HGA-Designed Rowing Center at Cornell University Supports Competitive Crew Training

12.16.11

The Cornell University Rowing teams have been on a winning streak recently. Since 2006, the men's lightweight crew has won three IRA (Intercollegiate Rowing Association) national championship crowns while the men's heavyweight and women's teams have medaled at national regattas and continued to improve their competitive standing.

Now the teams have an expanded Rowing Center to match their athletic gains.

Designed by HGA Architects and Engineers (HGA), Cornell's updated Rowing Center overlooking Lake Cayuga in Ithaca, New York, repositions two existing boathouses into an advanced training facility that competes with the best in the nation.

"For years, Cornell occupied two outdated boathouses that didn't adequately meet the needs of their growing teams," said d'Andre Willis, AIA, principal and project manager who specializes in waterfront sports and recreational facilities with HGA. "College sports have grown more competitive over the years with athletes training more rigorously. The new facility enables effective year-round training while balancing the programming between the original men's and women's boathouses. In addition, the Rowing Center helps promote a stronger sense of community and sportsmanship through shared spaces that encourage group gatherings and celebrations."