Stocking Hall, Cornell University

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Ithaca, NY
Cornell University
187,000 SF
105,000 SF Addition
81,500 SF Renovation
2017 AIANYS Excelsior Honor Award for Public Architecture
2016 Design Award of Merit, SARA National
2016 American Architectural Award, The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design
2016 Historic Ithaca Preservation Award of Merit
2014 Bronze Award of Honor, SARA New York Chapter
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Cornell University’s nationally ranked Food Science program has been housed in the historic Beaux-Arts style Stocking Hall since its construction in 1921. Nearly a century later, the 48,000 square-foot building and its single-story extension no longer met the expanding needs of the University’s innovative Food Science program. This multiphase project included the full renovation of Stocking Hall, the demolition and replacement of the extension, and the construction of a new 79,000 square-foot laboratory building and a new 23,000 square-foot dairy plant. 

Located at one of the main access points to the Cornell campus, Stocking Hall and its additions provide a revitalized architectural identity for the Food Science Department. In keeping with the University’s focus on reducing the overall greenhouse gas emissions for the campus, the project incorporates an array of sustainable design elements and achieved LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Building Program

The Dairy Plant

One of the unique components in the Stocking Hall program was the dairy processing plant. The plant produces a variety of dairy and juice products that are sold locally, and serves as a hands-on training facility for Cornell University, the New York State Department of Agriculture Inspectors, and the FDA.

The addition was planned so that the dairy plant would be situated along Tower Road, creating a special street presence not common on college campuses.
The glass-fronted dairy plant encourages students, faculty or members of the surrounding community to observe its inner workings firsthand. Double-height windows are illuminated at night to further enhance the exterior and create a jewel-like presence at the street.
The design of the plant was conceived as a clockwise flow around the existing Food Product Development Laboratory. Raw milk and cider are pumped from tanker trucks in a receiving bay into the double-height plant where they are stored in large refrigerated tanks.
An observation deck above the plant also lends a new perspective for learning about the complex processes and equipment below.