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New York University’s College of Dentistry Nearing Completion of New Collaborative Building

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NYUCD logo 300px New York University
College of Dentistry
New York, NY


Herman Robert Fox Dean: Charles N. Bertolami
Doctoral dental degree(s) offered: D.D.S.

Year opened: 1865
Total predoctoral enrollment: 1,455

NYUCD new buildingA brand-new 11-story building, designed to facilitate collaboration between New York University’s College of Dentistry (NYUCD) and College of Nursing, is nearing the final stages of construction. The building is located at 433 First Avenue, across the street from NYUCD’s current campus. 

With move-in slated for January 2015, the new building will provide an additional 55,000 square feet for NYUCD. The increased space will add teaching space and enable the relocation of the Student Services and Admissions offices, as well as two academic departments—Biomaterials and Biomimetics and Epidemiology and Health Promotion.

The new facility will also provide research space for the new NYU Polytechnic Bioengineering Institute. In designing this building, NYU is enabling an interdisciplinary partnership with a focus on synergistic academic and research opportunities among the Colleges of Dentistry and Nursing and the Bioengineering Institute. 

NYUCD’s Executive Vice Dean for Finance and Administration, Michael P. O’Connor, Ed.D., M.P.A., who has led the development and plans for the new building, says “Having a state-of-the-art, interprofessional building along the NYU Health Sciences corridor on First Avenue will create many opportunities for collaboration that will enhance our teaching, research and service activities.”

Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in collaboration with EYP Architecture & Engineering, the building embodies immense grace and beauty. It will feature a 10,000 square-foot Learning Commons occupying the entire third floor, which will be shared with the College of Nursing. The Commons will be filled with sunlight from windows on three sides. The space will have seating for 350, printing stations, a mix of quiet reading rooms for groups of varying sizes, a reading lounge, a café, a laptop lounge, group study rooms and a service/help desk. The building will also feature an elegant 11th floor executive conference center. 

The Offices for Financial Aid, Student Services, Student Admissions, International Program Admissions and Student Advisement will be located in the building. The Student Services and Admissions suite will have a “red carpet” feel, designed, as Dean Charles N. Bertolami, D.D.S., D.Med.Sc., says, “to show our students how highly they are valued as individuals and as the future health care professionals they will become.”

Large instructional spaces are a major component of the design. There are three 127-seat lecture halls with power at each seat in the first three rows. Classroom configurations are plentiful, including classrooms seating 27 and 80 students and a 15-seat seminar room. Connecting the floors is an open central staircase allowing for ease of movement around the building. 

The administration at the NYU College of Nursing shares the enthusiasm for the space designed for them, with an eye toward collaboration. “Never before have we had a space designed specifically for our students, faculty and researchers. From its rich and innovative use of the latest learning technologies, to working alongside other leaders in the health sciences, like NYUCD, we have created a dynamic environment that will wonderfully support students’ academic success, while preparing them to make meaningful contributions in their professional careers," says Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, Dean of the NYU College of Nursing.

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