Finger Lakes Community College: Geneva Campus Center

Higher Education Site Redevelopment, Renovation and Addition

Balzer and Tuck was selected as the design architect for the extensive renovation and redevelopment of a 1920s and ‘60s high school into a modern college academic facility. The transformative project, with a 19,000-square-foot renovation and an 18,000-square foot addition, gives the growing community college a permanent home in this satellite location and the opportunity to expand enrollment.

Key Challenges and Solutions

  • The original 1923 building was removed, along with one wing of the 1965 building.
  • The new addition was arranged around the 1923 entrance vestibule and constructed where that building once stood. The design captured an element of the site’s history along with several cast stone medallions from the original building that were incorporated into a new site wall.
  • To support the expanded programming and student curriculum, new classrooms and a new biology lab were added as well as new faculty offices, a conference room, and student service offices. The 1965 classroom wing of the school was converted into new, upgraded classrooms, computer labs, a classroom for the Certified Nursing Assistant program and labs and offices for the County’s EMS training program.
  • The new entrance vestibule was set up on an axis through the new building, running northwest to southeast. The axis was capped at the opposite end with a new entrance vestibule from the parking lot and is flanked by two 16-foot-tall splayed stone clad walls that bisect the new building.
  • The interior of the original entrance vestibule was converted into an intimate study nook that is flooded with natural light from clerestory windows.


2018 Award of Merit from AIA Eastern New York
Design Architect: Balzer and Tuck
Executive Architect and Architect of Record: Robert Zilch Architect
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