Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY

8,550 SF

Fitness, Student Life

Located on Cayuga Inlet, the project includes site improvements for parking, boat launching, and shoreline stabilization.

The existing boathouse is situated on a narrow site bordered by Cayuga Inlet on the west and the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks on the east. It is a plain concrete block building with a flat roof. To provide needed expansion for Ithaca College's rowing program, the proposed design provides a new 4,000 square foot boathouse south of the existing structure, containing a boat bay for eights, a smaller bay for fours, a coaches' office, and toilet and shower rooms. A small mezzanine provides space for team meetings and ergometer training. The existing boathouse is retained for boat storage and a workshop, getting a new roof and external treatment to complement the new structure.


The overall design of the buildings evokes both utilitarian waterfront structures and the Finger Lakes, and the great historical boathouses of the Schuylkill and Charles Rivers. Set on bases of native bluestone, the buildings are clad in cedar shingles with hipped roofs and brackets supporting broad eave extensions. The eyebrow window on the new structure provides natural light and views to the mezzanine level. Nighttime string lighting traces the outline of the building, recalling the Bicentennial lighting of Philadelphia's Boathouse Row.


For more information about this project contact Steven Hugo, AIA:

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