NYU Langone Health, Master Plan and Campus Transformation

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NYU Langone Health, Master Plan and Campus Transformation

The Campus Transformation initiative began with a comprehensive master plan for NYU Langone Health’s Manhattan campus. A full-scale reimagining and reshaping of the physical environment and its capacity to accommodate growth, the Master Plan was implemented over a decade, adding 1.3 million square feet, transforming the public space and infrastructure of the campus, and creating a new center of academic life for the School of Medicine.

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The new Master Plan organizes new construction on the perimeter of the site, while strengthening and clarifying the open space in the center of the block. The strategy uses growth to define the urban street-wall; new buildings facing the river follow the curve of the shoreline and create an urban-scale identity for the institution on the skyline. 

Programmatic distribution and adjacencies have been rationalized and clarified. Inpatient care is consolidated on the north end of the campus, including a new 830,000-square-foot hospital tower and the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital. Research and education programs are organized around a central courtyard on the south end of the campus, creating new visibility and focus for the NYU Grossman School of Medicine on campus; while a new research tower facing 30th Street serves as a prominent gateway to research and education activity on campus. 

The redevelopment of the campus (extending from 34th Street to 30th Street, and First Avenue to the FDR Drive) in turn fosters an integrated civic and academic precinct, connecting ambulatory facilities north of 34th Street to the Alexandria Center and Bellevue Hospital below 30th Street, where NYU Langone conducts research and trains medical students.

On campus, a public concourse, connecting the clinical facilities at the northern end to the academic and research hub at the southern end, features public spaces, retail, and food-service amenities serving the diverse academic medical center community. The reimagined public spaces now create a coherent experience, with consistent architectural language and materials, interactive digital displays, and a program of public art.  

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The Campus Transformation also included NYU Langone Health’s comprehensive plan for upgrading infrastructure and resiliency. A newly constructed Energy Building provides on-site generation of power and steam (“cogeneration”), which lowers energy costs and allows the campus to operate off-grid in the event of a sustained utility outage. A perimeter flood barrier system, with operable gates at points of pedestrian and vehicular access, protects the campus from potential East River flooding. Critical infrastructure across the campus has been elevated above the flood elevation, and new redundant IT services and data centers have been created to ensure the resiliency of the technology systems that are now so critical to patient care. 

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From 2010 to 2018, Ennead worked with NYU Langone Health to implement the master plan, including the design of several new buildings and the comprehensive reorganization and redesign of the campus network of public spaces and courtyards.

Kimmel Pavilion
The Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion is an 830,000-square-foot inpatient tower, housing the hospital’s most technologically advanced operating and procedure suites. The pavilion is the first in New York City to provide private rooms for all of its 374 patients; and with its six-story atrium, public art installations, expansive views, and access to light and natural environments, the Kimmel Pavilion redefines the experience of care, for patients, families, and care-givers.

Learn more about NYU Langone Health, Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion.

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The Science Building
The new 365,000-square-foot translational research building anchors the on-campus academic and research zone and serves as the new gateway to the School of Medicine. The building houses a major animal facility and other specialized research resources, including the Genomic Technology Center. A newly designed Alumni Courtyard is now the center of academic life on campus, surrounded by teaching and conference space, a new medical library, café and coffee bar, and a range of spaces for formal and informal collaboration.

Learn more about NYU Langone Health, Science Building and School of Medicine Renovations here. 


New York, NY
2,500,000 GSF
Patient Care, Eduction, Research, Housing, Administration, Clinical Support, Building Support and Infrastructure


Ennead Design Team
Thomas Wong, Duncan Hazard, David Tepper, Lois Mate, Marissa Sweig Trigger, Matthew Dionne, Ryan Lewandowski, Elizabeth Arnaiz, Tara Leibenhaut-Tyre, Natasha Skogerboe, Vram Malek, Andrew Sumners
Associate Architect
MEP / IT Consultant
Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Jeff Goldberg/Esto, Aislinn Weidele/Ennead Architects