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Statler Hall Entry Renovation Project Complete

October 26, 2014 // by Jason Henderson

The Statler Hall Entry Renovation has been opened-up since late August, but the interior work and all exterior finishes are now complete. Here are some final photos for the project, which began in early summer, and took out the western-facing 1987 arched limestone entryway to replace with a new limestone and glass-wrapped 450 square foot vestibule and expanded space on the second floor above. Photos throughout construction may be seen on the project category page.

General contracting services by Northland Associates out of Syracuse, NY, and design by KSS Architects out of Princeton, NJ, and M/E Engineering out of Syracuse, NY.

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Design Render:

Statler Hall Entry Renovation Nearing Completion

September 16, 2014 // by Jason Henderson

Cornell’s $2.4 million Statler Hall Entry Renovation project seems to be nearing completion: the exterior limestone veneer facade sections are installed, and the second floor interior ductwork and mechanicals have been wrapped in insulation. Next up are final touches to the exterior- aluminum trim work between the glass curtain wall, roof fascia, stone base sill, bike racks, and the remainder of the interior finishes.

The design is by KSS Architects and M/E Engineering, and the project has been managed in-house by Cornell Facilities Services.
The renovation is intended to match the additions that have been completed on the eastern and southern sides: the Beck Center along the eastern side (Phase One Expansion), and the renovated auditorium tower on the southern side (Phase Two expansion). KSS Architects designed both the Beck Center and the Tower Renovation

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Statler Hall Entry Nearing Completion

August 22, 2014 // by Jason Henderson

Cornell’s $2.4 million Statler Hall Entry Renovation is wrapping-up, as work crews finished hanging glass on the curtain wall, all exterior framing, graded and poured cement walkway, stone walls, stone base facade, and metal facade panels this past week. The new entry houses an expanded ground floor entry vestibule, additional second floor space, and significant mechanical and HVAC upgrades. The design was done by KSS Architects, whom completed the designs for the previous Beck Center and Statler Auditorium and Tower Renovations. The original limestone-clad building was completed in 1949.

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Statler Hall Entry Renovation Early August

August 11, 2014 // by Jason Henderson

Updated photos here from August 3rd and August 6th for Cornell’s Statler Hall Entry Renovation project that has been going on this summer (infill project for a new 450 square foot vestibule and also second floor space above). At this pace, I’m sure a lot more has been done since the time this is posted: the exterior wall framing looks to have been completed by the end of July, along with fiberglass sheathing around the support wall and side wall. The interior shows rapid HVAC and electric installation, and the glass curtain wall has been assembled well beyond halfway in the span of about four days. Design by KSS Architects, and project being managed in-house by Cornell Facilities Services.

August 3rd:


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Statler Hall Entry July Photo Update II

July 29, 2014 // by Jason Henderson

Cornell’s Statler Hall has been in the midst of an entry renovation project on the western side of the building, and throughout the month of July, the steel columns have been set on the foundation footings, and the steel beams, joists, corrugated metal decking, partial exterior wall frame, and partial HVAC system has been assembled. There’s also some framing work on the ground floor interior, where the new vestibule will meet the partially-renovated lobby area, which is being built back-up with concrete slab-on-grade and existing radiant floor heating. The lighting, mechanical systems, and most finishes will be entirely new, but certain aspects of the interior and exterior are intended to match existing, like the bluestone floor tiles, veneer and limestone veneer panels. The curtain wall and metal awning suspended by steel cords reflects the design of the more recent Beck Center and Tower Renovation, also designed by KSS Architects.

Photos from July 24th:


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Statler Ground Floor Entry

Statler First Floor Entry

Statler Hall Renovation July Photo Update

July 2, 2014 // by Jason Henderson

The Statler Hall Entry Renovation on the western side of the building is in progress, as excavation work made way for new foundations for the future structural column to support the corner of the bumped-out 450 square foot vestibule, and also for the future benches outside the entry. The $2.4 million project will join the list of three previous major renovations to the building (not invluding the Beck Center and Tower Renovation), originally built in 1949. Updated photos below:

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Statler Hall Entry Renovation Begins

June 15, 2014 // by Jason Henderson

Cornell’s Statler Hall Entry renovation has begun, as the western-facing 1987 arched limestone entryway has been removed from the building over the past three weeks, along with the hardscape out in front. The existing floors have been blocked-off with stud walls and fiberglass-mat sheathing on the outside, as the project will commence with building an entirely new entryway vestibule and re-worked hallway that includes additional second-floor space above, with an ample metal-framed glass curtain wall on either side. The new stone base will match the existing, and the facade will contain limestone panels to compliment the existing limestone veneer. In addition to the expanded and renovated space, the project contains significant new HVAC work as one of the primary motivators.

The $2.4 million project was designed by KSS Architects, and M/E Engineering. The plans were presented back in December of last year, with a planned delivery date of August.






Statler Hall Current Entry Photos

December 30, 2013 // by Jason Henderson

Here are some current images of the western Statler Hall entrance that Cornell is planning to renovate into a redesigned vestibule and facade, expanded second story above, and landscaping in front. Something I hadn’t noticed before- the proposed stone base wall sections will match the existing ones below each ground floor window along East Avenue, and the sections along College Avenue that were completed as part of the Tower and Beck Center Renovations. The proposed facade will also match the original limestone block from the 1949 build, which the current entry does quite well too.




Revised Planting Plan:

Cornell’s Statler Hall Renovation

December 10, 2013 // by Jason Henderson

Cornell University’s Statler Hall (School of Hotel Administration) will be undergoing a fitting $2.4 million modification project on the western-side of the building along East Avenue, where the current entrance vestibule will be replaced with a more modern-style entrance, which will match the recent renovations that have been completed on the eastern and southern sides: the Beck Center along the eastern side (Phase One Expansion), and the renovated auditorium tower on the southern side (Phase Two expansion). KSS Architects, the designers on this vestibule project completed both the Beck Center and the Tower Renovation, (the links go to some great pages on their site showcasing both projects). In addition to the vestibule, there will be some new additional floor space created on the second floor. The original Statler Hall was completed in 1949, and has been renovated several times before. There will also be some new landscaping (see north and south plazas in the presentation below) with benches, new pavers, and bike racks.






Landscaping Plan:


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Planned Elevations:


Full plan docs can be found here.