New School Auditorium to Rise Saturday

By Andrea Swalec on January 20, 2012 10:00am 

The New School's University Center will have a brass and glass exterior.
The New School's University Center will have a brass and glass exterior.
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Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

MANHATTAN — Massive steel trusses that will become the base of the auditorium at the New School's new Fifth Avenue building are being put in place Saturday, builders said.

Transport of three 74-ton, 12-foot-high supports for the University Center's 800-seat auditorium will close East 13th Street, between Fifth Avenue and University Place, to traffic from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Tishman Construction Corporation senior vice president Thomas Hoban said. 

Neighbor Susan Kramer, who lives on 14th Street just north of the construction site, said she appreciated the New School's efforts to inform the community about work at 65 Fifth Ave. but that banging sounds awaken her on weekends.

"We were initially told there would be no weekend work, but now they work every Saturday, starting at 7 a.m.," she said. 

The 16-story, brass and glass building is on track to be ready for occupancy in fall 2013, New School spokeswoman Jane Crotty said. 

The University Center will house the auditorium, classrooms, student lounges, street-level retail spaces and six stories of dorms with a total of 600 beds, according to architect Skidmore, Owings and Merrill's website.

The New School's University Center will include an auditorium for which structures will be put up Sat., Jan. 21, 2012.
The New School's University Center will include an auditorium for which structures will be put up Sat., Jan. 21, 2012.
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Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

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