As the new home of Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, the nearly 145,000 square foot structure will accommodate teaching classrooms, office space, a trading studio and research laboratory, and a library.
The demands of modern building codes, ADA compliance, and state-of-the-art technologies and communication systems made it necessary to completely CAPACITY580COST PER SQ FT$193.00FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio the interior, but the important historic exterior was to be preserved and restored. Engineering the construction of a completely new building inside the historic walls began with the erection of an exoskeleton of 45-foot towers, employing a system of struts and whalers that supported the wall from the exterior to ensure it would not collapse during construction. Once the foundation was set, erection of the structural steel for the new interior framing began.
The renovation faithfully preserves the original intricate brickwork, arched windows, red granite columns, carved brownstone columns featuring flora of the Ithaca area, and slate roofs and gables.
The first floor of the design recalls the conservatory through an association of forms and color. The red-orange granite of the facade above and the east entry to the north complements the color of the adjacent brick in the preserved exterior, while maintaining a distinct difference.
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