Steel Plant Studios modern facade, decorative foliage, and working space has drawn widespread applause from students, many of whom were more than pleased to abandon the antiquated classrooms of the old Steel Plant, located at 51 Fulton Street. The renovation and extension of the historic industrial building provides galleries, classrooms, studios, digital labs, a makerspace for advanced 3-D and large format 2-D printing, and faculty offices. A Fashion Resource Center offers books, software, and textile samples for research and inspiration. A light-flooded winter garden houses a café and gallery that exhibits regional and international artists along with student work. The new facility also provides a permanent retail space for MPorium, a highly successful boutique and entrepreneurship lab operated by Marist merchandising students.
RAMSA Partners Robert A.M. Stern, Kevin M. Smith, and Graham S. Wyatt led the design effort. Other Marist buildings designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects include the Hancock Center (2011), the Music Addition, Rotunda, and Murray Student Center Renovation (2014), the Natural Sciences & Allied Health Building (2016), and the North Campus Housing project (2017).