Touro College and University System, a non-profit institution of higher and professional education under Jewish auspices, will create a new campus at 3 Times Square, announced Rudin Management Company.
Touro will transform 243,305 square feet of space spanning the entire third through ninth floors, as well as the partial ground and second floors, into new classrooms, science and technology labs, a library, offices, event space, student lounges and cafes designed by Michielli + Wyetzner Architects. As part of a 32-year lease, Rudin will create a dedicated entrance and lobby on the southwest corner of 43rd Street and Seventh Avenue.
Seven of Touro’s schools will be housed in the location, including the College of Pharmacy (TCOP), New York School of Career & Applied Studies (NYSCAS), Graduate School of Business (GSB), Graduate School of Education (GSE), Graduate School of Jewish Studies (GSJS), Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) and Graduate School of Technology (GST). Touro plans to officially move into the new space in January 2023.
“For half a century, Touro College has helped students from all walks of life pursue their academic and career dreams,” said Michael Rudin, executive vice president of Rudin Management Company, the operating arm of the Rudin Family holdings.
“Throughout the 2020 and 2021 academic years, our schools and programs adapted and thrived during the transition to online and hybrid education, and we will continue to incorporate what we’ve learned to help our school and approach to education evolve,” said Alan Kadish, president of the Touro College & University System. “After conducting comprehensive surveys and thorough conversations with faculty, staff and students, we know our community places great value on in-person learning. Touro is now celebrating its 50-year anniversary and by improving our campus experience and upgrading our facilities, Touro will be well-positioned for the next 50 years.”
Opened in 2001, 3 Times Square was originally constructed as the North American headquarters of Reuters Group PLC. The tower features a spire that serves as a communications antenna, as well as one of the largest and most visible screen signs in all of Midtown. The building has achieved WiredScore Platinum certification in recognition of best-in-class connectivity and is currently undergoing SmartScore certification. The building has also achieved the Well Health-Safety Rating, and is equipped with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration system with a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) rating of 15, among other health and wellness initiatives. 3 Times Square also features Nantum OS, an advanced building operating system.
Jeffrey Rosengarten, senior vice president of operations at the Touro College and University System, along with a Cushman & Wakefield team led by Richard Bernstein with Steve Braun Troy Elias and Jared Thal, represented Touro. Tom Keating of Rudin Management Company, along with a Cushman & Wakefield team led by John Cefaly, Lou D’Avanzo, Ron Lo Russo, Paige Engeldrum and Lauren Hale, represented building ownership.