Alfred Facility, NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University

Renovation, New Facility

The project replaced the outdoor kiln structures for the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. The college’s MFA program in Ceramic Art has a distinguished history as a premier institution for education in the art and today, is ranked number one by U.S. News and World Report.

The existing area consisted of a group of several metal and wood constructed sheds with varying floor elevations within a tight footprint, bordered by a creek bank, parking lot and Harder Hall. Accommodations for existing equipment in the new facility included 6 gas-fired downdraft soda/salt kilns, a single-chamber wood-fired kiln, a double-chamber wood-fired salt kiln and a Raku gas-fired kiln with room for expansion

Due to the caustic atmosphere created by the salt kilns, a heavy timber structure was designed for the new facility. A clerestory and slatted walls allow daylight to enter the building while protecting the year-round use of the kilns from harsh weather. Coiling doors allow for wood delivery and an outdoor secure, covered storage area accommodates glass cullet and surplus firebrick storage.

"Bell & Spina's impeccable credentials as exterior envelope specialists, steadfast attention to detail and unparalleled concern for a quality project, set them apart from other architectural firms."

— Jan June, Director of Facilities at Finger Lakes Community College