Clarkson University, Bertrand H. Snell Hall

Potsdam, New York

  • FIRM

    HOLT Architects, PC


    Clarkson University

  • AREA

    82,000 sq.ft.





The three-story building houses the schools of business and liberal arts. It is organized around a central atrium and designed to encourage interaction among faculty and students. The program includes centers for leadership and entrepreneurship, excellence in communication and global competitiveness, open computer labs and computer classrooms, and three case ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$134.00FEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio halls.

A limited site and sizable building program required reconciliation to establish the definition of an academic quad. The solution incorporates a major entry point at the intersection connecting an office wing with an administrative and program wing to the south.

About 1,000 computer data ports accommodate laptops, while ceiling cable trays provide for ease of cable installation to keep pace with ever-changing technology. A sophisticated environmental-control system operates the air handlers and cooling tower for independent space management.

The exterior palette of green metal roof, brick and white aluminum windows references the earliest campus structure, which combined copper roofs, salmon-colored local sandstone and painted wood windows.