New York’s Mayor pledges $74 Million to FIT
The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) has received $74 million in funding from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration to construct a new state-of-the art academic building.
This new 10-story structure will add 100,000 square feet of space, addressing overcrowding for 10,000 students. The space, which will open onto 28th Street, will feature a green roof and a solar grid that will concentrate the sun’s energy to power the building. The facility will include both academic and student life spaces, including smart classrooms, studios, laboratories and exhibition spaces.
Designed by SHoP Architects as part of a design competition sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the building will feature a glass facade, allowing people to see inside for a view of college life at FIT.
It’s estimated that the design will still take another year to finalize and that its construction will take three years — so the earliest the new building will open is summer 2019. Meanwhile, FIT’s student body continues to grow. A representative for the college says the campus is currently overcrowded and another 400,000 square feet of space is needed to address that overcrowding — the newly approved building will only address 25 percent of that need. Still, the newly committed funds are a step in the right direction.