Ithaca, New York
The Human Ecology Building, developed for the New York State Construction Fund, was designed to be a facility that would stimulate a broad spectrum of creative research and innovative thinking. The facility was designed to offer an ideal environment to attract the very best of students and continue Cornell University’s reputation as a premiere Ivy League institution.
The 227,300 sf project was completed in 2011 and consists of three elements: a parking garage, a three-story academic building, and the commons. The commons area was developed as the heart of the College and links the existing building and the new addition by providing flexible space where students and faculty can hold impromptu meetings, enjoy the cafe, and where events can take place.
Cutting-edge teaching and research spaces are provided, as are social areas, where cross-departmental dialogue is encouraged. Faculty and assistant offices, seminar and conference rooms, a wood shop, gallery, drawing and apparel studios, environmentally controlled research spaces, computer rooms, and a costume collection were developed to complete the program’s needs.