Cornell University established an integrated College of Business, comprising three separate and distinguished business programs, collectively strengthening each by bringing together faculty, curricular offerings, and programs within a cohesive College. Beardsley was tasked with converting approximately 2,400 square feet of existing office space into a highly visible suite of offices within the School of Hotel Administration to house two of the three deans and selected support staff.
Coordination and planning with decision-makers was particularly challenging because of each dean’s respective summer travel schedule. Key design criteria included a need to maximize sound-isolation within private office, the desire to take full advantage of natural daylight without impacting the exterior envelope, and to create a sense of arrival for visitors. Careful consideration was also given to the transition between the waiting area and private offices so as to project a sense of clarity and unity. The existing reception and waiting area, designed by Beardsley for the previous office occupant, received only minor modifications, and included replacement of finishes and lighting.
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