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Tech Time Though devoted to training of healthcare technicians, CUNY City Tech's new eight-story building opens itself to the street and features free care for locals ©Courtesy Perkins Eastman ©Courtesy Perkins Eastman feature City Tech's transparent, three-story-high lobby lets the barrelvaulted auditorium clad in mango-colored ceramic tile stand out. B Y R I C H A R D S TA U B I t's called the Brooklyn Tech Triangle. That's the growing hub of tech companies and 11 colleges and universities in Downtown Brooklyn, neighboring DUMBO, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Its latest addition is the City University of New York's new academic complex for New York City College of Technology (City Tech), designed by Perkins Eastman and now under construction. Located across the street from the college's main building and next to the MetroTech Center's brick towers, the eight-story, 360,000-square-foot building will offer facilities such as labs and more sophisticated technology that other City Tech buildings are too old to easily accommodate. "Tech" today usually implies computer-software development. But since its founding 70 years ago, City Tech has provided its entirely commuter student body with a much wider swath of meat-andpotatoes technical training. Its 51 degree programs include business, computer systems, healthcare, hospitality, and law-related professions. But with its other buildings blocks away, the college couldn't offer students a true campus. This $300-million building, with its emphasis on training for allied healthcare workers, helps fix that. With a façade that's almost all glass and lit into the evening, the building is a blast of today in a subdued part of Downtown Brooklyn. It's divided into three volumes. The first is the bottom three floors, two-thirds of which is a three-story lobby that is the hub of the building. In the other third are classrooms, labs, and a café that overlooks the lobby, plus escalators connecting all eight floors. "We used glass because we wanted the building to 30 Oculus Spring 2016 CLIENT: City University of New York ARCHITECT: Perkins Eastman DESIGN TEAM: Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, Mindy No, AIA, Luboslav Bauko, RA, Lara Guerra, Amra Kulenovic, LEED AP, Perry Nunez, Richard Rapoport, Martin Munter, Linton Stables, Aaron Schwarz, FAIA LANDSCAPE DESIGN: Balmori Associates LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: HM White Site Architects CIVIL/SITE/GEOTECH ENGINEER: Langan Engineering STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff MEP AND FP ENGINEER: Jaros Baum & Bolles ACADEMIC PROGRAMMER: Scott Blackwell Page FAÇADE CONSULTANT: ALT Cladding Limited VERTICAL TRANSPORTATION: Van Deusen & Associates IT AND ACOUSTICAL CONSULTANT: Shen Milsom & Wilke THEATER CONSULTANT: Theatre Projects Consultants LIGHTING DESIGN: Cline Bettridge Bernstein EME Group LEED CONSULTANT: FAÇADE MAINTENANCE: Entek Engineering AUDIOVISUAL CONSULTANTS: Cerami & Associates; Acoustic Distinctions be welcoming for the variety of visitors that come to the building," says Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEEP AP, Perkins Eastman's principal-in-charge. At the rear of the lobby is the 1,000-seat auditorium, a bold, barrel-vaulted volume clad in mango-colored ceramic tile that extends beyond the curtain wall to have its own street presence. Used for school assemblies, training of theater tech students, and outside rentals, it will have a warm interior with dark cherry-stained acoustic wall panels and seats upholstered in a deep red fabric. One floor below is an 800-seat gym. The five floors mainly will train students in such allied health service professions as medical and dental assistants. There are labs, research centers, and teachers' offices there as well. The bonus is the community center, where area residents can get their teeth cleaned and eyes examined for free by technicians in training. City Tech's standard teacher/student classroom layouts and neutral interiors will get a jolt of color from the furnishings. The top volume's glass curtain wall will underline the building's openness, with occasional opaque gray panels adding variety and bands of terra-cotta tiles defining its edges. Perkins Eastman's project manager Mindy No, AIA, says, "At night, with all eight floors lit, the building will glow as a welcoming beacon for students, faculty, and the community." < SECURITY CONSULTANT: Kroll Security Group SIGNAGE CONSULTANT: Two Twelve FURNITURE: Edgar Hillsman Richard Staub is a marketing consultant and writer who focuses on issues important to the design and building community. CONSTRUCTION MANAGER: Sciame Corporation Institutional Shifts

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Spring 2016 Institutional Shifts

Letter from the President
Letter from the Editor
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
Opener: The Intersection of Technology and Walkability
The Challenges of Expansion
A Win-Win at Rockefeller University
Course Requirements
1,087 Windows (and a Unique Focus) on the City
Tech Time
Playing a New Tune
A More Perfect Union
Social Innovation by Design
In Print
117-Year Watch
Last Words
Index to Advertisers

Oculus - Spring 2016 Institutional Shifts