John Jay College of Criminal Justice
The American Institute of Architecture (AIA) National Honor Awards were announced recently and John Jay College’s new building was one of just 8 buildings honored by the AIA for architecture in 2015. The awards recognize extraordinary work in architecture and reflect ‘a resurgence of architecture for the public’.
The winners were chosen by a jury of the nation’s top architects. John Jay’s new building garnered praise from the jury with the comment: “this massive programmatic space has created an entire village – from a beautiful and happy daycare to a full-service kitchen and dining facility, mock courtrooms, and full-science laboratories. The diversity of spaces is impressive, and it is hard to imagine that it could be done better“.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 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, John Jay College was primarily located in Haaren Hall, an early 20th century building fronting the 10th Avenue and 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 transformation into a senior college of The City University of New York system and it is an expression of the College’s continued commitment to ‘educating for justice’.
Fritted glass panels are arranged in a staggered pattern along the facades, while vertical fins, ranging in depth from 3 to 11 inches, are arranged in horizontal bands on all four sides of the building. These aluminum fins are finished with silver-speckled mica-flake paint on one side and are silk-screened with a varying pattern of red dots on the other. These two treatments of the fins create a dynamic visual effect depending on the direction from which one approaches the building.
Structural Engineer : Leslie E. Robertson Associates, RLLP