Cooper, Robertson & Partners designed a new School of Social Work for Hunter College. The design for the new Silberman School of Social Work allows the School to “live its mission” by inviting access and open exchange among students, faculty, and the East Harlem community through the integration of creative programming, physical transparency, and views. The entrance lobby is conceived of as an interior street linking the activities within the building to the surrounding neighborhood. Community gathering and gallery space at street level further animate the space and invite the public to engage in the School. An auditorium on the second floor is expressed on the facade with a glazed wall allowing views of activity in and outside the building. Classrooms, lecture halls, and laboratories occupy the lower levels with academic departments and offices on upper floors.
The new 145,000 square foot building also houses the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, the Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños Library and Archive, the Hunter Gallery, and the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity. A central landscaped terrace links the School to the new CRP-designed CUNY Graduate Center Residence adjacent to the site.