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Riley-Robb East and South Wing Rendering
Riley-Robb East and South Wing Rendering

Project Team:

  • Cornell University – Owner
  • BRL Principal Investigator – Dr. Larry P. Walker
  • Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering (BEE)
  • College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS)
  • SWBR Architects & Engineers – Architect
  • M/E Engineering – MEP Engineer
  • LeChase Construction Services – General Contractor / Construction Manager
  • Funding Provided by the Empire State Development Corporation

The Riley-Robb Hall Biofuels Research Lab (BRL) & Building System Upgrades project involves the adaptive reuse and renovation of the east wing 1950’s vintage large equipment lab into a suite of modern wet labs, approximately 11,500 gross square feet (GSF), for state-of-the-art cellulosic biomass biofuels research & development, along with modest renovation of 7,700 GSF adjacent space in the south wing for the Soil & Water Group (SWG) displaced by the BRL, and finally building system infrastructure renewals that include a 2,400 GSF Penthouse Mechanical Equipment Room addition over the east wing with spare capacity to enable future renovations and upgrades.

LeChase Construction Services is on schedule to finish the BRL work in the East Wing for beneficial occupancy in December 2008.  The interior and exterior BRL work by all construction trades is in progress, including: masonry and brick infill, framing, insulation and sheet rock of walls, window storefront and overhead door installation; HVAC, lab piping, fire protection, and electrical systems underway.  Penthouse construction is in progress, including structural, mechanical and electrical systems, and insulated architectural-metal wall panel assembly.  Planning is underway for the South Wing SWG balance of construction.  The project continues to track required submissions for LEED credits in pursuit of certification through the USGBC.

Reference Documents and Links of Interests for the Lessons Learned from the LEED Experience for the Cornell Biofuels Research Lab:

Labs21 – 2008 Conference, Session A1 - Perspectives on Education Laboratories:
Three Perspectives on Pursuing LEED Certification on Small Projects in the University Environment –
Design Team, Institution & Customer

BRL Project Specific:

Cornell University:

BRL Links of Interest:

Cornell University Design & Construction Standards:

Cornell University Sustainable Campus:

SWBR Architects:

M/E Engineering, P.C.:

LeChase Construction Services, LLC:

LEED Costs Analysis: