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Cornell University - Rehabilitation of Fernow Hall

di Domenico + Partners, LLP


Cornell University

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dD+P led a large architectural and engineering team to rehabilitate Fernow Hall for Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The LEED Gold certified facility contains over 30,000 SF of lecture rooms, faculty offices, conference rooms, as well as a 1,700 SF classroom addition. This contemporary space was designed in a sensitive manner to work with the adjoining historic Fernow Hall. The addition contains a series of sustainable initiatives, including a daylit north facing facade, a green roof and a rain garden that will allow the students to experiment with various plantings. The project is part of a multi-phased critical maintenance project plan for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, addressing the need for an innovative instructional and research facility for the 21st century and beyond.

The scope of work included rehabilitation design on the interior and exterior building systems, as well as bid process coordination and construction contract administration. Mechanical, electrical, data, communications, building access and architectural systems have also been upgraded. The studio at dD+P was selected for its innovative approach to sustainability, past success with the insertion of contemporary design elements in historic properties and to provide a unique and memorable setting for Cornell’s Department of Natural Resources, the primary occupant of the new space.

Photography Credits: Jon Reis Photography,
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