As they enter the Houghton House grounds, visitors are usually surprised by the contemporary design of the Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Center. With an exterior unlike any other on the Hobart and William Smith campus, the modern architecture of the 14,600-square-foot area – the newest academic building on campus — provides students with a space that is as artistic and inventive as the work they create inside. It is because of the building’s ingenious modern design that the Central New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects awarded the facility its highest honor, the “Design Award.”
Rick Tice and Chris Button, of Buildings and Grounds, were recently notified of the honor. “This is a great acknowledgement of the careful, intentional design process that took place, said Tice, project manager. “It is very flattering that our efforts have been noticed.
The judging panel noted that the Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Center is “a contemporary design for an eclectic college campus. The building is successful in its use of materials inside and out. Simple massing and clarity in its floor plan are carried through in its detailing. The Center was made possible through the generosity of Trustee Katherine D. Elliott ’66, who has a passion for the arts.
QPK Design, the Syracuse-based architectural firm retained for the project, considered the Elliott Center to be a well-executed building, with extremely attractive results, and entered it into the annual AIA competition.
“The new, modern Elliott Center is striking, said Button, senior project manager. “We hold so tightly to our heritage and this building is a new interpretation of that heritage. Katherine Elliott’s gift was transformative and the results are visionary.
Elliott’s charitable contribution represents the largest single donation by a William Smith alumna.