Ithaca, New York


ABA’s master plan for the Cornell University Law School focused on preserving historic resources, re-purposing existing buildings, and accommodating growth without expanding the campus footprint. Following the master plan, ABA completed a series of renovation and new building initiatives. Constructed below an existing lawn, a new Academic Center provides three tiered classrooms, breakout spaces, a new accessible entry, and a renovated lobby. Located in a former locker space, the new Law School Commons provides a café for students and faculty. The Academic Center and Commons open onto a re-envisioned historic quad, enhancing the use of this previously underutilized outdoor space. Future phases include reconfiguration of the Law Library to accommodate instruction, gathering, and student life, as well as renovation of a 1962 building to house offices, administrative support spaces, academic programs, and meeting rooms. This project exceeds the university's standards for sustainable design and has received LEED Platinum.

The Academic Center renovation and expansion was honored with a BSA Educational Facilities Design Award, a SCUP / AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions, Renovation or Adaptive Reuse Merit Award, and an AIA Southern New York Design Award Honorable Mention.

Location: Ithaca, New York
Project Size: 95,500 sf

Sustainability: Certified LEED Platinum, this phased project expanded the Cornell Law School by 16,500 square feet with no reduction of green space. The complex exceeds university goals for annual energy usage.

Project Team: Ann Beha FAIA, Scott Aquilina AIA, Jason Bowers AIA, Chantel Hall (ABA); Gibble Norden Champion Brown (Structural); Altieri (Mechanical); Sullivan Code Group (Code); Acentech (Acoustics / AV); Davis Langdon (Cost); Haley & Aldrich (Geotechnical); T.G. Miller, P.C. (Civil); Trowbridge and Wolf (Landscape); Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design (Lighting); Atelier Ten (LEED Consulting); Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (Technical); Welliver (Construction Management); David Lamb (Photography)