The University Space Priorities Working Group (USPWG) issued its final report yesterday, providing the university and John Sexton recommendations on how to proceed with construction on the two superblocks below Washington Square. As no new construction can begin on the north block – that housing the Washington Square Village – until 2022, the report focused on the south block and suggested the university move forward with construction on the site of Coles Sports Center.
According to their conclusions, the university is in fact pressed for space. The 26-member group, consisting of faculty and a few students, recommended new construction accommodate student needs. Suggested construction includes 80 classrooms, a large theatre for Tisch, four black box theatres, an athletic center, dormitories for 500 freshman, and housing 100 faculty members and their families.
This new construction would amount to 817,000 to 899,000 square feet in total.
Building on the superblock was also deemed financially viable. Based on the “NYU Capital Spending and Financing Plan 2013-2022,” the creation of a 670,000 square foot building on the Coles site would cost $727,000,000. While the USPWG endorsed a larger structure, representatives of the group assured the cost would not surpass a billion dollars. Read more…