A place of both quiet contemplation and intense scientific energy, our unique campus is the backdrop to a culture that values both independence and collaboration. This year, construction began on a two-acre campus expansion that will remake the grounds on which our researchers conduct their work.
For 113 years, since John D. Rockefeller Sr. purchased the last remaining parcel of farmland on the Upper East Side to site his new research institute, Rockefeller’s campus has occupied an area of 14 acres. Like many urban institutions, we’ve built upward: most of the new laboratory buildings we’ve added since the 1970s are towers.
But over the next three years, we’ll be growing outward. The new Stavros Niarchos Foundation–David Rockefeller River Campus now under construction is creating two new acres of land where previously there was none. Built entirely over the FDR Drive, the new campus will extend our footprint some 90 feet to the east, creating room for a 160,000-square-foot laboratory building nearly four city blocks long.
Everyone’s research benefits from the spontaneous interactions that occur when scientists with different backgrounds and different goals have easy access to one another. The university’s Collaborative Research Center, opened in 2012, was our first laboratory building designed specifically to encourage such encounters. By bridging two existing buildings with an airy lobby, it is able to accommodate up to eight labs per floor, and a grand open staircase encourages occupants to walk between floors.
The new campus will go even further. Its centerpiece, the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Research Building, will have space for up to 17 laboratories per floor, and a modular design that will make it easy to reconfigure space as labs move and grow. Within it, ideas will circulate seamlessly between neuroscientists, immunologists, geneticists, and microbiologists, creating a fertile ground for the development of new ideas and the exploration of new knowledge. It can be thought of as a tower on its side.
Roof with a view
Above the labs, campus life will flourish. A new cafeteria, an amphitheater, and a midsize conference facility will make the campus extension a lively and inspiring place to congregate. This rooftop, overlooking the East River, will be a natural extension of the existing landscape.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation–David Rockefeller River Campus will open in 2019.