State University of New York at Cobleskill, Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources

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State University of New York at Cobleskill, Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources

Establishing a new focal point on campus as well as fostering a sense of pride and identity for both students and faculty, the Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources consolidates previously-dispersed departments of Plant Sciences, Fisheries and Wildlife, and Agricultural Business and Animal Sciences.

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Pathways weave around the building, leading to three primary entrances on two levels, creating a campus “crossroads.”

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An open double-height space connects two floors with a café overlooking a monumental stair that links these prime public levels. To increase social interaction, computer classrooms and a lecture hall are directly adjacent to public spaces; public corridors, inside and out, are furnished with seating and study tables.

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Along a primary public corridor are large windows into the conservatory greenhouse, the cold water fish hatcheries and meat cutting lab. This transparency, along with exhibits illustrating the current work of each department adjacent the elevator on each floor of the lab tower promote interdepartmental collaboration, mutual respect and shared identity for students and faculty alike.

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To express the duality of the program – the organic nature of agriculture and plant sciences and the industrial character of production and processing – the building’s materiality combines natural and industrial finishes, such as concrete flooring and corrugated steel on the exterior.

In contrast to the rural campus, the exterior highlights this juxtaposition while the wall assemblies are designed for very high thermal values, advancing the project’s sustainability goals. 

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Cobleskill, NY
100,931 GSF
Classrooms, Laboratories, Conservatory Greenhouse, Conference Rooms, Offices, Lecture Hall, Computer Labs, Café
LEED Silver (pursuing)


Ennead Design Team
Tomas Rossant, Don Weinreich, Anthony Guaraldo, Charles Griffith, Charmian Place, Gary Anderson, Jesica Bello, Billy Erhard, Jeffrey Geisinger, John Lowery, Lindsay McCullough, Aaron Raymond, Maria Rizzolo, Adam Sheraden, Natasha Skogerboe, Fernando Suarez, Dan Walsh, Shawn Whitehorn
Jeff Goldberg/Esto, Aislinn Weidele/Ennead Architects