The Miles and Shirley Fiterman Hall opens for classes.
The new building adds about 40% more instructional space to BMCC, providing 80 additional labs and classrooms.
A ceremonial steel girder is put into place atop the building, marking the end of the steel construction phase.
Demolition of Fiterman Hall is completed and construction of the new building begins.
Deconstruction starts after the city of New York agrees to finance $139 million of the $325 million project cost of the new facility.
The renovation was nearing completion on Sept. 11, 2001 when the collapse of the adjacent World Trade Center 7 caused serious structural damage to Fiterman Hall rendering it unfit for use. BMCC holds the unfortunate distinction of being the only institution of higher learning in the United States that sustained damage from a terrorist attack.
The City University of New York and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York undertake a major renovation of the building to convert it to classroom use.
The building is donated to Borough of Manhattan Community College by Miles and Shirley Fiterman.
Fiterman Hall occupies the site of Kings College, later reopened as Columbia College, making the site the first home of higher education in New York City.