Human Ecology Building at Cornell University wins award

The Human Ecology Building has been named a grand prize winner by College Planning and Management magazine.


July 12, 2013

NEW YORK CITY – The Human Ecology Building at Cornell University, designed by Gruzen Samton ▪ IBI Group, has been named College/University Grand Prize winner by College Planning and Management magazine in their June 2013 issue.

The building, which opened in the fall of 2011, has three main components: a three-story academic/laboratory building, a parking garage, and a commons connecting the new facility to adjacent college buildings, all linked seamlessly to the topography and to adjacent facilities.

Susan Monroe, one of the judges for the competition, praised the building: “The cool, crisp glass box atop the stone plinth is visually very exciting—a handsome composition of clear and fritted glass, Kalwall and glossy red metal contrast beautifully with the dramatic and rugged landscape and plinth. The cool, crisp aesthetics continue throughout the interiors where textural elements play off of the clean surfaces. I am very enthusiastic about this entry.”

The Human Ecology building was the first building on the Cornell campus to achieve LEED® Platinum. It won a 2012 New York State AIA Design Award for Merit in the Institutional category.

College Planning and Management magazine (page 55)

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