After five years of planning and more than two years of construction, NYU College of Dentistry is happy to announce that the new NYU inter-professional building at 433 First Avenue is officially open.
The 170,000 square foot, 13-floor building is being utilized by dental and nursing students in classrooms, lecture halls, and a state-of-the-art Student Learning Commons. The new building also provides offices, research labs, and conference rooms for faculty and staff from the College of Dentistry, College of Nursing, and the NYU Polytechnic Bioengineering Institute. The College of Dentistry occupies 32 percent of the building, the College of Nursing occupies approximately 50 percent, and the Bioengineering Institute occupies 18 percent.
The shared floors are the main lobby, which includes the College of Dentistry’s student services suite and a café, the 3rd floor, which houses the Student Learning Commons (for student use and study only), the 7th floor, which is shared by dentistry and nursing faculty and staff, and the 11th floor, which features the Executive Conference Center.
The main lobby houses a "Red Carpet Student Services" suite, where student counseling, candidate interviews, financial aid management, registrar functions, student services, and International Programs admissions are located. There is a large waiting room that can hold up to 24 seats for prospective students. This is where you can find Assistant Dean for Student Services Staci Ripkey and her staff, Assistant Dean for Student Admissions Eugenia Mejia and her staff, Senior Director of International Programs Dolores Spinelli and her staff, as well as College of Dentistry financial aid officers and registrars.
Beverages and light fare are available in the lobby café, which offers Starbucks coffee, as well as snacks and light meals, from 7:30 am until 8:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
The second floor houses four, new, multifunctional dental anatomy classrooms that can seat between 16 and 28 students, three 127-seat lecture halls with power available at all seats, and one 84-seat lecture hall. Additional new space for the College of Dentistry also includes a 15-seat seminar room and a 27-seat classroom on the 8th floor. The College of Dentistry will continue to utilize the classrooms and lecture halls on the 6th floor of the Schwartz and Weissman buildings.
The Student Learning Commons, occupying the entire 3rd floor of over 10,000 square feet, is open to all dental, nursing and bioengineering students, 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. It features tables, carrels, sofas, and lounge chairs along the light-filled perimeter, plus 19 student study rooms available by reservation. Students will be able to reserve study space in quiet rooms with occupancy for up to 10 people, stock up on snacks and beverages from vending machines, and print from any location in the Commons on one of six heavy duty printers. The Learning Commons Help Desk is staffed Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The 11th floor houses the NYU Executive Conference Center, which is available by special reservation.
Concrete has been poured and earth has been filled in, creating the beginning of an outside courtyard that leads from the 25th Street rear entry of the Schwartz building through to First Avenue along the southern side of the new building. There will be benches, greenery, and walkway space that is scheduled for completion by early spring, 2015.