Columbia University – Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC)

The Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability, formerly known as CERC, is a leading provider of environmental research, education, and training. Constructed in 1994, this central, light-filled facility has become a mainstay on the Morningside campus of Columbia University. A cutting-edge space of offices, laboratories, libraries, and rooftop greenhouses, the three-level, 18,000 square-foot center was featured on the cover of Interior Design magazine in 1997.

Originally a double-loaded plan, we opened up the center spine of the space to maximize daylight circulation for a communal area that doubles as a lounge and meeting space. In expanding the facility, we implemented low environmental impact materials as part of our design, allowing for an electric lighting load of 1.3-watt per-square-foot. The result is a comfortable, uplifting workspace that strongly emphasizes responsibility and sustainability.

This project was a joint venture between both of our predecessor firms, Stein, White Architects and Bibliowicz, Nelligan, Kriegel Architects.

Architectural Staff
Bruce G. Nelligan
David Kriegel
Carl Stein
T. Michael White
Project Team

Columbia University