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Project Overview

School of Social Work

The Columbia School of Social Work is the oldest and one of the most renowned institutions of its kind in the United States. Its ability to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century was severely hampered by the inadequacies of its former home, McVickar Hall, located on 113th Street between Broadway and Riverside Drive. To overcome these deficiencies, the School of Social Work and the University have constructed a new instructional and office facility at 1255 Amsterdam Avenue between West 121st Street and Morningside Drive. It provides instructional spaces, administrative and faculty research offices as well as a street-level retail space. The building opened in August 2004.


Square Footage 144,800
Lot Size 24,652 square feet
Building Stories 11
Construction Cost $50,250,000
Program Instructional spaces, administrative and faculty research offices

Tentative Milestones

Start Date

End Date


04/200208/2002Construction Document
06/200207/2002Site Prep / Containment
07/200212/2002Excavation / Foundation
05/200301/2004Exterior Enclosure
10/200307/2004Interior Finish