New Building FAQs

Why is Barnard building a teaching and learning center?

For over 125 years, Barnard has been known for its distinctive academic culture –– dedicated to women’s education, devoted to the liberal arts, and infused with the vibrancy of New York City. At the heart of Barnard’s mission is teaching and learning, which requires a modern facility that brings technology seamlessly into our classrooms and research experiences, and offers fresh, inspiring, thoughtfully designed spaces for reflection, research, and collaboration.

The 128,000-square-foot Cheryl and Philip Milstein Teaching and Learning Center is almost double the size of Lehman Hall, the building it replaces. It will transform Barnard’s campus and serve as a focal point for scholarship, community and innovation.

How can I keep up-to-date on the project and receive information on construction impacts and timelines?

We are sending regular email updates to people interested in the project. If you'd like to be added to our list, send your name and email address to: newbuilding@barnard.edu.

What will be in The Milstein Center?

The Milstein Center will house:

  • A library with a core collection of books, journals, special collections and archives that support a strong liberal arts education.
  • A digital commons with innovative teaching labs (empirical reasoning center, digital humanities lab, creativity lab, and multimedia lab) and a range of flexible learning spaces that utilize new media and digital technologies.
  • A computational science center equipped to support students and faculty in pioneering scientific, mathematical, and computational methods research, which physically connects to science classrooms and labs in neighboring Altschul Hall.
  • Inviting student spaces that include a variety of active and quiet study areas for individuals and groups.
  • Flexible, technologically current classrooms for seminars and large group instruction.
  • Conferencing facilities connected to meeting and event spaces in The Diana Center.
  • Departmental offices for economics, history, political science and urban studies.
  • Homes for two signature programs: the Barnard Center for Research on Women and the Athena Center for Leadership Studies.
  • A small café, serving coffee and grab-and-go items.
  • Accessible outdoor terraces.

When will it open?

The Milstein Center is scheduled to open in August 2018.

Who are the architects and construction company for the project?

Award-winning Skidmore, Owings & Merrill architect Roger Duffy, FAIA, whose work includes major buildings at the New School, Brown University, Deerfield Academy, and the David Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, designed the new teaching and learning center.

New York City-headquartered Turner Construction is the construction services company for the new teaching and learning center.  The company is a leading builder in diverse and numerous market segments, earning recognition for undertaking large, complex projects, fostering innovation, embracing emerging technologies, and making a difference for their clients, employees and community.  It was founded in New York in 1902 and has contributed to many of the city’s landmark projects, including Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center and Yankee Stadium.

Will The Milstein Center achieve a LEED rating?

The new teaching and learning center is projected to receive at least a LEED Silver Rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.