Perkins+Will has been called back to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, to revamp a building it designed in 1956. Alongside LTL Architects and Thornton-Tomasetti, the firm is transforming the 160,000-square-foot, Upson Hall into a 21st century engineering facility. Robert Goodwin of Perkins+Will, who is a Cornell architecture graduate himself,
“In repurposing a post-WWII building, the Upson Hall project transforms a work of international modernism into a highly tuned, site specific building, setting precedent for the rejuvenation of the Engineering Quadrangle,” said Perkins+Will in a statement.
As Goodwin noted, the Perkins+Will connection to Cornell runs much deeper than him alone. The firm’s founders, Lawrence Perkins and Philip Will, both graduated from the university in the 1930s. But despite this history, the present-day firm is not too precious about its dated work at the school. “We are trying to make this a very meaningful building,” Goodwin told AN, “and for us, that means not just the appearance, but the way it performs and how those two things relate together.”
Construction is slated to begin in spring 2015.