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Benton Hall Career Service Building

Colgate University
Hamilton, New York

2018

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Description

Benton Hall, the new 16,600-square-foot home of Colgate University's Center for Career Services, faces an important campus entry, mediating between the picturesque landscape of the school's lower campus and the gridiron organization of the hilltop Central Quadrangle. Locally-quarried bluestone with cast stone accents rises to a slate roof, recalling Colgate's first building, West Hall (Daniel Hascall, 1827). Simple massing and robust Romanesque detailing recalls two other of Colgate's historic buildings: Hascall Hall (C.B. Butler, 1884) and the James B. Colgate Admissions Building (Edwin A. Quick, 1891). The building negotiates a steep change in grade with a drop-off and lower-level lobby at the entry drive and a first-floor entrance to the south at the level of the Central Quad. Benton Hall accommodates a multipurpose room that serves as a career commons, a seminar room, and support spaces for the University's Advising, Employee Relations, and Operations departments.

We are pursuing LEED Platinum certification for the project.

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