Link Hall Special Collections Research Center

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long multi-floor building with windows and brick

Link Hall, SU Photo & Imaging RS 8794

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Ground Broken: March 1968

Opened: April 1970

Dedicated: October 16, 1970

Dedication Speaker: Charles C. Johnson, Jr., administrator of Environmental Health Service, Department of Health, Education and Welfare

Named for: Edwin Albert Link, founder of Link Aviation and inventor of Link Flight Trainer and simulators used to train military and commercial pilots

Cost: $6 million

Funding: Donation from Edwin Albert Link and his wife Marian Clayton Link, alumnae and trustee of SU

Funding: National Science Foundation, $607,000; Department of Health, Education and Welfare (title I) $470,876 and (title II) $945,642

Materials: reinforced concrete with red brick and limestone trim

Contractor: JGA Construction Company

Architect: King & King, Syracuse

Location: Quad, next to Slocum Hall

Space: 102,594 square feet

Renovation: 2000

Architect for Renovation: Mike Wolniak, Class of 1978

Cost of Renovation: $4.5 million

Addition of Link+: 2008

Dedication: April 25, 2008

Cost: $10.1 million

Funding: New York State, $6 million

Space: 10,164 square feet

Architect: Toshiko Mori Architects, New York, NY

Notes: Originally named the Edwin A. Link Hall of Engineering. Built with six levels, two underground and four above. The basement and sub-basement were previously completed in 1954 during construction of William Lawyer Hinds Hall, then called Engineering building #1. At its dedication, Link Hall was the largest building on campus prior to the completion of Bird Library. The 2000 renovation created a new suite of state-of-the-art laboratories for environmental research on the fourth floor. The Link+ addition added five stories onto the north side of the building which housed research labs for both the engineering college and the Center of Excellence in Environmental and Engineering Systems. The addition included "green" elements such as natural daylight in the offices and carpeting of recycled materials. It also connected Link Hall to Slocum Hall.