced last week, the award will be conferred in May, 2003 at an Honors and Awards Ceremony during the Institutes annual convention in San Diego.

Designed by William Pedersen of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates of New York City, the Newman Vertical Campus represents a unique and holistic approach to urban educational architecture, creating a city-block-square, 14-story campus with technologically integrated classroom and laboratory spaces, faculty and administrative offices, state-of-the-art performance and athletic facilities, dining facilities, campus bookstore, and casual meeting spaces. The southern faade of the building feeds natural light into the entire structure via a series of staggered atria that drop in a progression from 14th floor to the magnificent lobby below. It is a structure that fulfills the practical needs of office and teaching space for a teeming public institution of 15,000 students, yet still unabashedly evokes the grandeur made possible by learning and the life of the mind.

The Newman Vertical Campus has won other awards in its first year, not only for design but for its technologically advanced security systems.

Contact:
Vince Passaro, Director of Public Relations
212-802-2916
vince_Passaro@baruch.cuny.edu