About the Project


The 21st Century Campus project includes a new library and residence hall, an auditorium and performance space, and a light-filled atrium connecting all the many parts of JTS. Together and separately, these spaces are designed to foster collaboration, community, Jewish learning, and Jewish life. They will enable JTS to further share its vision and scholarship with the Jewish communities of North America, and to more deeply engage the community and world around us.

Phases of the Project

The 21st Century Campus is scheduled to open its doors in fall 2019. Here are the major phases of the project and the anticipated schedule for each. As with any construction project, these dates are subject to change. We will update the schedule as work proceeds.


The previous library building and courtyard were demolished to make way for new construction. A temporary library was created and is fully operational.
Summer–Fall 2016

Excavation and Foundation

Heavy equipment is used to excavate the site, and the foundation is built.
Summer–Fall 2017


The concrete frame of the building rises from the foundation.
Winter–Spring 2018

Exterior Enclosure

The envelope of the building is completed, including the brick façade.
Summer–Fall 2018

Fit Out & Finishes

The interior of the building is completed with plumbing, electricity, HVAC, and interior finishes.
Winter–Spring 2019

Substantial Completion & Turnover

Construction is completed, and the building is cleaned and prepared for opening.

Summer 2019

Explore the new campus

The Architechts

The Architects

The 21st Century Campus is designed by the world-renowned team of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. The firm has won numerous awards for its work, which includes the acclaimed Barnes Foundation in Philadephia and the design for the future Barack Obama Presidential Library. The Williams and Tsien studio focuses on work for institutions including schools, museums, and not-for-profits. We chose the team based on their previous work and on their ability to understand deeply how buildings can facilitate the work and mission of the people within.