The project involved the development of a Campus Capital Plan for 2.5 million SF of the main campus and 1.5 million SF of satellite campuses including 500,000 SF at the Geneva, New York experimental research facility at Cornell University. The Campus Capital Plan focused on four colleges: Agricultural and Life Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Human Ecology and Industry and Labor Relations.

The methodology for the capital planning process was guided by three principal goals which included the following:

  1. Assist Cornell University in the review of capital projects and evaluation of facilities’ conditions and then to develop a prioritized project request list for the SUCF Office of Capital Planning and Programming.
  2. Establish a five-year Campus Capital Plan of renovation and maintenance projects that would account for operating needs, plant renewal issues and space surges or limitations caused by building renovations. The objectives were to identify high-priority health/safety and facility preservation projects that would provide for ongoing operations and to identify the highest-priority building renovation needs.
  3. Review program studies for specific proposed campus projects.

The product of the five-year Campus Capital Plan included a list of capital projects to be implemented over the next five years based on campus, SUNY, SUCF, and Division of Budget priorities. However, an important conclusion reached during the planning process was that the development of the capital plan should not be limited to the five-year period.  Consequently, the Campus Capital Plan was expanded to include projects that will evolve on a long-range basis beyond a 5-year planning cycle.


State University Construction Fund


Helpern Architects


745 Acres


Mechanical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Plumbing Engineering

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Mr. David Helpern
Helpern Architects
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