Perkins Eastman | St. Johns University: John J. Dasilva Academic Center

St. John's University: John J. DaSilva Academic Center

Staten Island, New York
Perkins Eastman designed a master plan with a focus on potential site selections for a proposed classroom building for St. John’s University’s Staten Island Campus. After touring the site, visiting the facilities, and reviewing previous plans and reports drawn up for the campus, the design team met with the Master Planning Committee and explored two recommended options for the site. The team analyzed the prospective sites with special concern for how the building would impact the campus as a whole.

Designed to transform the collection of buildings into a cohesive campus, the new academic building—40,000 sf on three levels—is one of the largest structures on campus and highly visible from all entry points. The design is sensitive to the scale of the surrounding buildings and the impression of the building on the campus. The location and design of the structure help make it a true center for the campus and gives it a sense of unity.

The steel-framed building addresses the campus need for a state-of-the-art classroom space and provides large computer classrooms and an open access lab. The structure will house a tech center, general classrooms, a science lab, a communications lab, and faculty offices and it will include informal student gathering areas, both inside and out.