Human Ecology Building
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Human Ecology Building
Oneonta, New York
SUNY Oneonta

The SUNY Oneonta Home Economics building, constructed in the 1950s, was no longer meeting the needs of the College. After completing a Utilization Study in 2001, we provided services from programming to design and construction administration for this 70,000 square foot building. This $9.6 million project significantly rearranged and completely renovated the interior of the building.

Architecturally, we designed a dramatic front entrance and re-fenestration that revitalized a conventional 1950’s educational building and helped the Campus transition from its historical architectural palette to one that symbolized its embrace of the contemporary while respecting reverence to its history.

architecture+ worked with the College to develop their vision for the future. The renovation that created the Human Ecology Building serves as a hallmark of SUNY Oneonta’s commitment to innovation. This project transformed several of the College’s academic programs and foreshadowed pedagogical changes, such as group-based learning by doing, that didn’t take place at other institutions until a decade later.

The project resulted in new and innovative ways for students to hone and demonstrate their skills. The laboratory space of the Interior Design and Fashion Design Programs was supplemented with a gallery and display cases. The instructional commercial kitchen was equipped to serve a dining room staffed by hospitality students. A fully licensed daycare center was designed to train students in the Early Childhood Development Program.

"architecture+ excelled in every phase of the project. In planning, they worked extremely well with faculty to reflect their program needs. In design, they produced timely, thorough and detailed drawings. In construction, they were firm but fair with contractors."

Tom Rathbone, Associate Vice President, Facilities, SUNY Oneonta

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