Beloved for its historic charm, Balch Hall is in need of extensive upgrades. Goody Clancy is working with Cornell to make Balch accessible and comfortable for all, and to ready the iconic building for another century of service.
Balancing preservation with progress
Balch Hall is one of Cornell’s most historic residence halls. Its ivy-covered stone walls, slate roof, and leaded-glass windows are details that tie this building to the architectural traditions of its campus. Our comprehensive renovation preserves Balch Hall’s treasured character while modernizing it to meet the needs of current and future residents.
The renovation involves exterior repairs, systems replacement, and reconfigurations to the floorplan. New lounges on every floor will provide students with additional social space, and four new elevators will make the building universally accessible.
To preserve Balch’s historic character, we implemented a thoughtful approach that involved salvaging and repurposing various building materials, including historic light fixtures, marble partitions, and original wood doors. With utmost care, the team undertook a meticulous disassembly and deconstruction process to catalog and safeguard these elements for integration into the new design.
Of building items were redirected from the landfill to an architectural salvage store for resale
kBtu/sf-yr (projected) thanks to sustainable strategies including efficient lighting and low-flow plumbing fixtures
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