Located on a 17-acre site near the Cornell University campus, Collegetown Terrace is a 7-building, 610-unit student housing complex designed to serve the growing student population of Ithaca. The site adjoins busy State Street on the northeast and slopes at a steep grade to a wooded gorge on the southwest.
As the team’s landscape architect, Floura Teeter, working with landscape architect Ian Tyndall, developed a site plan that responded to strict zoning conditions, strong environmental concerns, and significant historical interest while addressing the site challenges of the steep slope. Floura Teeter created a series of pedestrian bridges that step down gradually to an extensive terrace overlooking the scenic ravine below. Parking garages were located under the buildings to reduce site impact, and bioretention/ rain gardens capture and filter runoff.
Sensitivity to site ecology, providing student gathering spaces, strengthening connectivity to campus, and providing a visual connection to the wider landscape were central to Floura Teeter’s plan.
Project Category: Housing
Location: Ithaca, NY
Client: Novarr-Mackesey Development
Contractor: Hayner Hoyt
Architect: ikon.5 Architects
Project Costs: $25,000,000