The laying of the foundation stone was celebrated on July 8, 2019, in the presence of the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Rachida Dati, Mayor of the 7th arrondissement of Paris, Valérie Pécresse, President of the Île-de-France Region, Olivier Duhamel, President of the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, Frédéric Mion, Director of Sciences Po, and Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.
Work began in early 2019 under the aegis of the developer Sogelym Dixence and the construction firm Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France Rénovation Privée. The design is undertaken by the agency Wilmotte & Associés, in conjunction with Moreau Kusunoki, the agency Sasaki and Pierre Bortolussi, head architect of the Department of Historic Monuments.
The cleaning and asbestos removal phases have been completed. The building dating from the 1920s, which occupied much of the Gribeauval courtyard and obstructed its perspective, was demolished in March. In addition to the major restoration and enhancement of the site, construction work is being undertaken on the garden level, in the Treuille de Beaulieu courtyard and in the Gribeauval courtyard, where the library will be located and where the Innovation Pavilion, the only contemporary building on campus, will be built. Bright, open and inviting, it will host the Sciences Po Business Incubator, new social areas and collaborative workspaces.