River Campus opening celebration, 2019
Photo by Mario Morgado
The new two-acre campus provides over 160,000 square feet of space—including laboratories, offices, conference rooms, and common areas—and was envisioned as way to replace aging lab facilities that were nearing the ends of their useful lives. By building in university-owned air rights over the FDR Drive, the project also allowed Rockefeller to expand its footprint by two acres and create a green roof accessible from the existing campus. The centerpiece of the River Campus, the 750-foot long Marie Josée and Henry R. Kravis Research Building, is designed to help foster collaboration between scientists and to be easily reconfigurable as needs evolve.