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Cornell - Human Ecology Building

 

The new 87,000 sf Human Ecology Building at Cornell University's College of Human Ecology is designed to accommodate the needs of several departments, chiefly Design & Environmental Analysis and Textiles & Apparel. Designed by Gruzen Samton, the new building provides state of the art labs, office and support facilities enhancing the student experience and fostering creative research. A multipurpose wing, the Commons, connects existing College of Human Ecology buildings with the new lab and office structure and provides a forum for students and faculty from various departments to meet and engage in impromptu discussions, encouraging the cross-pollination of ideas and research.

The design provides flexible, state-of-the-art laboratories and classroom spaces, contributes to the revitalization of the College, serves as a gateway to the academic campus from the residential North Campus, and gives a new identity to The College of Human Ecology. The new facility uses fully integrated building systems and high performance, environmentally sustainable design in compliance with NYS Executive Order 111 and LEED Platinum Certification. This building performs 46.6% better than a baseline building per ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1.

The laboratory office building sits on top of a new 255-car garage, built into the hillside and faced with local stone, serving as a base and a foil to the glass-clad academic building above.

The project was completed in October 2011.

Photos by Paul Warchol

Cornell - Human Ecology Building

Cornell - Human Ecology Building

Cornell - Human Ecology Building


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