About the Building
The new building advances FIT’s commitment to operating a more sustainable campus, following a carbon footprint reduction of more than 55 percent during the past decade. Upon completion, FIT will seek LEED Gold certification for the use of green building strategies that include sustainable materials, smart technology, energy efficiency, daylighting, and sustainable construction practices.
Designed by New York–based SHoP Architects in a competition sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the 10-story, 100,000+ square-foot structure will redefine FIT’s presence in the neighborhood. The currently inward-facing campus will be transformed into one that opens to the vitality of New York City, providing passersby a view of college life through a glass façade on West 28th Street. The fully-accessible building features include 26 smart, energy-efficient learning spaces (classrooms, studios, and labs); a double-height knitting lab; a soaring lobby that connects to the Marvin Feldman Center on West 27th Street; and a light-filled atrium set between the new building and the Feldman Center.