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Columbia Business School

Columbia Business School has been preparing leaders in the business world for more than 100 years. Their new campus “Manhattanville” allows them to educate more students, embrace more alumni, elevate faculty research and scholarship. Designed by world-renowned architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in collaboration with FXCollaborative, the two new buildings, Henry R. Kravis Hall and David Geffen Hall encompass 492,000 square feet, more than doubling their space.  The new campus is uniquely designed to foster education, engagement, and socializing, with flexible learning spaces, study rooms, a career management center, and the Lulu Chow Wang ’83 Alumni Suite, and dedicated spaces for events, recruiting, and networking.

The Manhattanville campus is the first neighborhood development in New York City to earn the prestigious LEED-ND Platinum designation from the US Green Building Council. The campus also features a public park connecting the two buildings and retail amenities while aiming to aid small business development in the neighbourhood.

The buildings’ bold designs are reflected in the design of the stairs. They are showcased and can be admired both within the buildings as well as from the exterior. The epoxy terrazzo stairs were created as 2-inch-thick one-piece tread and riser units. Franklin Terrazzo Company Inc. produced custom designed pieces including over 600 straight and curved tread & riser units totaling 3,600 lineal feet, to achieve the designer’s vision. Some of these tread units required additional milling for integrated lighting and some were over 10 feet in length. The epoxy terrazzo is comprised of Italian White and Italian Black size #1 and #2 marble chips. Franklin Terrazzo Company Inc. produced all precast terrazzo components in their shop located in Chatham, Ontario and shipped them to their United States destination in New York, New York.

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