State University of New York—Farmingdale State College, Nathan Hale Hall Rehabilitation

Farmingdale, New York

  • FIRM

    David Smotrich & Partners LLP


    State University Construction Fund/SUNY Farmingdale State College

  • AREA

    60,000 sq.ft.





The architect prepared a program study, overall design and construction administration for Nathan Hale Hall, the largest academic building on the SUNY Farmingdale campus. The building required total renovation because of large quantities of asbestos, spalling concrete and interior leaks. What once was a dark, open-air passageway through the central ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$466.00FEATURED IN2012 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior RenovationSUB CATEGORYRenovation of the building’s ground floor was transformed into a light and airy gathering place for students through the use of a central skylight and opposing two-story, glass curtainwalls. This central "soft space" includes a lobby, art gallery and lounge.

The design visually opens the building to the main campus and is on direct axis to the college president’s residence. The 1960s building structure was very unforgiving, constructed with long spans of concrete T beams. However, with a lot of ingenuity, the team was able to bring this building up to present teaching standards and now is a showcase renovation. This building is integrated technologically with the rest of the campus, having all new electrical systems, HVAC and cooling.

This design did not end at the outside walls, but expanded to include new environmentally friendly landscaping as well.