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Extreme Makeover: Warren Hall Sustainability Edition

By Ellen Leventry ’95

Warren Hall Rendering

Home to the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, the Department of Development Sociology, and the Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI), Warren Hall embodies the spirit of interdisciplinary learning, discovery, and engagement that defines the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Soon it will also embody the college’s spirit of sustainability, thanks to a $51 million, LEED-certified renovation.

Constructed in 1932, at a cost of $500,000, Warren Hall was built in the Beaux Arts–style. Plans call for modernization tempered by preservation. The brick and stone exterior, as well as the distinctive entry lobby and the large lecture hall, will undergo complete restoration, while the rest of the 128,355-square-foot, four-floor building will benefit from a complete update of the facility’s infrastructure. However, reconstruction in the New York City–based FXFOWLE Architects plan will include repurposing, which even calls for the conservation of the bathrooms’ marble partitions to be used as flooring in the re-opened building.

Other green project highlights include: maximizing the use of daylight throughout the building to reduce energy demands; the use of reflective roofing material and a green vegetated roof to reduce heat island effect; the use of natural ventilation in offices and fan coil units for heating and cooling, as well as occupancy sensors for lighting and air-conditioning throughout the building, to achieve 48 percent in energy savings as compared with a code-compliant building; and ensuring that over 50 percent of the wood products specified on the project will come from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forests.

Commitment to being green will extend far beyond construction with environmentally friendly cleaning and integrated pest management plans, and landscaping designed and installed with the help of Department of Landscape Architecture students as part of Cornell’s Sustainable Sites Initiative. The building is expected to earn a Gold LEED Project rating, with hopes for a possible Platinum rating.

Additionally, 75 percent of demolition and construction-generated waste is planned to be recycled or diverted from landfills.

Construction on Warren Hall is scheduled to be completed in 2014.