Manhattanville Development


The Manhattanville Development Group directly manages all aspects of development, design, construction and project management of the University's campus expansion into West Harlem. We are a world class, high performance organization for development, design, and construction of complex projects and smaller renovations. We provide leadership and promote innovation in all assignments and achieve excellence in service delivery by managing client expectations, ensuring projects are completed on time, within budget, and constructed of the highest quality while maintaining the lowest cost.

Manhattanville Development is divided into the following groups:

  • Business/Client Services
  • Design Management
  • MEP/Technical Construction Services/Field Mitigation
  • Project Management
  • Special Development Projects

About Manhattanville
The Manhattanville campus will be a 17-acre site just north of Columbia's historic Morningside Heights campus, and consists primarily of the four large blocks from 129th to 133rd Streets between Broadway and Twelfth Avenue. The plan includes approximately 6.8 million square feet of space for teaching, research, underground parking, and support services. It features new facilities for civic, cultural, recreational, and commercial activity as well as a permanent site for the newly opened Columbia-assisted public secondary school for math, science, and engineering. And its improved, pedestrian-friendly streets and new publicly accessible open spaces will reconnect West Harlem to the new Hudson River waterfront park.

The first phase of the project will include the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, for research with implications for the treatment of Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and other neurological diseases; new homes for Columbia Business School, the School of International and Public Affairs, and the School of the Arts; as well as a permanent site for the newly opened Columbia-assisted public secondary school for math, science, and engineering. Subsequent phases, to be completed over the next two decades, will emphasize interdisciplinary scholarship, including biomedical engineering, nanotechnology, systems biology, and urban and populations studies, as well as housing for graduate students and faculty.

In recognition of the impact that such projects have on area residents, the University and the Manhattanville Development Group endeavor to keep its neighbors and their representatives informed of major renovations and construction projects, on and off campus. Further information about the Manhattanville expansion can be located via the Neighbors website (, which contains detailed information about planning and design efforts, community engagement, jobs and opportunities and recent news concerning the project site.