Barnard College: The Diana Center
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, 2010

Completed in 2010, Barnard College’s Diana Center serves as both a center of student life and as a cultural destination for visitors. The 98,000-square-foot multi-use building, designed by WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, is home to several Barnard showcase programs, including art and architecture, and also houses a theatre performance venue, classrooms, dining facilities, lecture spaces and offices for Barnard’s student organizations. The Diana Center achieved a LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, was named ArchDaily's 2010 Building of the Year in Education, and won the 2011 American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Architecture and the AIA Best in New York State Award.

Among the Diana Center’s sustainable features, the planted green roof, with its pavilion and open patio, extends the life of the roofing membrane, provides energy savings and offers an ecological learning center for Barnard’s biology and environmental science students. The building also maximizes daylight and incorporates operable windows, radiant flooring, and recycled materials to achieve optimal comfort and control. Occupancy sensors, automated shading, and high performance mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems increase efficiency.

Founded in 1889, Barnard was the only college in New York City, and one of the few in the nation, where women could receive the same rigorous and challenging education available to men. Today, as the most sought-after liberal arts college for women, Barnard College at Columbia University remains devoted to empowering extraordinary women to become even more exceptional.

Sunday Tour Info: Tours will be offered at 10, 11am, 12, and 1pm. (1 hr)


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