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Bill & Melinda Gates Hall - the new home for the Faculty of Computing and Information Science

The Information Science Department is located in Bill & Melinda Gates Hall. Offices, labs, and meeting spaces for Information Science faculty, staff and students are located on the second floor, with student services offices on the first floor. Please see our Directory to find specific office locations. 

Construction on Bill & Melinda Gates Hall began in March 2012 and was accelerated in order to finish the building by December 2013 so that the Information Science department, which was housed off-campus, could move in by January 2014. Thom Mayne, founder and design director of the New York- and Los Angeles-based architecture firm Morphosis and winner of the 2005 Pritzker Prize in architecture, was the lead architect.

The new building has brought the departments of Computer Science and Information Science together in one facility for the first time. 

"Shared space to facilitate interactions between these two departments remains highly important to their continued success," according to the proposal presented to the trustees.

The building provides space for new faculty and for the emerging Ph.D. and Masters programs, and frees up space for the College of Engineering when computer science faculty members move out of Upson Hall. More than one-third of the building consists of research and teaching labs, including specialized labs for cyber security, human-computer interaction, computational sustainability, robotics and computer vision.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave the university $25 million in January 2006 to support the construction of a signature building for computing and information science. The entire project was funded without any external debt, using other funds already in-hand and additional fund-raising, according to former CIS Dean Dan Huttenlocher.

You can read more about the opening of Gates Hall in January of 2014 in the Cornell Chronicle article here