Fiterman Fast Facts

The original Fiterman Hall

The original Fiterman Hall

The new Fiterman Hall

The Miles and Shirley Fiterman Hall

History

  • The original Fiterman Hall was built in 1959, and donated to CUNY on behalf of BMCC in 1993 by Miles and Shirley Fiterman.
  • Fiterman Hall was irreparably damaged when 7 World Trade Center fell against its south wall during the attacks of 9-11. Students were safely evacuated by BMCC faculty and staff.
  • BMCC holds the unfortunate distinction of being the only institution of higher learning in the United States that sustained damage from a terrorist attack.
  • In losing Fiterman Hall, BMCC lost one-third of its classroom and office space.

New Building Features

  • The new Fiterman Hall was designed by the architectural firm of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, and built by Hunter Roberts Construction Group.
  • Fiterman Hall is a 400,000-square-foot building, contains approximately 4,400 tons of steel, and is 14 stories high.
  • Fiterman Hall has a first-floor art center and café and approximately 80 Smart Classrooms and computer laboratories, as well as offices, library spaces, assembly rooms, music ensemble rooms and a rooftop conference center.
  • Fiterman’s southern glass wall, spanning several floors, overlooks the World Trade Center site and Memorial Park, featuring the famous "Balloon Flower (Red)” sculpture, by artist Jeff Koons.
  • Fiterman’s Grand Staircase rises from the lobby to the 4th floor. One spiral staircase rises from the 4th floor to the 10th, and another rises from the 5th floor to the 14th.
  • Fiterman Hall is located at 245 Greenwich Street, between Barclay Street and Park Place, in Lower Manhattan.
  • Fiterman Hall also features high-speed elevators
  • Views from Fiterman Hall encompass the East River, Hudson River, New York Harbor, Wall Street area and midtown high rises

Funds for the deconstruction and rebuilding of Fiterman Hall were made possible by a public/private partnership involving Community Board 1 in Lower Manhattan and its World Trade Center Redevelopment Committee, led by New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver; the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York; NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg; The City University of New York; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; the NYS Department of Labor; the NYC Department of Transportation, the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, and others.