Catherine Commons

350-Unit Apartment Complex, Ithaca, NY


MEP/FP, Structural

Completed 2022

260,000 SF


IPD Engineering

ikon.5 architects

Trowbridge Wolf Michaels Landscape Architects

Catherine Commons is a massive Student Housing Complex in Ithaca, NY with four buildings and approximately 350 living units. The MEP and fire protection designs had to not only accommodate the building’s large size and complex structure but be able to supply sufficient infrastructure without interfering with other systems or architectural and interior design. 

One of the biggest challenges was ensuring that the electrical systems were able to carry enough power to support the mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, and security systems that needed to be put in place. IPD’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design teams worked closely with each other, the rest of the project team, and the client to ensure that the building worked efficiently and reliably. 

Our electrical team designed power, lighting, telecommunications, fire alarms, emergency power, and a multitude of high-end technology and advanced security and safety systems. One such system allows residents to access their units through their cell phones as opposed to keys or card systems.