Francine LeFrak Center Construction

The Francine A. LeFrak Foundation Center for Well-Being serves as a centralized hub for all wellness-related initiatives across campus and supports a 360-degree perspective of personal well-being: physical, financial, and mental. Once its physical space opens in Barnard Hall in Fall 2023/Winter 2024, the Francine LeFrak Center will become a signature space on campus, sending a clear message to the College’s broader community and the outside world about the importance of holistic well-being, especially for girls and women.

Project Specifics

The mission of the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation Center for Well-Being is to:

  • Create a physical space that brings together programs for physical, mental, and financial well-being to educate the whole “body, mind and soul” 
  • Reinsert physical fitness spaces into the building 
  • Focus on inclusion, bringing together the Barnard community
  • Showcase Barnard Hall’s new identity with a focus on community, connection, and inclusion
  • Highlight the college’s commitment to supporting the multiple dimensions of wellness balance between different dimensions of students’ (originally physical + intellectual)
  • Provide shared spaces for faculty, students, staff, as well as gender inclusive facilities to support the center’s programming
  • Emphasize the College’s core values of Equity & Inclusion, Connection & Community, Action & Engagement, Exploration & Empowerment, and Integration & Sustainability

Project Specifics

  • Architect: Mitchell Giurgola Architects
    Construction Manager: JRM Construction

  • 4,000-square-feet fitness center
  • Expanded lobby and Wellness Commons area 
  • Dedicated spaces for Mental Well-Being and Financial Well-Being educational programs, including Being Barnard and the Wellness Spot
  • New bathrooms and locker facilities for students, faculty and staff
  • Dedicated Athletes Room for CU/BC women athletes 
  • Shared spaces and meeting rooms to be used by faculty, staff and students for programming
  • The Ethel S. LeFrak '41 and Samuel J. LeFrak Theatre will be created in the location of the former pool, providing a flexible +/- 225-seat venue for classes, performances, and events that will enhance and expand opportunities for our students. 
  • We expect this work in Barnard Hall to conclude by spring semester 2024, with a target phased opening in the late fall of 2023. 
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Timeline

2022

  • October Asbestos abatement begins in Barnard Hall
  • December Early demolition and steel work begins in Barnard Hall
    • First Floor: LeFrak Center
    • Mezzanine: Locker rooms, PE storage, Union offices
    • Lower Level: Fitness Center, Bathrooms/Locker rooms, Laundry, Pool, IMATS storage
    • Sub-basement tunnel

2023

  • February Early demolition and initial steel work concludes in Barnard Hall
  • March Major construction work begins in Barnard Hall

2024

February Official opening of the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation Center for Well-Being

 

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To make an online gift to the Francine LeFrak Center, please click the button below. If you would like to discuss the Francine LeFrak Center’s fundraising priorities in greater detail, please contact Kate Martinez, Associate Vice President for Development and Alumnae Relations, at (212) 853-8329 or kmartinez@barnard.edu.