State University of New York, College at Cortland, Alterations to Alger Hall Dormitory

Cortland, New York

The architect and the consultant team identified a number of problems during the programming phase that called for imaginative solutions:

•How to connect lounge, study and laundry spaces, which would be on two entry levels separated by a full story.

•How to accommodate the demand for modern residence-hall rooms with a variety of unit types including singles, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$93.88FEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYResidence Halls/Lounges and suites.

•How to accommodate modern HVAC, electrical and fire-protection systems in a building with a floor-to-floor height of 6 to 8 inches.

The solution in the public areas on levels one and two was to remove a large section of the second-floor slab, creating a two-story space connected by a stair. This idea allowed the lounge, recreation, study areas and laundry to be interconnected. Where appropriate for noise separation, glazed walls were built, which still permitted visual connections.

A wide variety of units was designed by capturing corridor space into the suites, maximizing the living space utilization on each floor.