Marist’s Fashion and Art & Digital Media Programs are housed in the newly renovated and expanded Steel Plant. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, the project expanded the existing 12,000 square feet of studio and learning space with a two-story, 35,000-square-foot addition. The Steel Plant expansion is designed to match other Marist buildings with a Hudson Valley industrial-modern style, incorporating brick, steel, polished concrete, terrazzo, corrugated metal, and tile. Key spaces in the facility include: digital labs, fashion studios, a makerspace, fashion exhibition gallery, art gallery, Mporium retail laboratory, and Winter Garden.
The new space and equipment extends the application of technology in curricula across all programs, including the development of specialty courses such as MicroManufacturing and Digital Patternmaking. Students have the opportunity for hands-on experience with a working makerspace designed to reflect those found in both the digital media and fashion industries.
The state-of-the-art building also boasts key local connections as well. Several areas of construction materials were locally sourced and the café in the Steel Plant’s Winter Garden features products from local companies, including Poughkeepsie-based North River Roasters coffee.