Knox Hall

Seven-story stone building at the corner of two streets against a cloudy grey sky.

Knox Hall was gutted and reconstructed for classrooms and offices for Columbia University's Departments of Sociology, MEALAC, Middle East Institute, South Asia Institute and the Africa Institute. The project was awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Knox Hall's redevelopment was also honored in the "redevelopment" category by the Greater New York User Council during its 2010 Chairman's Reception, and received an honorable mention at Environmental Design & Construction's 2010 Excellence in Design Awards for its sustainable design techniques.


About the Project

Completion Date: 2009

Square Footage: 50,000 square feet

Stories: 7


  • LEED Gold Certification
  • Four 1,800-ft-deep geothermal wells descend under Manhattan's grounds and draw water for heating and cooling the building's mechanical system. By using the wells, energy costs and water consumption are reduced
  • Low-emissivity glass windows
  • Post-consumer, recycled gypsum wallboard
  • High-efficiency motion-operated lighting