In January 2019, we opened transformed academic spaces in our two historic buildings in lower Manhattan, an overhaul that added state-of-the-art student and faculty spaces, all while replacing concrete walls with glass ones, to open Pace to the community around us. These modernizations have revitalized the campus experience for the 9,200 students on our New York City Campus.
During the Spring 2021 semester, we are embarking on the second phase of the Master Plan which will rebuild floors four, five, and six of One Pace Plaza West into a modern learning environment with high-tech instructional tools conducive to contemporary and future methods of teaching and learning. These new spaces will serve our forward-thinking programs in health care, environmental science, and computer science and information systems.
The renovation will feature new classrooms, collaborative study areas, and conference rooms that will be equipped with AV technology. Select classrooms are being equipped with Zoom technology, so hybrid pedagogies and remote learning opportunities may be leveraged in the future. Select classrooms will also be equipped with white board capture technology, enabling faculty to project white board content, share it in Zoom sessions, and make the content available for outside class utilization. WiFi systems will be available throughout all spaces with robust bandwidth for high data and voice traffic conditions.
Other notable features of the renovation include sustainable design elements to improve indoor air quality and reduce the use of natural resources. We will also use furniture, carpeting, paint, and other finishes with low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and we will install an ionization system to improve indoor air quality. Where possible, recycled and local materials will be used to minimize greenhouse gas emissions, and during the demolition phase, materials will be recycled whenever possible. The designs will specify energy efficient equipment for heating and cooling, LED lighting, efficient water-saving fixtures, and connections to Pace’s building management system for highest efficiency. These efforts are part of the University’s ongoing commitment to reduce our carbon consumption and minimize our environmental footprint.