Colgate University

Olin Hall Renovation and Addition

The 14,000-sf addition to Olin Hall will create a new building entry, student collaboration and office expansion, while the 91,000-sf interior renovation will revitalize the 50-year-old structure to enhance faculty-student cross collaboration, address evolutions in science education and achieve sustainable initiatives.

The three-story building is home to both the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Department of Biology. The renovation includes teaching labs and research labs that engage undergraduates in graduate level research spanning human brain imaging, cognitive science, cell, RNA and women’s biology, molecular genomics, neuro-psychology and molecular/genomics. The building also includes a 4,900-sf vivarium renovation.

Critical to the project planning is a phasing plan to address temporary housing research for the animals during construction. The renovated vivarium will address behavioral sensitivities and wild caught specimens to better serve the housed animals.

Once completed, Olin Hall will be a more welcoming, open and efficient space for teaching and collaboration. It also will provide opportunities to showcase the important research happening within the building.


Hamilton, New York


105,000 GSF


Laboratory programming, planning and design


Robert A.M. Stern Architects