The Jerome L. Greene Science Center
The Zuckerman Institute will make its home in the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, a state-of-the-art facility designed by celebrated architect Renzo Piano. The building was made possible by a historic $250 million gift from Dawn M. Greene and the Jerome L. Greene Foundation in 2006.
Set to open in 2016, the building is the first to rise on Columbia's new 17-acre Manhattanville campus. The 9-story, 450,000 square-foot structure is designed to maximize creative collaboration among scientists. It includes connecting stairways and common spaces that link individual researchers and lab groups into a coherent community.
The Greene Science Center will be a hub of cross-university research, bringing together researchers from Columbia University Medical Center, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and other schools on the Morningside Campus.
Engagement with the surrounding community is intrinsic to the mission of the Institute and hardwired into its new campus. The ground floor of the Greene Science Center will include the Center for Education and Outreach, a public education center dedicated to brain science, offering a variety of programs on the brain, mental health, and neuroscience for K-12 students, teachers, and the general public. A street-level screening facility will serve as a first stop for area residents with concerns about brain and mental health.
"Jerry believed in education, especially a Columbia education, and he believed in New York and its future...The creation of a building for the Mind, Brain and Behavior Initiative struck me as the perfect coming together of all his interests."Dawn M. Greene, the late philanthropist, on the gift honoring her husband, Jerome L. Greene
About the Architect's Vision
Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano spent many hours in conversation with Columbia neuroscientists before sketching designs for the Greene Science Center. They saw a need to create quiet spaces for concentration and open space where people and ideas from various disciplines can come together—as well as shared public spaces for those from the University and local community.
The key to Piano's plan is to embrace the intersection of the City and the University. "The university of the 21st century," he says, “is not a fortified citadel and Columbia University in New York City has always been an example of the urban university, in contact with a complex social reality."