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World’s tallest college dorm opens downtown

Pace University has formally opened 33 Beekman, a 34-story residence hall that is now the tallest college or university residential building in the world.

The building, located on Beekman Street in Lower Manhattan, will house 770 students and features state-of-the-art amenities and views of the new World Trade Center and the East River.

The 172,000 s/f residence hall is one block from Pace’s main academic building and campus center, One Pace Plaza.

“Our new residence hall at 33 Beekman Street is a transformative addition to our campus, a potent symbol of the new Pace University in New York and a reminder to all that Pace is a vibrant presence in lower Manhattan,” said Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman.

“Thousands of young men and women will live and work in this building and discover the true meaning of Pace’s motto: Opportunitas.”

“New York is a great college town in so many ways, and we are so proud that Pace University is showing the way forward for Lower Manhattan’s rich set of higher education institutions,” said Manhattan Community Board 1 Chair Catherine McVay Hughes.

“Bringing students to live together, here at 33 Beekman, will mean they encounter New York, and college, as a team and a community. The lucky students who get to live here and study here will have their college years enriched immeasurably by all that New York has to offer, and all of New York, downtown especially, is richer for the diverse offerings of Pace University.”

Each residential room at 33 Beekman has ample living space, city views and a private bathroom.

33 Beekman
33 Beekman

The 340 ft.tall building also features three unique student lounges, a multifunction recreational space, an in-house fitness facility and a kitchen for student use.

A new, 3,000 s/f public plaza at the building’s entrance is a welcoming public space for both students and the surrounding community. There is a faculty member in residence, enhancing the student experience and making the hall a true living-learning facility.

The new residence hall was developed by SL Green Realty Corporation and its partners and designed by Gene Kaufman Architects. SL Green Realty Corp. also developed the nearby 182 Broadway, Pace’s 609-bed residence hall, which was completed in 2013.

Pace also has three other residence halls within a short walk of Pace Plaza: 55 John Street, 106 Fulton Street and Maria’s Tower at One Pace Plaza.

Other recent facility enhancements at Pace’s lower Manhattan campus include a new performing arts building, newly renovated science labs, and new clinical education nursing labs.

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