SUNY Upstate Medical University

Syracuse, NY

48,215 square feet

LEED Certifiable (Executive Order 111)

Awards, Planning, Support, Sustainable

This new 5-story building adds a variety of academic and administrative spaces, including a state-of-the-art clinical skills center, flexible classroom space, offices and an alumni association suite.

Adding the new structure against the face of the existing Weiskotten Hall offers both the advantage of close proximity to academic program space and the challenge of preserving the window area of the existing façade. The 4-story atrium is crowned with a 100-foot skylight that offers natural light to embedded spaces, and creates an energetic public space that can be used for large gatherings. The atrium, designed largely of glass, acts as a transitional space uniting the architectural expressions of the original building and the HOLT designed new structure.


The atrium concept was developed at the pre-schematic phase as a way to fit the required addition on the site without compromising daylighting to classrooms and laboratories in the existing building. The design then evolved over time through a collaborative and iterative process with the stakeholders. The state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Center was developed by the design team in collaboration the director, using lessons learned from facilities at peer institutions.


For more information about this project contact Robert J. O'Brien, AIA, NCARB:

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