Students from Columbia University's Construction Administration (CNAD) program recently embarked on a site visit to 270 Park Avenue, where they gained firsthand exposure to the ongoing development of JPMorgan Chase's future global headquarters.
Designed by Foster and Partners, known for their work on 425 Park Avenue and 50 Hudson Yards, and constructed by AECOM Tishman, the innovative building promises to be a landmark in both design and sustainability.
Notably, JPMorgan Chase envisions the building becoming New York City's largest all-electric edifice, aligning with LEED Platinum standards. This commitment is realized by ensuring 97% of materials from the original structure was landfill diverted, exclusively utilizing electricity sourced from hydroelectric plants, and setting unparalleled indoor air quality benchmarks.
Carolyn Caranante, a CNAD professor and AECOM Tishman project manager of 270 Park Avenue, led students on the visit. The tour spanned four key floors, each revealing distinct facets of the building's functionality and construction phases:
- Lobby: A grand entrance boasting soaring ceilings and a stone-encased elevator lobby. Currently, an intricate scaffolding array occupies most of the floor.
- Mechanical and Electrical Floor: The building's essential systems, including switchgear, air handlers, exhaust fans, and machine gear.
- Trading Floor: An enveloped floor showcasing high-efficiency triple-pane glazing, demonstrating the fusion of aesthetics and building sustainability.
- Unenveloped Floor: A highlight of the building's structural elements and various safety systems, such as fall protection and safety net systems.
The immersive experience provided a glimpse into one of New York City's most innovative active construction projects. "As our program continues to foster a learning environment that bridges academia with real-world applications," said Construction Administration Program Director John Parkinson, "such site visits are pivotal in shaping the construction industry's future leaders."
About the Program
Columbia’s Master of Science in Construction Administration program prepares graduates for a variety of careers at the forefront of construction and project leadership. Graduates develop rewarding careers with some of the world's most respected architecture, engineering, and construction firms, entrusted with delivering some of the most impactful projects of our time.