Fordham Law

Fordham Celebrates Groundbreaking for School of Law and Undergraduate Residence Hall

May 03, 2011

Fordham University launched its new School of Law and undergraduate residence hall with a ceremonial groundbreaking on May 2. The 22-story, $250 million facility was designed by award-
 Mayor Bloomberg addresses the crowd.
Mayor Bloomberg addresses the crowd.
winning architects Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and is scheduled to open for the fall 2014 semester. Preparation for construction began in January at the site on 62nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues, adjacent to the law school’s current location. Learn more about the new building.

The event took place on Robert Moses Plaza at the Lincoln Center Campus with dignitaries including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and Councilmember Gale Brewer.

Individuals from Fordham were available on the plaza to answer questions about IT infrastructure, academic and social spaces, the library, and residential life. In addition, professionals from Pei Cobb Freed & Partners discussed the building structure and design, and representatives from Cooper, Robertson & Partners talked about the master plan for the Lincoln Center campus.

Dennis G. Jacobs, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, delivered the keynote address, and Loretta A. Preska, chief judge of U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and a 1973 graduate of Fordham Law, served as the event’s emcee.
 Guests participate in the ceremonial turning of the soil.
Guests participate in the ceremonial turning of the soil.

“The new building is an investment in the intellectual heart of New York City,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University. “It will be much more than a space where a law degree is earned or an undergraduate turns for room and board: It is an investment in leadership and community; an investment in the rule of law; and an investment in research.”

“The new law school and residence hall occupies one of the most exceptional sites in the city,” said architectural design partner Yvonne Szeto. With a cast stone, metal and glass façade, she says the building is designed to complement the majestic performance facilities of neighboring Lincoln Center. The law school will occupy the lower nine stories while a residential tower for 430 undergraduates will rise above.

“The new building will allow Fordham to greatly expand the services it offers to students and professors,” said Brian J. Byrne, Ph.D., vice president for Fordham at Lincoln Center. “Additionally, Fordham will continue to use the current law school building, which will provide much-needed space for the students and faculty of other schools and programs at our Lincoln Center campus.”

The 468,000-square-foot law school will more than double the existing program, office, and event space. It will offer 26 classrooms, lecture halls, seminar, and conference rooms. It will feature a
 Law School Dean Michael M. Martin, Hon. Dennis G. Jacobs, Mayor Bloomberg, Hon. Loretta Preska '73, and Father Joseph M. McShane, president of Fordham.
Law School Dean Michael M. Martin, Hon. Dennis G. Jacobs, Mayor Bloomberg, Hon. Loretta Preska '73, and Father Joseph M. McShane, president of Fordham.
soaring two-story atrium, a 562,000-volume library, state-of-the-art technologies, and public spaces designed to nurture collaboration and innovation. A new advocacy center, including a moot court and trial court room, will enhance the law school's Clinical and Experiential Programs. Money from Fordham Law’s fundraising campaign is helping to pay for the new building. When completed, the building will stand as one of the first major law school buildings constructed in the 21st century.

“Students and faculty will be able to interact and meet informally in the expansive public spaces, which are designed to nurture collaboration and innovation,” said Dean Michael M. Martin. “The building will mark a new era in legal education at Fordham, while reflecting the excellence of Fordham Law’s faculty and students.”

 Law students at a post-event reception.
Law students at a post-event reception.
The undergraduate residence hall will feature one to three beds in each room, five integrated learning center suites, a dance studio, entertainment rooms, a laundry, and an undergraduate dining hall that accommodates 130 students.

“The best of New York City has always been within walking distance of our Lincoln Center campus,” said Robert R. Grimes, S.J., dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center. “Now, we will be able to offer our undergraduates one of the best modern, high-rise residence halls in the City.”

The building is part of a larger, $1.6 billion redevelopment of Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus. When completed, the new Lincoln Center campus will feature new buildings for the graduate schools of Business Administration, Social Service, and Education—each with additional residence hall space; an expanded Quinn Library; a theater for the dramatic arts; and a gallery, bookstore, and café accessible to the public. The multi-decade plan for the campus will translate into 4,500 to 5,000 construction jobs and about 520 permanent and 200 contract jobs.