Cornell University Upson Hall

The renovation of the vintage, post-WWII era Upson Hall helps “bring engineering from enclosed spaces into the more public realm.” Home to the mechanical and aerospace engineering programs, the state-of-the-art 160,000 SF research and teaching facility fosters collaboration and communication between students, faculty, and staff, bringing these engineering programs into a new century.

The building is equipped to support both traditional lecture and small group collaborative learning with classrooms of various sizes. The rooms include reconfigurable furniture, an audiovisual system that supports multiple viewing orientations, lecture capture, and multimedia presentation capabilities. Other spaces highlighting the facility are a multipurpose conference room, multiple conference rooms, meeting and group study rooms, and an Experiential Learning Lab providing space for students to develop and utilize new technology.

The technologically-advanced facility enables engineering students to learn in a high-performance setting, supporting Cornell University’s College of Engineering and its mission to “provide students with a broad and exceptional education that prepares them to excel in their professions and to become creative leaders and mentors in an increasingly complex world.”


Ithaca, NY


Perkins + Will; LTL Architects


Key Facts

  • 160,000 GSF
  • Budget $50M