August 26, 2004

Duffield Hall, Beck Center Expansion Open Doors

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Cornell’s campus will see a growth spurt this fall as two major construction projects come to a close. Duffield Hall, the sleek new nanotechnology building perched on the corner of the Engineering Quad, and the Beck Center expansion project on the east side of Statler Hall are both slated to open to students this fall.

Each is planned to feature a mix of educational facilities, meeting rooms and striking architecture.

“One of the key themes [in the construction of Duffield Hall] was the promotion of interaction among researchers,” said Amy Ritter, Duffield Hall project manager. “It’s very open.”

With its high-ceilinged atrium and windowed staircases, Duffield Hall’s architecture mirrors the academic collaboration that the building is intended to inspire.

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