NYU Abu Dhabi readies Saadiyat Island campus
Abu Dhabi, April 28, 2014
New York University (NYU) Abu Dhabi has completed the construction of its Saadiyat Island main campus, in line with its scheduled completion date, said a report.
Delivered in less than four years, the campus has been built to be environmentally sustainable. Measures to generate 75 per cent of campus hot water and 10 per cent of power from renewable energy sources will be implemented, said a Wam news report.
The campus includes academic buildings, a library, theatres, indoor sports facilities, student and faculty residences and laboratories. In addition, the outdoor sports facilities, including pitches, a grandstand, and an athletics track, are scheduled for completion by mid-July.
The NYU Abu Dhabi project has been awarded the 2 Pearl Estidama rating for its design, the report stated.
Covering 450,000 sq m, an area equivalent to eight New York City blocks, and reaching a height of more than 50 meters, the campus promotes interaction between the University's disciplines, living and learning, research and teaching, and faculty, students, and staff.
Designed by award-winning Rafael Vinoly Architects, the hitech campus includes 21 buildings built to the highest specifications and featuring the latest technology, the report stated.
The third annual compliance report published today by third-party auditor, Mott MacDonald, documents the project's 2013 labour compliance record, including what issues arose and the actions taken to resolve them.
On the project completion, Vice Chancellor Al Bloom, said, "NYU Abu Dhabi has set uniquely demanding goals for the quality of the faculty, students, and staff that it recruits, and for the excellence of its academic programmes. We have likewise set rigorous standards for the fair and humane treatment of those who are building, maintaining, and operating our facilities."
"We are excited that NYU Abu Dhabi's first commencement on May 25th will be the first event we celebrate on the new campus," he added.