New York Law School, one of the oldest independent law schools in the U.S., launched a $190 million expansion and renovation program that will transform the school's campus in Lower Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood into a cohesive architectural complex nearly double its current size.
The centerpiece of the expansion will be a new glass-enclosed, 200,000-square-foot, nine-level building -- five stories above ground and four below -- which will integrate with the school's existing three buildings.
The new complex will bring together the law school's classrooms, library, student spaces, administrative offices, and professional academic centers in a combined 346,000-square-foot environment -- expanding significantly upon the 205,000 square feet of space the school had occupied.
SmithGroup, one of the nation's leading architecture, engineering, interior, and planning firms, has designed the law school's new and renovated facilities. SmithGroup is recognized for its expertise in law school design; among its most recent law school projects are those for university clients Villanova, Vanderbilt, Baylor, Indiana, and the Catholic University of America.