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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:


Photos from July 29th:




Statler Ground Floor Entry

Statler First Floor Entry

Klarman Hall Project Digs Bedrock, Constructing Footings

July 26, 2014 // by Jason Henderson

Excavation work for Cornell’s Klarman Hall Project between the wings of Goldwin Smith Hall has been making its way into bedrock, as Maine Drilling and Blasting has removed stone in the northern and southern blast zones. The foundation footings follow-up after the rock blasting, and it looks as if Welliver has constructed a series of rebar bends to form the reinforcement for some of the southern footings below. It’s been interesting getting a glimpse of the outside wall of Goldwin Smith Hall’s foundation: just a combination of stone, brick, and mortar, probably well over 2 feet thick. The building was originally constructed in 1892, around the time the two-way telegraph was invented to put things into perspective.

July 24th:






The slate and metal re-roofing of Goldwin Smith Hall seems to have made its way to the central wing as well:



July 19th:



July 2nd:



Cornell Gannett Health Center Expansion

July 8, 2014 // by Jason Henderson


Cornell’s Gannett Health Center will be undergoing a $55 million expansion project that will increase the total gross square footage from 35,000 to approximately 96,000 GSF by 2017. The expansion will be done in three phases for a 4-story curved wing from south to north-west along Campus Road, with an interior centered around three equally-sized Integrated Care Modules, vertically stacked on each floor (ICMs combine both primary/medical and mental health services). Cornell University Health Services sees around 90,000 annual clinical visits with a total staff around 200. The design team includes Chiang | O’Brien Architects, TG Miller P.C.Engineers and Surveyors, and Ryan Briggs Structural Engineers.

Gannett Health Services Building - SPR Application - Drawings - A200-C202 - 06-04-14-2

Construction Phasing:


The new 55,000 GSF UHSF Building (north-west corner) will be constructed in the three phases over the course of 2.5 years, and once constructed, the Gannett Center will move-in, then 22,400 GSF of the existing 35,000 GSF building will be completely renovated. In that same Phase Two, the new 18,600 GSF building at the south-east corner will be constructed. Phase Three will be a re-construction of the entrance along Ho Plaza.

Here are some shots from the submitted plans:





Gannett Health Services Building - SPR Application - Drawings - A200-C202 - 06-04-14

Here are the floor layouts for the Phase One portion of the project:

Pages from Gannett Health Services Building - SPR Application - Drawings - Phase 1 - 06-04-14_Page_1

Pages from Gannett Health Services Building - SPR Application - Drawings - Phase 1 - 06-04-14_Page_2

Pages from Gannett Health Services Building - SPR Application - Drawings - Phase 1 - 06-04-14_Page_3

Pages from Gannett Health Services Building - SPR Application - Drawings - Phase 1 - 06-04-14_Page_4

Site Plan Review Part 1
Site Plan Review Part 2
Site Plan Review Part 3
Site Plan Review Part 4

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:

Photos from July 2nd:



Photos from June 19th:




Klarman Hall Digs Deeper

June 18, 2014 // by Jason Henderson

Rock removal and blasting began late May by Maine Drilling and Blasting, as the project reaches further into the ground, removing rock and soil for the future foundations of Klarman Hall, which will sit between the wings of Goldwin Smith Hall. The shoring beams are tied with lag boards to support the hillside as the digging goes deeper, but the blasting should be finished-up by July. Here’s an updated project schedule from the project page:

18 Jun 2014 | East Ave Shoring complete
24 Jun 2014 | Complete Rock removal South
01 Jul 2014 | Complete Rock removal North
16 Jul 2014 | South Footings complete
06 Aug 2014 | North Footings complete
27 Aug 2014 | South Foundation walls complete
28 Aug 2014 | Steel erection begins
17 Sep 2014 | North Foundation walls complete
01 Oct 2014 | South Steel Complete
05 Nov 2014 | North Steel complete
19 Nov 2014 | Atrium steel installed

All the underpinnings were completed last month, and we should be seeing foundation work start in the next couple weeks. Concrete forms will be situated starting at the south end, then steel reinforcement tied in-place, then concrete poured into the form. The foundation walls and steel erection phases will also go from south to north, so by the time northern foundation walls are being formed, structural steel will have begun placement on the south end. Should be a nice one to watch as it goes up. Quite an elevation change too; this one starts well below-grade, a lot like the recent Law School Expansion, constructiom which was also managed by Welliver. The design for Klarman Hall is by Koetter | Kim & Associates.

June 18th:


June 15th:


May 26th:



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.






Cornell Klarman & Goldwin Smith Hall Photo Update

May 18, 2014 // by Jason Henderson

An excavator has been removing soil in front of the shoring wall along East Ave, and re-roofing work on Goldwin Smith has progressed to the west side of the building, facing the Arts Quad. I’m not positive, but in looking at the drawings, there must be another shoring wall to go in closer to East Ave. in order to excavate another section of soil for the future building’s foundation. The project schedule shows rock removal beginning about a week from now, so there’s probably a solid layer of bedrock underneath the excavated area. The lowest floor of Klarman Hall will sit nearly equal with Goldwin Smith’s lowest floor, so the excavation will be going down much further.

Klarman Hall will be a new 33,250 square foot Humanities Building, designed by Koetter | Kim & Associates and built by Welliver to be completed around the end of 2015. Goldwin Smith Hall was built in 1892, designed by Charles Osborne (an architecture professor), Carrère and Hastings (a prominent Beaux-Arts/neo-classical architecture firm).








Cornell Law School Renovation Interior Photos

May 15, 2014 // by Jason Henderson



I swung inside the Cornell Law School Expansion this past week to follow-up from the last post with interior photos. This expansion wing on Myron Taylor Hall began back in 2012 and finished-up just a couple weeks ago, in time for convocation this weekend. It was designed by Ann Beha Architects, and constructed by Welliver.

The interior certainly kept with the idea of synthesizing a modern addition into an existing historic structure in a very tasteful manner. There are many wooden surfaces and trim work, and the stone is kept exposed on the interior. Nothing seemed to be either too ornate, or too modern. The lighting is relaxing, and the large windows bring a lot of natural light into the hall lounge. The classrooms are nice as well- good visibility from every seat, and additional screens on each side of the central lecterns. Genuinely tempting to hang out here and read a book, just a great, comfortable space:








Klarman Hall, Goldwin Smith Hall Photo Update

May 4, 2014 // by Jason Henderson


The metal shoring beams along East Ave appear to have been completed since early April, and the slate and metal re-roofing of Goldwin Smith Hall has progressed to the far southern edge. Foundation underpinnings for Goldwin Smith Hall will continue for the rest of this month, then further excavation of the hillside will take place along East Ave to prepare for structural foundation work for the future Klarman Hall.





Cornell Gates Hall Interior Photos

May 1, 2014 // by Jason Henderson

Got a chance to swing into Gates Hall and take some more interior photos since last time, so here are some shots from the hallways, common areas, and a few rooms. Not sure when the steps out front will be completed, but the interior has some nice eye-candy, and a great view of Hoy Field.

Ithacating has a great shot of this project from back in late 2012 when it was still being framed; here’s a shot from April of last year, and here are some photos from July. Definitely an interesting place to walk through:



Trippy Hallways:

Open cell ceiling panels, handy for maintenance:


Common Areas:

I was hoping this would be translucent, but it’s too opaque to see through. This is the glass floor of the cantilever section:




Work Rooms and Labs: