A Twenty-First Century Vision

As we approach our centennial in 2024, I-House is working to modernize our facilities for the 21st Century. These changes will help us to better serve students and staff, incorporate needed technology, optimize accessibility, and add more flexible spaces that allow for the organic social interaction central to the I-House experience.

I-House neighborhood map

Map: I-House in the community

I-House current site

Photo: View of project site from Claremont Avenue (facing southwest)

This project, which represents I-House’s first major new construction since its existing facilities were built in 1924, is being designed by the firm of Robert A.M. Stern Architects, renowned for its deep ties to New York City and respect for history and community. The new addition will replace the single-story, windowless parking garage at the center of the campus with a new residence hall and student activities building on Claremont Avenue. This smaller, contextual eight-story building will provide connectivity between our existing thirteen-story South Building at 155 Claremont Avenue/500 Riverside Drive and twelve-story North Building at 520-524 Riverside Drive. In addition to improving functionality, new landscaping at the street and along the exterior façade will beautify the streetscape.

Clad in variegated buff brick and cast stone trim, characteristic of our predominantly residential neighborhood, the building’s windows will continue the rhythm of the adjacent South Building. It will include resident gathering space on the first floor and resident rooms on the second through eighth floors. A student commons area called The Hub will provide a social focus to the campus, clarifying patterns of circulation and opening up to an interior courtyard. To see renderings of the new building, please click here.

All in all, the project will add 124 resident rooms to the existing 681 for a total of 805, and our student population is projected to increase from the current 701 to approximately 825. Designed according to environmental best practices, the building will contain elements that contribute to energy efficiency and sustainability in connection with our landscape plan and green roof features.

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Planned I-House building (Claremont Avenue street view, facing southwest)
Rendering by Alden Studios for Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Regarding construction, we are committed to a robust and proactive program of meaningful engagement with our neighbors around our planned addition. In addition to monitoring this site for regular project updates, we ask that neighbors sign up for regular updates on our Contact page, through which the team can also be contacted with any questions and concerns.

Once construction begins I-House will send periodic construction updates and activity look-aheads to neighbors who opt-in to a project information mailing list. We also will hold regular in-person meetings with neighbors both in advance of and during construction. We plan to convene the first of these public meetings in spring 2020, well in advance of construction beginning in mid-summer 2020, in order to present further details about the project and respond to all questions from our neighbors.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.

Project Team

  • Robert A.M. Stern Architects: Over its forty-nine-year history, the firm has established an international reputation as a leading design firm with wide experience in residential, commercial, and institutional work. Known for an attention to detail and commitment to contextual design and quality, RAMSA has earned international recognition, numerous awards and citations for design excellence. Website here.
  • Pavarini McGovern Construction: Pavarini McGovern is one of NYC’s premier providers of construction management for new buildings and renewal projects. Its team of expert builders is dedicated to the construction of enduring, high-quality buildings. Website here.