College Planning & Management

JUN 2013

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education design showcase • colleges & universities GRAND PRIZE WINNER o u ts ta n d i n g d es i g n + a rc h i t e c t u r e i n ed u c at i o n Cornell University Human Ecology Building 13 ArCHITECT Gruzen Samton • IBI Group DARKO HERLJANOvIC, AIA 212.477.0900 prOjECT INfOrMATION CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR COMPLETION DATE Jim Kazda Nov. 2011 GROSS AREA PER STUDENT SITE SIzE 227,442 sq. ft. 60 sq. ft. N/A CURRENT ENROLLMENT 1,400 students CAPACITY 1,450 students COST PER STUDENT COST PER Sq. FT. TOTAL COST E16 N/A N/A $50,500,000 EDUCATION DESIGN SHOWCASE T he human ecology building (heb) is designed to attract the very best students. Highly visible, transparent and a model of sustainability, it seamlessly connects to the existing buildings and its setting. The garage is clad in local bluestone that anchors it to the landscape, creating the base and plinth onto which the HEB and commons are perched. This plinth defnes the primary level of access for both the college and the campus. The siting of the HEB on the plinth creates a variety of outdoor spaces: a formal forecourt marks the entrances to the HEB and the commons, a curvilinear planter and yellow bench creates social spaces, a stone bench at the overlook offers a place for contemplation and relaxation, and the courtyard creates a semi-private garden for the college's use. The HEB uses a semi-unitized curtain wall that evokes the fabric and fashion designs that transpire within its walls. It incorporates Panelite panels to diffuse daylight and provides for natural ventilation. The commons, the heart of the college, links the existing building to the HEB. Its fexible space offers students and faculty a place for impromptu meetings, a café, as well as a space for student presentations and shows. Nestled high above Bebe Lake, the gorges and the street, the design affrms the ethos and reputation of the college as being a premium academic institution. This project has received a LEED Platinum certifcation. EDS

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