This column was written by Brian Crandall, who runs “Ithacating in Cornell Heights.”

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Work continues on the future Klarman Hall, pushing onward to its intended opening in December 2015.

Here’s a look at the envisioned site at its completion (from a Cornell rendering):

Construction firm Welliver is plodding away, making slow if steady progress, with steel work and metal decking underway above ground, and utility installation and door framing in the basement.

Some interior and exterior wall framing has begun on the basement, ground and first floors. The 33,250 sq ft building was designed by Koetter | Kim & Associates.

Stocking Hall

On the other side of campus, renovation work continues on Stocking Hall, the home of the food science department.

The porous concrete in front of the new wing didn’t fare as well as hoped, and is being replaced. In the old building, installation of new, energy-efficient windows is underway, and should be completed in the near-term.

Interior work continues as labs and academic spaces are fitted out, and the old building and new building connectors have been sealed from the element, making them water-tight. The work will wrap up this summer, weather and schedule permitting; the two-phase renovation was launched in September 2010, and the new wing (phase one) opened in July 2013.

The 136,000 sq ft rebuild and renovation is nearly a year behind schedule. Contracting is being taken care of by the Syracuse office of The Pike Company, and the design of the new building is a product of a SUNY Construction Fund favorite, Mitchell Giurgola Architects of New York City.


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Brian Crandall

Brian Crandall reports on housing and development for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached at bcrandall@ithacavoice.com.