Colgate University Ho Science Center

Hamilton, NY
Client:  Colgate University
Architect:  Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott

Project Description:

The 121,000 gross square foot interdisciplinary science center is designed to enhance the sciences, encourage multidisciplinary fields of study, teach students collaborative learning, and recognize the importance of community outreach.  It houses the environmental studies, geography, geology, and physics and astronomy departments and programs, and part of the biology department.

Facilities include 40 research labs, 45 faculty offices, 13 teaching labs, seven classrooms, a 90-seat lecture hall/auditorium, and museum. It also features the Ho Tung Visualization Lab, a greenhouse, 10 walk-in environmental chambers, a cold room, dark rooms, and a radioactivity lab.

The technology sets a new standard for classrooms at Colgate incorporating a ubiquitous wireless network, the latest multimedia presentation options and central server monitoring and control.


  • System Design
  • Architectural Design Support
  • Implementation Oversight


  • Structured Cabling
  • Distance Learning
  • Videoconferencing
  • Audiovisual Presentation


  • Home of a 3-D 55-seat visualization lab that promotes exploration.
  • Enables students to acquire the skills to access and evaluate scholarly format in a variety of media
  • Technology set a new standard for classrooms with a ubiquitous wireless network.