Columbia University, Robert K. Kraft Family Center

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Overview

Columbia University selected Plaza to build the new 28,000-square foot, six-story Robert Kraft Family Center for Jewish Student Life, an educational, religious and social center. The new facility, constructed between Broadway and Riverside Drive, serves more than 30 student groups and 2,000 students.

Vision

Create an inviting space that celebrates the Jewish cultural heritage while providing state-of-the-art facilities. Architectural features include the use of Jerusalem stone, the same material that covers all buildings in Jerusalem by official mandate. Jerusalem stone covers the full height of the student center, emphasizing the wall as a strong exterior element.

Value

Plaza carried out construction with minimal disruption to daily campus life at Columbia, allowing safe access through the surrounding sites. The new building includes a main lobby, 375-seat grand hall, student lounges, a synagogue, a study with a 3,000-volume library in addition to a main library. There is also a terrace on the 5th floor, in addition to the numerous offices and guest suites.