Pace University, 15 Beekman Street

ARO is designing a vertical campus on the lower 11 floors of 15 Beekman Street, a new, 26-story tower that will strengthen Pace University’s Manhattan campus. The student-centered programs include dining facilities, the library and archives, a learning center, classrooms, and a new home for the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

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Rendering of students in the cafe and seating area of the ground floor of 15 Beekman
In the lobby, ARO Grid, an acoustic ceiling system technically and visually enhances the entrance, while large windows visually connect to the street and public plaza outside.

Designed to be an inviting, purposeful, and cohesive experience for students, faculty, and visitors, the project is grounded in extensive engagement with multiple university stakeholders to fulfill Pace’s vision of a 21st-Century urban campus. Programs are distributed to break down academic silos and activate the entire building with shared spaces to support multiple modes of learning, teaching, and collaboration.

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Section diagram of 15 Beekman showing the location of program throughout the tower

The interiors are loft-like in character, with exposed structural columns, floor slabs, ducts, and pipes throughout. Each floor features large windows and a consistent palette of timeless, durable materials, details, and natural lighting.

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  • Rendering of students using the second floor dining area, a market-style food hall
    Second Floor Dining
  • Rendering of people studying within the Library Group Study Room
    Library Group Study Room
  • Rendering of people using the multi-purpose space set up with tables for small groups
    Bianco Room

A new residence hall above is being designed by the base building architect. ARO consulted to Pace on the plans and the exterior appearance of the building, which is being designed and constructed by the developer SL Green. Construction on the building began in 2021, construction of the ARO-designed interiors begins in late 2022 and will be completed in mid-2023.