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Associate Director of Alumni Affairs and Development
College of Veterinary Medicine
Ithaca, NY 14853-6401
Partnering with experts at the Weiss/Manfredi architectural firm of New York City, the College is making steady progress toward a transformational capital project that will create appropriately sized classrooms for expanding pre-clinical education, renovate existing anatomy, tutorial, and student surgery areas, establish facilities appropriate for meetings and events, develop an e-learning center, and create outstanding spaces for collaboration and study. The project will also replace or adaptively reuse the vacated former diagnostic lab and necropsy suites, include needed infrastructure upgrades to Schurman Hall, establish a central student locker area, and strengthen our sense of community through improved public spaces and a new cafeteria.
Ultimately, the project will create a dynamic, asymmetrical series of spaces that will unite the entrances for Schurman Hall, the Veterinary Education Center, and the Veterinary Research Tower and establish appropriate public atrium space for large gatherings and presentations.
Current plans call for replacing James Law Auditorium with a three-story building that will house the Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library, modular resource center, and administrative offices. In addition, plans call for two additional, large, tiered lecture halls; a relocated dining area that will more effectively support food service needs and foster a greater sense of community; a multi-purpose Atrium that will effectively support large gatherings including the annual NYS Veterinary Conference; a larger footprint for the gross anatomy lab; a plethora of study spaces that will support both private, quiet study and group learning; and rain gardens and a green roof to creatively handle water run-off.
Plans call for demolishing 68,000 square feet of existing space, replacing it with 65,000 square feet of new space, and renovating 33,000 square feet. The project is estimated to cost $63 million, much of which will be covered with state funds that have been allocated for capital projects with a portion coming from private support. Should the project proceed according to the current schedule, construction will begin in the late fall or early winter of 2014 and conclude in 2017.