The Office of Facilities Service continues the tradition of The Building Service established upon occupancy MVR Hall in 1933 and fulfills the mission of oversight of building maintenance and operations, management of facilities enhancement projects, and protection of the life, property, and research of the College.

IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY THREATENING CORNELL PROPERTY OR RESEARCH, please contact Facility Services Customer Service at 5-5322. FSCS will dispatch Cornell facilities support personnel and contact the CHE Facilities Team.

IN THE EVENT OF A LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY, please contact 911 immediately. Please place a secondary call to CHE Facilities.

Office of Facilities Service | SB50 MVR Hall | Phone: 607.255.2200 | Fax: 607.254.8829 | Email:

Facilities Staff

Kristine Mahoney, Director, Facilities and Operations
Phone: 607-255-6128

Office Phone for other staff: | 607.255.2200

Jeff Surine, Facilities Coordinator

Lance Streeter, Facilities Coordinator

Albert Armstrong, Facilities Coordinator

Peggy Emerson, Facilities Coordinator

Ryan Graves, Facilities Coordinator

Catherine Carlson, Facilities Coordinator

Michael Johnson, Facilities Coordinator


Building Care supports Cornell's academic, research, and public service mission by providing quality and cost effective custodial maintenance services in all academic buildings. The Department strives to maintain a clean, attractive, healthy, and safe environment for all faculty, staff, and students.

Martha Van Rensselaer Hall

Martha Van Rensselaer Hall 

Savage Hall and Kinzelberg Hall

Savage Hall and Kinzelberg Hall

Human Ecology Building

Human Ecology Building

The HEB Commons

The HEB Commons

Forest Home parking garage entrance

Forest Home Parking Garage

Albert R. Mann Library

Albert R. Mann Library



The Martha Van Rensselaer Hall Complex is the heart of the College of Human Ecology. Named in honor of Martha Van Rensselaer a pioneer and extension leader in the field of home economics and founder and original co-director of the College of Home Economics, MVR Hall is registered with the New York State National Registers of Historic Places.  Totaling 327,725 square feet, MVR provides the College with auditoriums, classrooms, seminar rooms, distance learning rooms, student computing facilities, design studios, faculty offices, laboratories, and other specialized research facilities, as well as housing the College administration. History Designed and constructed as home to the College of Home Economic, the original 199,753 sf of MVR hall was built in 1931-33 with state appropriations of just under $1 million. Design was performed by William Haugaard of the NY State Dormitory Authority.  At time of occupancy, the original ’33 building provided the College with an Auditorium, a tea room and cafeteria, a reading room, a costume shop, teaching kitchen, gallery, nursery, and student housing. Today, many of these same elements exist in the College in much the same way as originally designed. In 1968, a 87,307 sf addition designed by Ulrich Franzen was added to the north side MVR Hall. This addition provided much needed faculty research and student studio and laboratory spaces to the College. Unfortunately, North MVR was closed in 2001 due to structural deficiencies. This building was demolished in 2005.  In 2001, a 40,665 sf addition designed by HOLT Architects was added to the west of MVR to provide state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities of the College. The West Addition provides the College with two 135 seat auditoriums, a 50 person distance learning room, one 30 and one 50 seat electronic classrooms, a 35 seat CAD instruction lab, and houses the Frances A. Johnston and Charlotte M. Young Human Metabolic Research Unit.

A Hub for Science and Design

The 89,000-square-foot Human Ecology Building, HEB, provides high-tech research laboratories, versatile, multi-purpose classrooms, studios for drawing, design, and fabrication, a spacious gallery to display student and faculty works, and community spaces and seminar rooms for collaborative projects.

The Human Ecology Building, HEB, is intended to support the interdisciplinary, translational research central to the mission of the College of Human Ecology, as well as provide cutting-edge facilities and equipment for teaching and outreach. The HEB's open floor plan and strategic design invite faculty, students, and staff to reach across disciplines to work on common issues related to the human condition.

The HEB opened in August 2011 for instruction and research and was officially dedicated on Oct. 20, 2011, with a LEED Platinum certification.

Take the self-guided building tour.***
Named spaces in HEB.


Savage and Kinzelberg Halls are home to the Division of Nutritional Sciences. They house lecture halls, faculty offices, research laboratories and other relevant facilities.


Savage Hall was, at the time of dedication, the only building on any campus anywhere financed by farmers. Constructed by Barr & Lane Inc in 1945-48 and funded in part by a grant from the director of the Cooperative Grange League Federation Inc. and in part by a grant from the Dairymen’s League, Inc. milk producers cooperative, the 33,695 sf structure was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to support the mission of the newly formed School of Nutrition: to advance the cause of nutrition through integrated studies of food supply and human needs. Named in honor of Elmer Seth Savage [PhD‘11] a 35 year professor and pioneer in the field of nutrition at Cornell, Savage Hall contained: faculty offices, a conference room furnished by and for the use of farm organizations throughout the state, a seminar room, small reference library, 67 seat lecture hall, 104 seat auditorium, testing and research laboratories, refrigerated rooms, storerooms. In 1988, a 40,450 sf research addition designed by King & King Architects was added to the north side of Savage Hall. Kinzelberg Hall, named in honor of Harvey Kinzelberg, a member of the Cornell Board of Trustees, houses the faculty and student research laboratories of the Division.

Facts and Figures

Savage Hall spans an area of 33,695 sq ft over five-stories and is sited directly north of Bailey Hall. It funnels pedestrians circulating under Clark Hall to the Ag Quad. It stands just south of Newman Lab, designed by the same architects. As initially designed, Savage Hall has a U-shape. It has a central section of five stories with two shorter end pieces of two stories. The shorter ends protrude slightly and the top floor has windows puncturing the otherwise solid brick facade. the taller central piece has uniform windows patterning the face. These windows are grouped vertically by smooth line-stone frames. The fifth story is a band of ribbed metal. In 1988 an addition the length of the original building was added to the north-east end, designed by King and King. The two-story addition is patterned with square windows. Rising from the top are fume-hood exhaust pipes.


Designed and constructed as the College's "livingroom", the HEB Commons is the heart of the College of Human Ecology.

This 5,700-foot space connects the Human Ecology Building and Martha Van Rensselaer Hall, providing a large gathering venue for students, faculty and staff. The Commons features soaring ceilings, student-designed chandeliers and a ten-panel video wall. The space includes a wall of doors that open onto the Human Ecology Commons Terrace Courtyard. It also connected to the Barbara A. Gross '55 and Norman Gross LLB '53 Terrace Plaza, serving as a convenient route for foot traffic to and from North Campus and the Forest Home parking garage. You must reserve this space in conjunction with the Human Ecology Commons Courtyard.  

Capacity: TBD***

Audio-visual Capabilities: 10-panel media display wall, full audio system and ceiling mounts for a projector and screen (must be leased separately).

How to reserve this space

This space may be reserved for events and meetings. Please review the guidelines and then complete a reservation request

This parking garage is built underneath the HEB and is free & open to the public AFTER 5:00 PM MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AND ON WEEKENDS. Parking during business hours requires a permit. 

One of the 19 unit libraries in the Cornell University Library system, Mann Library has the specific focus of supporting the mission and programs of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Human Ecology.