Cornell University Law School
Academic Center and Commons
Our initial Master Plan for Cornell University’s 200,000 GSF Law School focused on preserving historic resources, re-purposing existing buildings, and accommodating growth without expanding the campus footprint. Working with Law School faculty and staff, a conceptual plan was created, combining renovations with a new building initiative.
A new entrance and lobby for the School’s signature Gothic-revival library building clarify campus arrival, welcome, and wayfinding. A former locker space is repurposed as a Commons and café for Law School students and faculty. A new Academic Center, constructed below an existing lawn, provides three tiered classrooms and breakout spaces, all without increasing campus footprint.
Both the Academic Center and Commons open onto a re-envisioned historic quad, enhancing the use of this previously underutilized outdoor space as a central gathering place for the Law School community.
Completed 2014, LEED Platinum
Renovation | 9,000 GSF New Construction | 16,500 GSF
Reception, Classrooms, Commons/Cafe, Exterior Quadrangle
Boston Society of Architects Educational Facilities Award
SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture Merit Award
AIA Southern New York Design Honorable Mention