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FXFOWLE and CO Architects collaborate on Columbia University School of Nursing building

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FXFOWLE and CO Architects collaborate on Columbia University School of Nursing building

The building has a ‘collaboration ribbon’ that runs throughout the building.

By David Malone, Associate Editor | November 28, 2017
The new Columbia University School of Nursing building

Photo courtesy of FXFOWLE

The new Columbia University School of Nursing building anchors the Medical Center’s urban New York City campus and offers students learning and social spaces. The building, conceived by FXFOWLE and Co Architects as a “welcoming lantern,” provides 65% more space than the school’s previous location.

Running throughout the seven-story building is a “collaboration ribbon” that begins in the lobby and flows upwards. The ribbon links people and offices with a series of informal meeting and breakout spaces before it culminates at a rooftop event space and garden.


The rooftop terrace at the new Columbia University School of NursingPhoto courtesy of FXFOWLE.


The building’s core houses clinical simulation labs, research centers, computer labs, and flexible office spaces. The simulation center provides students with a variety of technology-rich, simulated environments to practice patient care procedures in a safe, low-risk setting. The building was designed to alternate educational areas with spaces for community outreach.

The project provides about 70,000 sf and is targeting LEED Gold certification.


Columbia University School of Nursing simulation labPhoto courtesy of FXFOWLE.

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