Cayuga/Onondaga BOCES Regional Education Center

Auburn, New York

  • FIRM

    Samuel Cichello, Architect


    Cayuga/Onondaga BOCES Board of Education

  • AREA

    202,000 sq.ft.





Associated firms: Hewitt Monahan Associates; DiBartolomeo Engineering; Fisher Associates; Yuhas Lands Design; Earth Sensitive Solutions; The Myers Group; Fetech Inc.; Eisenbach & Ruhnke Engineering; C&S Design Build Inc.

The challenge to designers was bringing together varied programs into one center in a manner that promotes a cohesive, efficient opportunity ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$194.00 students. Grouping similar programs and services into radiating wings provided a degree of exclusiveness and convenient access to the central core.

The main trades wing includes nine separate lab spaces, each with an enclosed teaching classroom. The early-childhood program is adjacent to the daycare facility, and special education and other special programs are in three other wings. Central administrative offices are the only second-floor space. Programs in the central core are culinary arts, health-related occupations, graphic arts and cosmetology. Many programs include services to residents of the community at certain times of the year.

The administration expected the new facility would incorporate energy-efficient principles and equipment, and be sensitive to the environment. Incorporating 200 geothermal wells contributed to a facility that is 43 percent more energy-efficient. Use of green practices were incorporated into the construction. This facility has applied for LEED certification.