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Facility Location:  
This represents emergency response location only, may not reflect occupants mailing address.
618 Tower Rd
Town of Ithaca
NY -
Construction Date:   1974
Gross Area:   127,628 sq ft
Net Area:   111,143 sq ft
Architect:   Ulrich Franzen
Style:   Modern
Unit Facility Director:   wad2 - Wayne A. Davenport
Building Coordinators
Maintenance Zone:   Contract-College
Campus Site:   29 - Ithaca Main Campus
Jurisdiction:   Contract College Facilities
State Owned?:   Yes
Historic Building:   NL - Not Listed as Landmark
Historic District:   NL - Not Located Within a District
Photo: Vet Research Tower
The nine story VRT is designed to relate closely with the surrounding buildings. It shares the same stylistic characteristics and emphasis upon materials rather than ornamentation as does Boyce Thompson Institute. The curved northern facade is comprised of a black glass curtain wall set in narrow metal mullions and is supported by an open loggia with cylindrical columns. The main entrance is enclosed in black glass. The other facades are sheathed in a deep brown brick (set in a common bond) with the exception vertical strip windows on the west and east facades. Vertical circulation shafts on the perimeter of the east and west facades allow for more interior space and flexibility. The southern side features raised and projecting panels, a rectangular one story appendage, and exposed ventilation systems that have been creatively integrated into the building design.