Cornell Construction Updates, 11/2014

2 12 2014

The best part about holiday photo tours is that students are few and parking is ample.

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I know this project has been done for a couple of months now, but I was unable to take photos until now. The $650,000, 1,700 sq ft project is essentially Cornell’s history engraved in stone benches and pavers (unfortunately covered by snow and ice here). I imagine it must be a nice spot to sit when not covered in snow.

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Far bigger is the continued construction for the future Klarman Hall, pushing onward to its December 2015 completion. Construction firm Welliver is plodding through the cold weather to undertake steel work, metal decking, and mechanical and electrical rough-in in the basement. The 33,250 sq ft building was designed by Koetter | Kim & Associates.



2 responses

2 12 2014

A $650,000 “gift” from the 2015 Board of Trustees? If gift means spending a lot of other peoples money to have your name etched in stone, then this is certainly a nice gift. Way to go.

Sometimes it is difficult to not be cynical when dealing with how Cornell spends it cash in this town. Next thing they will be spending a half mill on fireworks… you know… for the community.

2 12 2014
B. C.

I’m not sure I want to know how much they’re spending on the Sequicentennial. I assume the $650,000 came from the trustees, most of whom are fairly deep-pocketed (I’ve never seen figures, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the majority are multi-millionaires).

The one comment that always sticks most with me is a report on giving to Cornell from MetaEzra several years ago that showed that alumni gave more to medical research at Weill than to undergraduate education and scholarships. In Matt Nagowski’s words,

“…apparently wealthy New Yorkers care more about life-saving research and services than basic research and education a five hour drive from Manhattan.”

It’s their money, of course, but…perhaps it’s not the most altruistic approach.

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