Sheldon Architecture Award
Architects for Sheldon Hall renewal win award from peers

Architects for 100-year-old Sheldon Hall’s 2011-13 exterior renewal recently earned a top design award for historic preservation from the American Institute of Architects New York State.

WASA/Studio A of New York City—working closely with SUNY Oswego’s Facilities Design and Construction office as well as State University Construction Fund representatives—won AIA New York’s Award of Excellence in Adaptive Reuse/Historic Preservation.

The two-year Sheldon Hall exterior renewal project put the college’s Old Main on course for its next century. The building remained fully occupied as contractors restored the cupola and replaced the four long-missing clocks, updated lighting with a new LED and linear-halide system, rebuilt the parapets, replaced the granite steps and iconic columns, put down a new copper roof, added fleece-reinforced waterproofing for gutters, replicated hundreds of terra cotta replacement moldings, repointed the brickwork and replaced damaged bricks, installed special-order historic replicas of the windows and much more.

“It is wonderful to have Sheldon Hall, which is so intertwined with the college’s identity, finally and fully restored,” President Deborah F. Stanley said
in the summer 2013 edition of Oswego, the college’s alumni magazine.

The AIA’s award letter to WASA/Studio A noted that architects from California, Massachusetts, New York and Washington, D.C., served on the jury for the 2014 New York Design Awards.

All winning projects in the competition will be on display Oct. 9 to 11 at the AIA New York State Design Conference in Saratoga Springs. The award presentation will take place Oct. 10.

PHOTO CAPTION: Glory recaptured—Architects from WASA/Studio A in New York City recently earned the American Institute of Architects New York State Award of Excellence in Adaptive Reuse/Historic Preservation for work on Sheldon Hall’s exterior renewal. Now poised for its next century, the college’s Old Main gleams in this April 2013 photo by SUNY Oswego photographer Jim Russell.

(Posted: Aug 22, 2014)