The City of Ithaca Planning and Development Board discussed the remodeling of Hughes Hall and the revitalization of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Quad on Tuesday. According to University architect Gilbert Delgado, the Hughes Hall project aims to meet the spatial needs of faculty and students and improve exterior aesthetics of Cornell Law School. The renovation will largely focus on a new enclosed loggia connecting Hughes Hall to Myron Taylor Hall and a new staircase of the west side of Hughes Hall. The loggia should provide better access from Hughes Hall to the Berger Atrium and create more open spaces that enhance way-finding through the facility, according to Delgado. He added that, funds permitting, the University plans to repair the dining terrace near the Fork and Gavel Cafe “to have a more spacious and modern eatery and event space.”
The Hughes Hall construction is planned for the summer to not interfere with traffic during the academic year.