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Transformative Renovation: Alumni Hall at SUNY Oneonta Recognized for Innovative Design

Alumni Hall at SUNY Oneonta Recognized for Innovative Design

Thaler Reilly Wilson, Architecture & Preservation, proudly announces the receipt of the 2024 AIA NYS Excelsior Award for their transformative work on the LEED Silver adaptive reuse of Alumni Hall at the State University of New York at Oneonta (SUNY Oneonta).

The project, which involved the conversion of the former campus library into a vibrant center for the School of Economics and Business, has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS) for its outstanding achievements in architecture and preservation.

"We are thrilled to receive this prestigious award, which underscores our commitment to blending history with innovation," said Dan Wilson, AIA, Founding Partner at Thaler Reilly Wilson, Architecture & Preservation. "The adaptive reuse of Alumni Hall reflects our dedication to creating sustainable, forward-thinking spaces for learning and collaboration."

Originally constructed in 1960 and later repurposed as an office building in the mid-1970s, Alumni Hall underwent a comprehensive renovation to accommodate SUNY Oneonta's evolving needs. The redesign features state-of-the-art classrooms, small-group meeting rooms, an innovation center, and a Bloomberg trading room—all integrated within the building's existing structure.

The AIANYS Excelsior Awards program recognizes excellence in publicly funded buildings, outdoor areas, and public art across New York. Thaler Reilly Wilson's Alumni Hall renovation stood out among the submissions, earning praise for its innovative adaptive reuse approach and positive impact on the SUNY Oneonta campus community.

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