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Cornell’s new information science building will foster dynamic exchange of ideas and quiet, focused research

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Cornell’s new information science building will foster dynamic exchange of ideas and quiet, focused research

The four-story structure will feature three research floors floating above a lively and active ground floor.


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | June 9, 2023
Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science (Cornell Bowers CIS) Rendering courtesy Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Rendering courtesy Leers Weinzapfel Associates

Construction recently began on Cornell University’s new 135,000-sf building for the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science (Cornell Bowers CIS). Designed by Boston-based Leers Weinzapfel Associates, the structure will bring together the departments of Computer Science, Information Science, and Statistics and Data Science for the first time in one complex.

The new four-story structure in Ithaca, N.Y., will define a highly identifiable Bowers CIS precinct of continuous building and open space, creating a magnet attracting students from multiple disciplines across the entire university, according to a news release from Leers Weinzapfel Associates. The building’s three research floors connected to Gates Hall will float above a lively and active ground floor framing an outdoor space for daily use, small gatherings, and large ceremonies.

The two wings of the building will contain academic research offices and computational labs augmented by a suite of collaborative spaces on the three upper floors. At the ground level, a student “ramble” along the courtyard edge will provide a place for individual and small group study, while a café, commons, large interactive classroom, a series of large builder labs, and a maker space will provide areas for students to study and work on projects together.

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Rendering courtesy Leers Weinzapfel Associates

A ribbon of faceted sculptural metal fins will wrap the three-story research floors, creating a distinct identity for the building while maintaining a sustainable limited window area.

“Our goal is to create a place for both the dynamic exchange of ideas and for quiet focused research,” said Andrea Leers, principal-in-charge, Leers Weinzapfel Associates. Since creating the Faculty of Computing and Information Science in 1999, Cornell has experienced continued student growth in the computing and information science fields.

Sustained dynamic growth and uniquely collaborative research fuels the college to develop state-of-the-art computing and information technologies, and to study and understand the societal and human impact of these technologies.

The project will incorporate sustainable development strategies to comply with the Ithaca Energy Code Supplement and NYStretch Energy Code.

On the team: 
Owner and/or developer: Cornell University
Design architect: Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Architect of record: Leers Weinzapfel Associates
MEP engineer: BVH Integrated Services, A Salas O’Brien Company
Structural engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
General contractor/construction manager: LeChase

Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science (Cornell Bowers CIS)
Rendering courtesy Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science (Cornell Bowers CIS) (1)
Rendering courtesy Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Rendering courtesy Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Rendering courtesy Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Rendering courtesy Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Rendering courtesy Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Rendering courtesy Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Plan courtesy Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Rendering courtesy Leers Weinzapfel Associates
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