The NYU School of Global Public Health spans two historic loft buildings which have been joined to accommodate clinical research, student gathering space, a conference center, and faculty and administrative offices. The design focuses on creating a healthy and collaborative environment that diminishes hierarchy within this diverse group of 450 scholars and administrators, and an enrollment of 1,400.
Throughout the building, high ceilings, color-controlled LED lighting, and nature-based color schemes contribute to a calm and productive atmosphere. Use of internal stairs is encouraged through openness, daylighting, and inviting graphics and lighting.
On upper floors, flexible open workstation configurations adjoin meeting and breakout spaces. Glass-walled offices encourage participation while providing acoustical isolation when required. 95% of users can access natural light and views, and windows are operable. Workspaces are customizable, with sit-stand desks and ergonomic furniture. Informal eating/working lounges and stress-free gender-neutral bathrooms are on every workspace floor. A twenty-four-person videoconference suite is outfitted to seamlessly collaborate with the school’s partners on six continents. A two-floor penthouse “flex” conference center accommodates public events and fitness/wellness programming. Users can also access a three-story gym and bike room with showers on premises.