Past Construction Projects

Knox Hall

Knox Hall.jpg

Knox Hall is the new home of Columbia University's Departments of Sociology, MEALAC, Middle East Institute, South Asia Institute and the Africa Institute. It provides spaces for interdisciplinary thinking.


  • The project includes four 2,000-foot deep geothermal wells as part of an overall sustainable design effort.
  • Building re-use
  • Community connectivity
  • Reduction of lighting pollution and heat island effects
  • Water use reduction
  • Double glazed replacement windows
  • High efficiency geothermal HVAC
  • Equipment and controls
  • Use of re-used, re-cycled, regional and renewable materials
  • Knox Hall is registered under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. 

ARCHITECTS: Helpern Architects


  • Gilbane Building Company
  • Ideal Interiors

OCCUPANTS: Departments of Sociology, MEALAC, Middle East Institute, South Asia Institute, Africa Institute

LOCATION: on the campus of Union Theological Seminary on 122nd Street and Broadway

SQUARE FOOTAGE: 50,000 gross square feet

STORIES: 7 above-ground levels and 1 below ground level

START DATE: February 2008

COMPLETION DATE: September 2009