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Cornell Law School Expansion - Phase I

Project Info

Name: Law School Expansion & Renovation - Phase I

Client: Cornell University Law School 

Location: Ithaca, New York

Project Summary

Welliver recently concluded the management of phase one of Cornell Law School's expansion and renovation project. Completed over three phases, the project was commissioned in order to expand the law school and create new space for the school's current enrollment, as well as its projected growth in the future. Construction entailed the removal of the Purcell Courtyard, under which a new one-story, below-grade addition was built adjacent to the existing Myron Taylor Hall, followed by the rebuild of the courtyard above. The addition features a new entry and lobby, two additional state-of-the-art classrooms, a 170-seat lecture hall and auditorium, faculty offices, court rooms, and common spaces for gatherings and collaboration. Initially designed to achieve LEED Gold, the first phase of the project achieved LEED Platinum certification upon completion and is only the second building on the Cornell campus to be certified at that level.


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Extensive phasing, logistics and shoring plans had to be developed for such a high profile project on one of the college’s busiest streets.

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