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Elmira College Cowles Hall

Project InfoENR Best Projects 2013 Winner

Name: Cowles Hall Restoration & Stabilization

Client: Elmira College

Location: Elmira, New York

Project Data

Size: 100,000 square feet

Completion Date: 2012

Designer: QPK Design (Syracuse, NY)

Project Summary

In 2010, Elmira College commissioned an extensive $29 million stabilization and restoration of Historic Cowles Hall, which had been out of use for over twenty years. After performing preconstruction services, Welliver was chosen as the construction manager and completed the project in two parts – the stabilization of the foundation and skeleton of the building in preparation for interior demolition and the rebuilding of the interior, floor by floor. The complex project required extensive site logistics planning and careful sequencing of exploratory work, shoring, demolition and new construction in a fragile building at risk of collapse. Crews dug old coal and dirt from the basement to make way for the steel beams used for stabilization of the 155-year-old brick shell of the building, and a unique, temporary interior structural wall stabilization system was utilized and coupled with innovative temporary exterior structural wall stabilization on the five-story octagon. 


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2013 ENR New York Best Project: Renovation/Restoration

2012 Central New York A Time to Build Award – Best Historical Preservation  

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