ESF’s Landscape Architecture Department Moves Downtown

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ESF's Marshall Hall

State University of New York School of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) landscape architecture course students will be held in downtown Syracuse to accommodate the two-and-a-half-year renovation of Marshall Hall.

This 87-year-old building is undergoing major renovations, which will help relocate three academic departments. The Department of Landscape Architecture has moved to the center of Syracuse, to 224 Harrison Street. Environmental studies and general education have been moved to various buildings on the ESF Forest Drive campus.

Landscape architecture classrooms, computer laboratories, research centers, and faculty and graduate offices are now located on the seventh and eighth floors of the downtown space.

Douglas Johnston, head of the Department of Landscape Architecture, said: “I think students are eager to come back here, and the new location provides a different perspective.”

Johnston said that being in the city center "will bring students closer to the location they are studying." "We will do a lot of outdoor teaching and travel."

Johnston said that students in Los Angeles will have the best of both worlds. He pointed out, "Students will have close contact with the I-81 project, Onondaga River, the history and urban development of Syracuse, and have all the resources of ESF."

Due to epidemic restrictions, most of the classes this semester are online, but students and faculty unions interact in the new space based on blocking and social distancing agreements. Students, faculty and staff have parking lots nearby and can take the SUNY Upstate Medical shuttle bus, which runs from The Hill to the downtown buildings near Upstate.

Marshall Hall (Marshall Hall) was built in 1933.

Rex Jardin, assistant director of facility planning, design and construction, said: "It has good bones, some exquisite finishes, and has beautiful history and historical features, but it does not serve academia. "The classroom is outdated, and the sturdy terracotta walls make phone and network wiring difficult." The building also needs to be renovated to meet ADA and other standards.

After completion, Marshall Hall will include studio space, which can be configured as flexible classrooms to meet different needs and multiple meeting rooms of different sizes. The Marshall Auditorium will be transformed into a mixed classroom. The front of the auditorium will be improved with high-quality auditorium chairs and tablet armrests for laptops and laptops, while the back half of the room will have space for tables and chairs. event. The second elevator at the west end of the building and the bridge connecting the second floor of the building to Bray Hall Hill will greatly improve the accessibility of the building.

Giardine said that iconic architectural features such as the spiral staircase and main entrance will be retained.

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