Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY

57,500 square feet

LEED Platinum certified

Awards, LEED Platinum certified, Planning, Student Life, Sustainable

The Peggy Ryan Williams Center provides the prospective student with a first impression of Ithaca College: it is the portal through which the campus experience begins - the gateway to the future.

Responding to the master plan, the site was selected so that the Peggy Ryan Williams Center works with the new Business School, to frame the view from the campus to Cayuga Lake.


The building is an experiential design, conceived through the movement of people into, around and through the spaces as they arrive, assemble and depart for their tours of the campus. The building houses enrollment planning, admissions, graduate studies, human resources and executive administration. Views of the lake, the landscape and the campus can be glimpsed through the many windows throughout the building.


The Peggy Ryan Williams Center is designed using sustainable practices for site selection, reduced energy and resource consumption, and enhanced indoor environmental quality. In order to achieve these objectives, the following sustainable strategies are being used; geothermal heating and cooling, use of sustainable and local materials , controlled natural lighting, green roofs, porous pavement and low maintenance native grasses.


The Peggy Ryan Williams Center is  LEED Platinum certified with the U.S. Green Building Council.


For more information about this project contact A. Quay Thompson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C:

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