Facilities That Fit the College's Long-Term Mission

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Building spaces that successfully advance the student-centered mission of the College of Human Ecology requires a unique approach to facilities planning. By accepting the challenge to develop spaces to support the growth of innovative research in fields from neuroscience to historical and contemporary fashion, our facilities team works closely with the faculty, staff, and students to create spaces that serve the college and the broader Cornell community.

In 1990, the college leadership began work on a comprehensive facilities plan that has contributed greatly to the college's long-term vision to lead in multidisciplinary, field-based research, innovative teaching, and outreach and extension efforts.

Since that time, new construction, renovations, and technology upgrades in the college's long-time home, Martha Van Rensselaer (MVR) Hall, and Savage Hall, a hub for the Division of Nutritional Sciences, aim to keep pace with the growth of our research and teaching programs.

The addition of the new Human Ecology Building (nearly 89,000 sq. ft.) this year replaces the "23 equivalent amount of space lost when the MVR North Building, in the same location, was determined to be unsound and closed in 2001. Still, the addition of the new building is just one large milestone in an ongoing series of renovations and updates to college buildings anticipated in the facilities master plan that guides the growth of our facilities. Even before the loss of MVR North, it was clear that growing expectations for more space and technology required a forward - looking philosophy that guarantees that our facilities meet the evolving needs of our college.

The success of our research and teaching programs is due to our incredibly ingenious faculty members, who seek to collaborate around key issues and lead research in many new directions. Our facilities plan will continue to involve faculty members and students in a way that ensures that our facilities keep pace with their innovation and scholarship. …


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