Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY

8,400 gross square feet

LEED Gold certified

Academics, LEED Gold certified, Sustainable

Ithaca College had a pedestrian concourse extending along five buildings, connecting the Campus Center at one end to the administration building, Job Hall, at the other.

The Office of Admission, located in Job Hall, relied on this concourse for their campus tours, particularly during inclement weather. With the relocation of Admission to the newly constructed Peggy Ryan Williams Center, it was recognized that the concourse would have to be extended to the new building. The problem was getting past a grand exterior stair, located between Job Hall and Dillingham Center, that connected to the Dillingham Fountains.


The solution was to create an underground passage along the north side of the fountain pool, connecting to Dillingham Center, which in turn was connected to Williams Center by a second-floor bridge. To realize greater benefit from the project than merely a pedestrian connection, two 32-seat classrooms were created, with a rebuilt exterior stair between them ascending to roof terraces at the level of the Fountains.


The passage gently slopes down from Job Hall to a low point in the center, where the classrooms are entered, and then slopes gently back up to Dillingham Center at its west end. Linear cove fixtures light the passage, and windows into the classrooms, as well as a skylighted alcove, provide natural daylight. The classrooms' north-facing windows are canted back, and have an exterior glass rain screen that reflects the sky when viewed from the exterior.


The building is constructed of board-formed concrete, with rooftop terraces covered with precast pavers and areas of vegetation. The new exterior stair is granite, with glass and stainless steel railings. The project is LEED Gold certified.


For more information about this project contact A. Quay Thompson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C:

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