Rockefeller Arts Center, SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY

We were hired by New York’s State University Construction Fund to design a significant addition to and a dramatic reconceiving of a 1968 I.M. Pei arts complex on the SUNY Fredonia campus. We created a linear addition at the west façade, allowing the former back and service side of the building to become the new primary entrance. We inverted the existing material language of long concrete walls by employing a palette of metal and glass walls with accents of concrete details. Our addition includes classrooms, sculpture and ceramics studios, performance spaces for music and dance, and a variety of shops and other shared facilities, including areas for set design and construction.

The project achieved LEED Silver certification.

60,000 square feet, new construction
40,000 square feet, renovation

Completed 2017

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Key People
Maitland Jones
Noah Biklen, Project Lead
Scott Price, Project Manager

Collaborating Firms
Deborah Berke Partners – Architect
Robert Silman Associates – Structural Engineer
Lakhani & Jordan Engineers – MEP Engineer
Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects – Landscape Architect
Larsen Engineers – Civil Engineer
Harvey Marshall Berling & Associates – Theater/AV/Acoustics/IT consultant
PHT Lighting Design, Inc. – Lighting Designer
Front, Inc. – Facade Consultant
Fisher Associates – Geotechnical Engineer

I.M. Pei & Partners – original architect, 1968.

AIANYS Excelsior Award, AIANY Design Award of Merit, 2017 AIA Buffalo/WNY Architecture Award, SARA National Design Award of Honor, SARA – New York Council Design Award of Merit, and an American Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

Published in Architect, November 2017.