Fordham University Expansion Underway Near Lincoln CenterFordham Law School in DNAinfo, January 24, 2011
By Leslie Albrecht
UPPER WEST SIDE — Fordham University started work last week on a 22-story building that's the centerpiece of the school's expansion near Lincoln Center.
The $250 million high-rise, on West 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues, will house Fordham's law school on its lower nine floors. Above that will be residences for 430 students.
The building, slated to be completed by September 2014, marks the first step in a $1.6 billion, six-building expansion that the university hopes to finish by 2033.
The law school and residence building, designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, sits just south of Damrosch Park. Its exterior will be "clad in a curtain wall of cast stone, metal and glass," according to a press release from the university.
The structure features design elements such as "a series of undulating arcs to make an engaging gesture toward Lincoln Center as well as to provide a distinctive identity for the Law School," said Yvette Szeto, an architect with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners in a press release.
It will be home to a 562,000-volume law library.
Fordham's expansion plans have been in the works for years. Some Upper West Siders resisted the idea, and about 150 people attended a Community Board 7 meeting in January 2009 to protest the expansion, with some carrying signs that read, "No to the Fordham Fortress," the New York Times reported.
The community board voted against the expansion plan, but the City Council ultimately approved it in June 2009.