Alumni Auditorium Renovation

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Building and the William Black Building currently have fortress-like exterior facades, congested entry conditions, outdated lobbies and connecting public spaces, and suboptimal interior spaces behind the lobbies.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 11:00 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. Beginning September 5, 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.

In the interim, you can reach the first floor of the auditorium via the lobby of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Building and the first floor of the William Black Building (not the lobby level). To reach the second floor of the auditorium, please enter the auditorium space via the Black Building lobby and take the stairs up. The auditorium’s restrooms will also reopen; however, please note that the nearest accessible restroom is located just outside the auditorium on the P&S side.

When planning upcoming events in the auditorium, event planners should keep in mind that the auditorium lobby is not available for food setup or receptions. Furthermore, there is a no food policy within the auditorium.

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 W. 168th St., 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 and 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

Architect: MdeAS Architects

MEP Engineer: WSP Group

Structural Engineer: Leslie E. Robertson Associates, RLLP

LEED Consultant: Vidaris, Inc.

Anticipated Completion: 2018

Project Team