NYU Abu Dhabi completes $1bn Saadiyat campus

NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) has completed construction of its $1bn main campus at Saadiyat Island.

The institution said that the work has just completed, in line with the April 2014 deadline set out when construction began in June 2010.

The campus includes academic buildings, a library, theatres, indoor sports facilities, student and faculty residences, and laboratories.

There will also be outdoor sports facilities, including pitches, a grandstand, and an athletics track, which are scheduled for completion by mid-July.

The campus was designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects and has been built by main contractor Al Futtaim Carillion for developer Mubadala.

It covers an area of around 450,000m2 and features 21 individual buildings. It has already been awarded a 2 Pearl Estidama rating for its design.

It was also built under a specific Statemenet of Labour Values document, which set standards and expectations for the appropriate treatment of workers building and running the site. An annual compliance report has also been produced by third-party auditor Mott McDonald to monitor labour activities and any issues that arose, as well as what actions were needed to resolve them.

NYUAD Vice Chancellor Al Bloom said: “NYU Abu Dhabi has set uniquely demanding goals for the quality of the faculty, students, and staff that it recruits, and for the excellence of its academic programs. We have likewise set rigorous standards for the fair and humane treatment of those who are building, maintaining, and operating our facilities.

“This remarkable campus reflects in the beauty of its architecture, and in the functional capacity of its facilities, that same commitment to achieving excellence.”

The new university will begin operations from 25 May.