The Stavros Niarchos Foundation–David Rockefeller River Campus initiative will add two acres and several buildings to the existing 14-acre campus of The Rockefeller University by extending the campus over the FDR Drive. The Niarchos Foundation–Rockefeller River Campus project will include new buildings with state-of-the-art laboratories, a dining commons, an academic center, and a conference center. As part of the project, the University will also repair the seawall along the East River and improve and beautify the public esplanade adjacent to the campus for the benefit of the greater New York City community.
The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Research Building, to be constructed along the East River shoreline over the FDR Drive will be the centerpiece of the Niarchos Foundation–Rockefeller River Campus. The building design features an open plan offering flexibility for the changing needs of researchers and to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation–David Rockefeller River Campus project was launched in November 2014 by two leadership pledges of $75 million each from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and from David Rockefeller. The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation pledged $100 million in May 2015 to support the creation of the research building.
In addition to the new campus construction above the FDR Drive, the University will also undertake the complete renovation and enhancement of the East River Esplanade from just south of E. 64th Street to the centerline of E. 68th Street. The design was developed with the participation of Community Board 8 representatives and other members of the local community.
The design is meant to enhance the experience of Esplanade users by providing a clearly defined pedestrian and bike path and landscaping that increases the number of trees and plantings and opportunities for seating.
Announcement of the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Research Building, May 2015
Installation of River Campus structure begins with delivery of first of 19 prefabricated modules
June 13, 2016
One of the largest barge-mounted cranes on the East Coast will lift the extension’s structural skeleton into place, one section at a time. For safety reasons, the FDR Drive and East River Esplanade will be closed during lift operations, which will occur this summer during overnight hours.
Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of construction on East River seawall repairs of $100 Million to The Rockefeller University
December 11, 2015
The university has started to refurbish the damaged seawall that supports the East River Esplanade between 63rd and 68th Streets as part of the campus extension project. The esplanade will also be improved, with a new bike lane, landscaping, and a noise barrier along the FDR Drive.
The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation Provides Landmark Gift of $100 Million to The Rockefeller University
May 20, 2015
Marc Tessier-Lavigne, president of The Rockefeller University has announced a leadership pledge of $100 million from The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation to help create a new laboratory building that will be the centerpiece of the University’s major planned campus extension.
$150 million from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and David Rockefeller launches major campus extension
November 24, 2014
Marc Tessier-Lavigne, president of The Rockefeller University, today announced two leadership pledges of $75 million each from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and David Rockefeller to launch a major extension of the University’s campus on the East River.
NY City Council approves new Rockefeller laboratory building
May 14, 2014
The Rockefeller University’s proposal to build a two-story, 160,000 square foot building over the FDR Drive adjacent to its campus passed an important milestone today with the City Council’s vote to approve the plan.
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