Center for History and Culture

Pathfinder provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering for the renovation of the former Tompkins Trust Company on The Commons to house interpretive exhibits from local arts and cultures organizations. The building also includes a visitor information center, and office areas the Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Wharton Studio Museum, Dorothy Cotton Institute, the Christopherson Center and The Community Arts Partnership.

Project scope included 10,800 sq. ft. of main floor lobby, exhibits, visitor’s center, program spaces, archives, services, and staff offices. It also included approximately 4,700 sq. ft. of additional staff and storage spaces to undergo minor alterations on the second and third floors and 4,100 sq. ft. of renovations in the basement. Pathfinder’s design services included converting 2,700 sq. ft. of existing basement storage and office space to climate controlled archives for the historical collections.

Construction for the $3.7 million project began in May 2018 and the Center opened in 2019.


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