News Tidbits 9/15/11: Cornell Construction Continues

15 09 2011

So, two tidbits:

In what is most certainly a unique case for CU facility projects (and likely only a handful of cases nationwide), a proposed campus building will be designed by students. The building is a “Sustainable Research Facility” that is to serve as home to the (what else?) Center for a Sustainable Future, which received an $80 million dollar donation last year from deep-pocketed alumnus David Atkinson ’60.

The building is designed to proposed to have a 6,000 sq. ft footprint and be 2-3 stories. Three sites are being considered – two on the east side of campus (I’m thinking near Judd Falls Road), and one site near Dilmun Hill Student Farm, which sits at the southeast corner of 366 and Pine Tree Road (shown in the Google Map below).

Or, if they’re keen on following the master plan, there’s a couple of prime sites for smaller building proposals that they might want to consider. The project is slated to start in summer 2012, with major construction starting the following year and finishing in time for Cornell’s 150th anniversary in 2015.


The other news tidbit is that Gates Hall has finally appeared on the planning board agenda in its full proposal form (the other items on the agenda are the 5-story apartment building proposed for the Challenge Industries site, and the new hotel down by Manos Diner). Quoting the site plan review:

The applicant is proposing to construct a four‐story building with 103,000 gross SF on a 56,000 SF building site, located at the southeast corner of Hoy and Campus Roads, and the expansion of an existing motorcycle parking lot adjacent to Barton Hall to incorporate 3 accessible spaces. The building will have a steel structure and will be composed entirely of a curtain wall system with 50% clear glazing and 50% spandrel glass. The exterior of the curtain wall will be constructed of perforated stainless steel panels, folded along the exterior to provide a 3‐dimensional surface, and allow for both daylight penetration and sun shading. Site work will require the demolition of the existing 51‐car surface parking area, walkways and vegetation, including 13 mature trees, and the construction of a drop‐off & delivery area, with a curb cut on Hoy Road, to the south of the building, sidewalks along Hoy and Campus Roads, a pull‐off area on Campus Road, an entry plaza, landscaping, and other site improvements. The project is in the U‐1 Zoning District.

I’m still not a fan.



One response

8 10 2011

Here is what looks to be a toned down version of the Gates Hall design.

It doesn’t dominate as much which is good. I’m not a fan of the disneyland mountian feature on the front.

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