Cayuga Community College’s Fulton Campus Earns Design Award

Cayuga Community College’s (CCC) Fulton Campus was recently recognized by the American Institute of Architects Eastern New York Chapter (AIAENY). JMZ Architects and Planners of Glens Falls, NY, the project’s architectural firm, was honored with a merit award for excellence in design for its work on the project.

The annual AIAENY Design Awards program honors the design accomplishments of the Chapter’s members. The AIA Brooklyn chapter judged this year’s field of entries. The jury commented that the “conversion of a strip mall into a college school campus was innovative in concept and design. The challenge of creating a college campus feel is explicit in the spacious and naturally lit spaces that encompass the learning environment.”

“American community colleges have earned a reputation for doing more with less and staying tightly connected with the people they serve,” said Dr. Gregory T. DeCinque, CCC president. “For almost 20 years, Cayuga had offered classes at Fulton in office buildings, a former Catholic school and a refurbished department store. All of these were rented spaces. The College wanted to control its own space in Oswego County, and the River Glen Plaza was the perfect place to build our permanent home.”

Significant and sustained growth from 1994 — when the College first began offering courses in Fulton in rented classrooms — through 2011 when, after several moves to larger spaces, the College purchased the P&C property in the River Glen Plaza. The College Foundation formed the CCCF River Glen Holdings non-profit subsidiary to purchase the 25-acre plaza. The long-term vision is to convert the entire site into a collegiate campus, with a green quadrangle, trees and informal outside spaces. The adjoining 45 acres could become athletic fields, student housing or additional buildings. Initial construction began in December 2011 and the doors opened to students in August 2012.

Karin Kilgore-Green, AIA, was the principal JMZ architect on the project and led the design team that also included David Holbrook and Jodi Emmons. Sack & Associates served as MEP engineers, while Ryan Biggs & Associates provided structural engineering services. L.P. Ciminelli was the project’s construction manager.

“We thoroughly enjoyed working with the College and the great team of professionals who were our partners on this project,” shares Karin Kilgore-Green. “It was rewarding to watch the transformation of the site. The collaborative design process really inspired us and fueled our creativity. We are grateful to have been part of this important community initiative.”

The Fulton Campus project’s merit award was obtained in the Renovation/Addition/Adaptive Reuse category. JMZ received the recognition at an awards ceremony on February 20 at The Arts Center of the Capitol Region in Troy, NY.