Ithaca College Athletics and Events Center in Ithaca, New York by Moody Nolan.

Ithaca College Athletics and Events Center in Ithaca, New York by Moody Nolan.

Credit: Moody Nolan

Anchoring the eastern edge of a small campus, this 179,000-square-foot multipurpose facility works with the existing hillside topography and creates a visual termination for a major pedestrian walkway. The large mass is set into the ground to reduce the project scale and accentuate the tower—now an iconic element for the college. Tucking the building into the hillside minimized impact on nearby wetlands, woods, and residential neighbors. The program for this facility focused on three main activity places: indoor field house, natatorium, and outdoor turf field. As the primary indoor facility for Ithaca College, the field house needed to accommodate varsity practice and competition, intramural and club sports, and the basic recreational needs of students. The main hall at the center of the building (also used as a prefunction event space) is the main gathering space and central control point for the building.

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