The original Fiterman Hall, the southernmost component of the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) campus, was severely damaged in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks when the neighboring 7 World Trade Center collapsed. This project included the environmental remediation and deconstruction of the damaged structure. The new facility, containing 15 levels COST PER SQ FT$560.00FEATURED IN2013 Architectural Portfolio program space and home to four major academic programs, houses classrooms, computer labs, faculty and administrative offices, student lounges and study areas, a cafe and art gallery, and a conference center.
The new building accommodates a vertical campus on a relatively small site. To address this challenge, the mid- and high-rise floors are served by two banks of elevators that operate in express mode during change-of-class periods. Additionally, two-story atrium spaces with interconnecting open spiral stairs and student lounge areas enable students to travel up or down one flight from the express elevator stops. Finally, the four major program areas are grouped into two-floor packages with lounge areas, enabling students to remain on their program floors for much of the day, significantly reducing elevator loads.