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230 acres, part of existing campus, 45 miles southwest of Buffalo

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Gross Floor Area
410,000 s/f

State University Construction Fund
Dormitory Authority of the State of New York

Time Frame
Planning: 1962–
Construction: 1963–
Completion: 1968-70

Academic Center, State University of New York at Fredonia

Fredonia, New York
Completed 1968


Lead Designers:



Henry N. Cobb
Theodore J. Musho


Master campus planning and college expansion

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The commission to plan and design the expansion of the college at Fredonia presented several major challenges, chief among them being a flat, bland and featureless site and the arbitrary placement of existing buildings. A primary objective therefore was to establish a coherent framework for the creation of a new campus setting that would reflect the school's growing importance and express its varied educational functions.

Three principal organizing elements are involved: a tree-lined ring road providing enclosure to the seemingly boundless site and facilitating access to the full campus; an L-shaped pedestrian spine establishing a lively link between major campus activities; and a pedestrian terrace encompassing the most heavily trafficked areas of the complex.

The integrated movement system organizes the individual components of the multibuilding academic center into a unified whole. Included are an eight-story Administration Tower (the symbolic gateway into the complex); a multilevel Arts Center; a three-story Communications Center; a Student Union; a science / classroom building; and a long terraced library which, both spatially and programmatically, constitutes the heart of the school. The identity of the Academic Center and its key role in the school is strengthened by the scale and character of its architectural concrete buildings, all clearly distinguished from the existing red brick campus.


Major Components

Maytum Hall Administration Building, 49,560 s/f (housing offices and conference spaces)

Daniel Reed Library, 69,270 s/f (housing approx. 225,000 volumes and musical scores, 800 student / faculty carrels, rare book rooms, conservation facilities, offices)

McEwen Hall, 53,900 s/f (housing 6 lecture halls/920-students total capacity, and communications including television, radio and computer facilities)

Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center, 118,500 s/f (housing a concert hall, two theaters and exhibition gallery)

Student Union, 46,800 s/f

Science Building, 72,400 s/f

Ring Road, Pedestrian Spine, Terrace




Prestressed Concrete Institute Award
(for the
Daniel Reed Library)


I. M. Pei & Partners services

Master Planning; Complete Architectural Services



Office of Dan Kiley, Charlotte, VT, and
Joseph Gangemi, New York, NY



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