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Cornell files plans with city for $30M addition to Engineering Quad

Plans have been filed with the City of Ithaca for a $30 million expansion and renovation of Cornell University’s Engineering School.

The plans focus on expanding Thurston Hall, an academic building on the south end of Cornell’s Pew Engineering Quad. As detailed in the proposal, a four-story addition is planned for the north side of Thurston Hall with an estimated $29.5 million cost to build. The addition will be roughly 50,550 square feet, which more than double the existing size of the building.


For roughly the past decade, Cornell has been engaged in a major expansion and renovation of its Engineering School facilities, according to Ithaca Voice. The $150 million project included renovations to Upson Hall and Kimball Hall a few years back, but the original proposal did not include an expansion to Thurston Hall.

The proposed design for the Thurston addition was completed by NBBJ Architects of Boston. The addition will house Cornell’s Meinig School for Biomedical Engineering and include laboratories, instruction space, study areas, and meeting rooms.

If plans are approved by the city, construction would begin in January 2023 and the facility would be ready for student use by Fall 2024.