Alumni Auditorium Renovation

  • Alumni Auditorium: Existing Exterior
  • Alumni Auditorium: Rendering by MdeAS Architects
  • Black Building and Alumni Auditorium: Existing Exterior
  • Black Building and Alumni Auditorium: Rendering by MdeAS Architects

Renderings by MdeAS Architects


About the Project 

The College of Physicians and Surgeons Building and the William Black Building currently have fortress-like exterior facades, congested entry conditions, outdated lobbies and connecting public spaces, and suboptimal interior spaces behind the lobbies. By erecting a welcoming glass façade and reconfiguring the interior spaces, we are creating an open, collaborative, and supportive physical environment for staff, students, and visitors to gather, share ideas, and innovate.


Access to the Space

To enable these renovation efforts, Alumni Auditorium will be temporarily closed and offline from 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, through 11 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, 2017. Beginning September 1, 2017, Alumni Auditorium will reopen and be available for use; a temporary façade enclosure will be constructed and will remain in place until the new glass façade is completed. The auditorium lobby, however, will remain temporarily closed and unavailable for use until the project is completed in summer 2018. 


We will share updates via campus-wide notifications, including digital signage, printed signage, and announcements in the CU168 newsletter. If you work adjacent to the space, we also invite you to sign up for building alerts to stay informed about the impact to your specific building.


Fact Sheet 

Project Location: 630-650 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032


Client: CUMC Central Administration


Project Program: New building façade and lobby aim to provide a modern, welcoming appearance to one of the most prominent areas of the CUMC campus.


Project Area:

  • Auditorium Façade and Lobby: 3,000 square feet
  • Auditorium: 6,464 square feet


Special Features/Highlights:

  • New glass façade
  • New lobby, lighting, and interior finishes
  • New HVAC infrastructure
  • New ADA lift from lobby to auditorium
  • New auditorium seating with table arms
  • New auditorium audiovisual system


Project Team:

  • Ben Suzuki, director, Capital Project Management
  • Lysander Chan, project manager, Capital Project Management


Architect: MdeAS Architects


MEP Engineer: WSP Group


Structural Engineer: Leslie E. Robertson Associates, RLLP


LEED Consultant: Vidaris, Inc.


Status: Not Started

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