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Kemeny Hall and Haldeman Center

Kemeny Hall and Haldeman Center


Project at a Glance

Type of Project


Academic Building & Centers Building

Gross Square Footage:


93,975 gsf

Construction Cost:



Start of construction:


November 2004



September & October 2006



Moore, Ruble, Yudell and Bruner/Cott

Construction Manager:


Daniel O'Connell's Sons


With the completion of Kemeny Hall, the Mathematics Department has reunited under one roof after 25 years of occupying three separate buildings. Their new space features:

  • 20 tenure-track offices
  • 3 emeriti offices
  • 16 research faculty and staff offices
  • 12 graduate students offices, accommodating 24 students
  • 6 smart classrooms (accommodating 24 - 110 people)
  • 9 new labs

The Haldeman Center houses the Ethics Institute, the Leslie Humanities Center, and the Dickey Center for International Understanding in one space of approximately 30,000 gross square feet. The centers enliven the intellectual life of the campus with speakers, conferences and programs. Located across the street from the Rockefeller Center, the Haldeman Center will increase the visibility of the exciting work of the centers and encourage collaboration among centers.

The Dickey Center is located on both the first and third floors of Haldeman, and provides the following spaces:

  • 25 offices for Center administration, visiting fellows, and student assistants
  • 2 25-person seminar rooms
  • Lounge
  • Reception areas on both floors
  • Library and conference room
  • Kitchen
  • Storage and supply rooms

The Leslie Center for the Humanities is located primarily on the second floor, with additional space on the third floor, and provides:

  • 11 offices for administration and visiting fellows
  • One 25-person seminar room
  • Lounge
  • Kitchen
  • Computer work room
  • Reception area
  • Storage and supply rooms

The Ethics Institute is located on the second floor, and has:

  • 6 offices for center administration and visiting faculty
  • Conference room and library
  • Reception area
  • Storage and supply rooms

All three centers share 3 more rooms:

  • Lobby/display gallery on the first floor
  • 75-100-person conference room on the ground floor
  • Multimedia conference room for 15-20 people, also on the ground floor

Kemeny/Haldeman was built with the goal of attaining U.S. Green Building Council LEED Silver certification for sustainable design. To accomplish that goal, the building features:

  • High-performance building envelope comprised of triple-glazed windows and highly efficient spray-foam insulation
  • Valence and chilled beam heating and cooling technologies
  • Enthalpy heat recovery
  • Variable frequency drives and direct digital controls for heating and cooling systems
  • Fully commissioned mechanical systems

The exterior features a graceful combination of brick, painted brick, stone, and copper that allows this new building to sit harmoniously with the surrounding buildings, while at the same time highlighting non-traditional design features (such as the brick sequence that illustrates the Fibonacci progression that is repeated at various points on the exterior façade).





Main Street façade, looking north.


Main Street façade, looking south.


Kemeny Hall Tower.


North façade of Kemeny, looking to the west.


Closer view of Kemeny's north façade.




Last Updated: 11/5/08