Just before the end of 2016, the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance moved to its permanent home on the second floor of the Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building, 20 Washington Road. This move brings together the Center's Director, Post-Doctoral Fellows, Research Specialists and Staff that were previously located in separate buildings. JRCPPF invites its affiliates and friends to stop by and visit!
The building formerly housed the Frick Chemistry Laboratory. Extensive renovations have preserved the historic character of the exterior and the interior primary spaces. The building fuses the classic with the modern. It features new classrooms, offices and meeting spaces, including an Atrium and a suspended meeting room. It also showcases the University's commitment to sustainability with features such as low-flow plumbing fixtures, a sophisticated lighting control system and the use of sustainable materials.
The acclaimed Pakistani-American artist Shahzia Sikander was commissioned to create site-specific works that have been permanently installed in the Julis Romo Rabinowitz and the Luis A. Simpson International Building. Sikander created a twenty-five-foot luminous multilayered glass painting that overlooks the Economics Forum and a sixty-six-foot mosaic in the International Atrium. A talk by the artist discussing the commission can be viewed here.
The building houses the whole economics department which had been dispersed across the University campus. In addition to JRCPPF, it also houses other centers including the Bendheim Center for Finance, the Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies, the Center for Health and Wellbeing and the Center for Behavioral Science and Public Policy.