Towers Modernization Project

In June 2017, Columbia University Medical Center will begin the Towers Modernization Project, a multi-year residential improvement project designed to enhance spaces throughout Towers 1, 2, and 3.

The Towers were originally built in the 1970s. To prepare them to better house current and future generations of CUMC students, we will reconfigure and improve apartments as well as upgrade the fire alarm system, among other enhancements.

Are you a resident of the Towers? Please direct any inquiries about this project to You can also learn more about our strict safety policies and procedures around asbestos abatement. For updates about this project, see our weekly newsletter.

See the Towers Modernization Project fact sheet (.pdf).

Project Location: Tower 1 (60 Haven Ave.) and Towers 2 and 3 (100 Haven Ave.)

Client: Columbia University Medical Center

Project Scope

Apartment renovations: The renovated apartments will have more open kitchens, allowing for larger gatherings, and the bay window bedrooms will be expanded. Most renovated apartments will receive more natural light.

Fire System Upgrades: In addition to enhancing the fire alarm panels in the lobbies of the Towers, we will be wall mounting smoke detectors in individual apartments. The Office of Housing Services will contact residents in advance to arrange a time for our installer to place a device in each apartment. All external contractors will be accompanied by a security officer.

Project Area: 75,120,657 gross square feet (housing towers only)

Special Feature and Highlight: Fire safety upgrades

Architect: Marin Architects

MEP Engineer: AKF

Environmental Hygienist: TBD



  • Tower 1: King Rose Construction
  • Towers 2 and 3: Civil Projects Developers Corp.

Fire Alarm Upgrades

  • Towers 1, 2, and 3: New Age Electrical Contracting, Inc.


  • Towers 1, 2, and 3: Incinia Contracting, Inc. (2017); Pal Environmental, Inc. (2018)

Abatement Monitoring

  • Tower 1: Empire Environmental Ltd.
  • Towers 2 and 3: Omega Environmental Services Inc.

Sprinklers: TBD

Status: In progress


Please contact the Office of Housing Services at or 212-305-HELP (4357), option 2. You may also contact Misa Radulov, housing project manager, at, or Faten Tayeh, associate project manager, at