Construction Highlights for Rand Hall and Mui Ho Fine Arts Library

Stacking Up!

Steel shelves under construction with two contribution workers reviewing work from a staircase/

March 25, 2019: Over the last few weeks, stairs connecting the stacks to the building were installed in addition to most of the stack lighting and the perforated metal windowsills.

Penthouse Views

View of sheetrock installed on a structure atop a roof.

February 24: Construction progresses as sheetrock is installed in the penthouse and elevator on the roof level of Rand Hall. 

Roof Canopy

View of mirrored panels along the roof edge of a brick building on a snowy day.

January 20, 2019: The installation of mirrored metal panels on the roof canopy nears completion, as seen from this view from East Avenue.

Interior Steel

Interior steel

October 8, 2018: Painting continues on the interior structural steel as the installation of steel for the new elevator shaft begins.

Mockup Window Installed

Brick building with one installed glass window and a mason in a construction bucket working above

July 20, 2018: A full mock-up window has been installed on the northern façade and can be viewed from the sidewalk on University Avenue. Progress continues on the masonry restoration and the steel erection.

Steel Columns to Be Installed Starting Tomorrow

Crane ladder with moody sky

May 2, 2018: The crane has arrived and will be mobilized to lift the new steel columns into place through the open roof space, following last week's demolition.

Roof Demolition

Room with open metal trusses and rubble on the floor

April 25, 2018: Restoration work continues on the exterior façade's north elevation as the demolition of the roof begins.

Construction Begins on Mui Ho Fine Arts Library

man in hardhat in a mini excavator pushing concrete slabs

January 25, 2018: Learn more about the project in this recently published news article.

Project Approval and Start of Construction

empty third floor of Rand Hall

The third floor of Rand Hall is now empty and waiting for construction to begin. William Staffeld / AAP

December 14, 2017: The Cornell University Board of Trustees approved the construction phase of the Rand Hall renovation on December 7. Welliver, contractor for the project, will start work immediately.

Welcome back!

September 1, 2017: The Rand Hall shops, Fine Arts Library (FAL) circulation desk and other services have moved to other locations within AAP. Full transition plans for Rand Hall and Mui Ho Fine Arts Library are located here.

Digital Fabrication

digital fabrication space showing printers and work area

Digital fabrication laser cutters and 3D printers are now located on the second floor of East Sibley Hall.

FAL Circulation Desk

The FAL circulation desk has relocated to B56 in East Sibley Hall.

Wood Shop

The Rand Hall wood shop has moved to The Foundry sculpture classroom.

Sculpture Classroom

The sculpture classroom has moved from The Foundry to Tjaden Hall room 205.


The CNC lab has moved into The Foundry annex.

Metal Working

The metalworking area is now located between The Foundry and the Kiln Shed.

Annex Space

The Rand Hall annex has relocated to the former Milstein Hall storage area, room B09.