OSWEGO — Architects working with SUNY Oswego on the 2011-13 exterior renewal of century-old Sheldon Hall 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 the college’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 award was presented in October at the professional organization’s annual Design Conference in Saratoga Springs.
The Sheldon Hall exterior renewal project put the college’s Old Main, which opened in 1913, on course for its next 100 years.
The building remained fully occupied as contractors restored the cupola and replaced its four long-missing clocks, updated lighting with a new LED and linear-halide system, rebuilt the parapets, replaced the granite steps and the 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.