Noteworthy: Breazzano Center recognized in 2017 City of Ithaca Pride of Ownership Awards

By: Erica Ellis


The Breazzano Family Center for Business Education is one of the recipients of the 20th Annual City of Ithaca Pride of Ownership awards. These awards recognize Ithaca property owners who have developed projects or taken care of their properties in ways that enhance the physical appearance of city neighborhoods and commercial areas. The program is a joint project of the Ithaca Rotary Club and the City of Ithaca.

According to an article in The Ithaca Voice, the Breazzano Center was selected for recognition because it “stands as a fine example of a modern building that honors both its materials and its site.” The selection committee said the building, with its 50-year lease signed by Cornell University for SC Johnson College of Business, is sure to play an important role in revitalizing the area.

Key Takeaways about the Breazzano Family Center for Business Education:

  • The Breazzano Family Center for Business Education is a state-of-the-art, six-story teaching- and learning-building located at 209–215 Dryden Road in Collegetown.
  • It encompasses 76,000-square-feet, containing classrooms for 450 students, three floors of administrative offices, two high-definition broadcasting studios, and 19 breakout rooms. A multi-story atrium provides a centralized gathering area, designed to accommodate a variety of events.
  • Developers John Novarr and Philip Proujansky, along with ikon.5 architects, are credited with creating a contemporary building that facilitates “a relationship with the smaller scale of adjacent buildings.
  • The outside patterning, designed with a “rhythmic arrangement of angled and straight projecting mullion-fins,” serves to reduce the scale of the building and the setback upper floors along Linden Avenue, which are of dark metal, differentiate upper from lower.
  • During the planning board review process, the Breazzano Center was one of the rare projects to make it through without major opposition.

Read the article in The Ithaca Voice to learn more about the 2017 City of Ithaca Pride of Ownership Awards and this year’s other recipients.