John Jay College of Criminal Justice

John Jay
john Jay
John Jay

This bold contemporary addition offers more than expanded instructional space — it integrates the functions of the school into a unified urban campus, an academic “city within the city” in the heart of Manhattan.

Project Facts
  • Completion Year 2011
  • Design Finish Year 2006
  • Size Site Area: 100,000 square feet Building Height: 240 feet Number of Stories: 14 Building Gross Area: 625,000 square feet
  • Awards
    2005, Design Award: Project, AIA – New York City Chapter 2012, Award of Merit, AIA – New York State 2013, Design Award, AIA – New York City Chapter 2012, Annual Design Review, Architect Magazine 2012, Chairmans Award: Education Project, Greater New York Construction User Council 2012, Award of Merit, Best of, Engineering News Record 2013, Excellence in Architecture, Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) 2014, NY Excellence in Urban Learning Environment Design Award, Society of American Registered Architects - NY 2015, National Honor Award for Architecture, American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2015, Presidential Award for Excellence in Engineering, American Institute Of Steel Construction 2017, Excelsior Award for Public Architecture, AIA – New York State
  • Sustainability Certifications LEED BD+C NC (New Construction) Certified, BD+C, Certified
  • Collaborators
    Development Consulting Services, Inc. Jaros Baum & Bolles Jerome S. Gillman Associates Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc. Dewar Partnership Lera Shen Milsom & Wilke SBLD Studio GPR Planners Collaborative Romano Gatland Lebowitz/Gould/Design, Inc. Cannon Design Scott Blackwell Page Architects Accucost Construction Consultants, Inc. S.D. Keppler & Associates, Llc Quennell Rothschild Leslie E. Robertson Associates RPO, Inc.
Project Facts
  • Completion Year 2011
  • Design Finish Year 2006
  • Size Site Area: 100,000 square feet Building Height: 240 feet Number of Stories: 14 Building Gross Area: 625,000 square feet
  • Awards
    2005, Design Award: Project, AIA – New York City Chapter 2012, Award of Merit, AIA – New York State 2013, Design Award, AIA – New York City Chapter 2012, Annual Design Review, Architect Magazine 2012, Chairmans Award: Education Project, Greater New York Construction User Council 2012, Award of Merit, Best of, Engineering News Record 2013, Excellence in Architecture, Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) 2014, NY Excellence in Urban Learning Environment Design Award, Society of American Registered Architects - NY 2015, National Honor Award for Architecture, American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2015, Presidential Award for Excellence in Engineering, American Institute Of Steel Construction 2017, Excelsior Award for Public Architecture, AIA – New York State
  • Sustainability Certifications LEED BD+C NC (New Construction) Certified, BD+C, Certified
  • Collaborators
    Development Consulting Services, Inc. Jaros Baum & Bolles Jerome S. Gillman Associates Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc. Dewar Partnership Lera Shen Milsom & Wilke SBLD Studio GPR Planners Collaborative Romano Gatland Lebowitz/Gould/Design, Inc. Cannon Design Scott Blackwell Page Architects Accucost Construction Consultants, Inc. S.D. Keppler & Associates, Llc Quennell Rothschild Leslie E. Robertson Associates RPO, Inc.

Under one roof

John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s new building provides all the functions of a traditional college campus within a single city block. The 625,000-square-foot building doubles the size of John Jay’s existing facilities by adding classrooms, laboratories, auditoriums, faculty offices, and student lounges. The new building addresses the College’s need for instructional and social spaces and creates a unified academic presence for the institution.

John Jay College, part of the City University of New York since 1964, educates 15,000 students annually in emergency response, forensic psychology, and cyber security. Before the construction of the new building, the college was primarily located in Haaren Hall, an early-20th century building fronting 10th Avenue, and in North Hall, a former shoe factory on West 59th Street. The college had been steadily expanding for some time and, after the September 11th attacks on New York, enrollment increased dramatically to the point where the school outgrew its facilities. The new building is a critical component of John Jay’s growth and a symbol of its transformation into a senior college of The City University of New York system.

John Jay
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John Jay
© Eduard Hueber | Arch Photo Inc.

A striking design, with a cascade of social spaces

The new building consists of a four-story podium and a 14-story tower. The podium, which provides connections to Haaren Hall, contains dense social and academic programs and is topped by a 65,000-square-foot landscaped terrace that serves as a campus commons. The tower, known as “the cube,” contains faculty offices, academic quads, a conference center, and instructional laboratories. The scale of the new building is similar to its adjacent neighbors along 11th Avenue and provides a strong visual presence for the college from the West Side Highway.

A 500-foot-long, four-story cascade runs the length of the podium, organizing programs both horizontally and vertically. Beginning at the cafeteria level of the tower, the cascade descends with a series of grand staircases, escalators, and stepped amphitheater seating, culminating at the main student entrance on 59th Street and ultimately connecting to Haaren Hall. As the social spine of the campus, the cascade is programmed with open-plan lounges, study areas, and gathering spaces to maximize student interaction and activity.

The building is clad with aluminum panels and low-E coated insulated glass units. Framed glass setbacks placed at specialty spaces, including the cafeteria, research labs, the 250-seat classroom, and a lounge area off the social cascade, allow the building’s diverse programmatic functions to be visible from the exterior.

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