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John Jay College of Criminal Justice

New York, NY United States

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill


Project Description

Education Projects

2012 Annual Design Review

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice has been faced with fortunate pressures: surging enrollment and the changing technologies of criminal justice and education. Yet, for years, students and staff continued to work out of several disjointed buildings in Midtown Manhattan. That changed in 2007, when the school broke ground on a new Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)–designed structure that would not only increase the school’s space, but also unify its campus, all while providing sorely needed space for student life, auditoriums, lecture halls, and the technological setup for a 21st century school.

The existing academic building sits on the opposite end of the block and the other side of the street from the school’s historic Haaren Hall, so SOM designed a city-block-length elevated landscaped area as a way to connect the disparate buildings and grade changes in a cogent circulatory system. At the site’s western terminus, SOM included a tower for academic departments and science facilities—a distinctive building, but also one that responds to its context. The steel frame is clad in glass with aluminum fins, which not only cut solar gain, but also customize the building’s finish. On one face, silver-specked mica-flake paint melds with the glass towers along the building’s western edge, while red-dotted silk screens on the eastern façade correspond to the school’s Haaren Hall brick cladding.

“The skin of the building is very successful in terms of being a system, on the one hand, but also creating a lot of variety.” —Mark Yoes


Project Details

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
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Project Team:
    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Architect
  • Design Partner: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill - Mustafa K. Abadan 
  • Managing Partner: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill - T.J. Gottesdiener 
  • Owner’s Representative: Turner Construction Co. 
  • Structural Engineer: Leslie E. Robertson Associates 
  • M/E/P Engineer: Vertical Transportation Jaros Baum & Bolles 
  • Laboratories Planning: GPR Planners Collaborative 
  • Civil Engineer: Langan Engineering & Environmental Services 
  • Geotechnical Engineer: Langan Engineering & Environmental Services 
  • Lighting Designer: SBLD Studio 
  • Higher Education Programming: Scott Blackwell Page Architect 
  • Landscape Architect: Quennell Rothschild & Partners 
  • Food Service: Romano Gatland 
  • Acoustical/Audiovisual/Telecom/Security Consultant: Shen 
  • Acoustical/Audiovisual/Telecom/Security Consultant: Milson & Wilke 
  • Graphics: Lebowitz Gould Design 
  • Door Hardware Consultant: Ingersoll Rand 
  • Environmental And Energy Consultant: S.D. Keppler & Associates 
  • Building Maintenance: Lerch Bates 
  • Zoning: Development Consulting Services 
  • Expediting Services: RPO 
  • Cost Estimating: AccuCost Construction Consultants 
  • Cost Estimating: Turner Construction Co. 
  • Photographer: Eduard Hueber 
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Project Size:
    625,000 sq ft


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