A Change of Pace

By Renée Olson
Photography: Ryan Donnell

Gorgeous New Spaces Bring the City In

It takes only a brief stroll into the beautifully reimagined spaces at our landmark downtown buildings, One Pace Plaza and 41 Park Row, to understand why our social media has been bursting with emoji-laden praise:

Wow! My alma mater heart emoji
sssoo cool!! diamond emojis
things have gotten fancier since I graduated crying face emoji

The expansive and confident design is what first catches your eye, but far more is at work in this $60 million, 18-month-long reshuffling of campus. The University partnered with FXCollaborative, the architectural firm behind the Condé Nast Building and the Statue of Liberty Museum, to design spaces that strengthen existing connections and inspire new ones—on campus and off.

“We have entirely transformed our main gateway to the city—and opened Pace University to our community,” President Marvin Krislov said at the ribbon-cutting on January 28. “New York gets to see us: Pace in action.”

The time is right. Since 9/11, Lower Manhattan has been reshaped by multiple forces, a huge rebuilding effort and a residential boom. And Pace has been transformed as well. Historically a commuter school, Pace had 500 students living on campus in 2000; today, that number has more than quadrupled. That translates into a far greater need for campus meeting spots for heady sit-downs for students and faculty—and an even harder-to-miss visual footprint for the University as it continues to grow in prominence.

“For students, this space is more than a new set of rooms,” says Joseph Colella ’19, Student Government Association Executive President. “It’s a marketplace of character and life. A vault for our memories. A testament to what a love for legacy can bring to a community of students.”