Master Plan for the City College of New York
project name : Master Plan City College of New York
location : New York City
year of design: 2005
client: City University of New York
architect: George Ranalli
associates: Aaman Whitney Consulting Engineers, Langan
design team: Kimberlae Saul, Eduardo Benamor Duarte,
This Master Plan for the entire 36.5 acre City College of New York campus located at 135th Street and Convent Avenue, commissioned by City University, was based upon an evaluation of the existing campus in relation to the Strategic Plan. The goal is a building program plan for the next 20 years.
The Master Plan is divided into three phases of work, namely the Existing Conditions Assessment, the Programming Phase, and the New Proposal Phase. Included is the addition of new elements to the college, such as a Student Center, new Science Center, dormitories, a new high school, and other program pieces that will come out of a planning process, which includes faculty, administration, and students.
The site is divided into a north campus, which contains the original historic, gothic, collegiate buildings by George B. Post, and a south campus that sits atop St. Nicholas Terrace overlooking the east side of upper Manhattan and the midtown skyline. The south campus, with its large, rolling topography, largely empty of buildings, is an ideal landscape on which to situate program elements. New buildings are spatially organized for the intended program uses and to produce powerful images viewed from a distance. The scheme illustrates a large dormitory complex of undergraduate housing, and a graduate residential tower, with a highly differentiated set of rooms and suites.