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Columbia University - Manhattanville

Educational groundwork

New York, New York

In Upper Manhattan, Columbia University set out to build a new campus. Their goal was to create a world-class center of research and teaching, a place that would be pedestrian-friendly and connect West Harlem and Harlem Piers Park.

We designed several large infrastructure relocations for the 17-acre campus. Those included new combined sewers (at a 60” diameter), separate storm sewers to collect stormwater runoff (to distribute downstream of an existing regulator), and separate sanitary sewers for proposed university facilities. Upgraded water, gas, electric, and telecommunication facilities needed to be designed in preparation for the new development.

Street lighting, sidewalks, and several roadways facilitated campus circulation and supported below-grade facility requirements. And our extensive grading studies and detailed topographical surfaces helped with the design for campus facilities and open spaces.

Columbia University’s Manhattanville campus will take around three decades to complete, but the groundwork will support them well in creating a great place to teach and learn. 

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