Completed in 1984 to house Cornell's geological sciences, the building was named to honor William E. Snee and his family, who provided funds for construction.
Designed in the early 1980s by the late Mario Schack, (a former professor in Cornell's College of Architecture, Art,and Planning), Snee Hall is distinguished by a four-story-high atrium that fills with space and light from a ceiling of glass. The Snee atrium houses a number of fascinating displays including the Timothy N. Heasley Mineralogical Museum, dinosaur footprints, a life-size plesiosaur cast, fossils from the Paleontological Research Institution that range from trilobites to mastodon tusks, a large working model of sediment transport by water flow, and a continuously operating seismograph station that records earthquakes.
The EAS atmospheric science program offices and classrooms are on the 11th floor of Bradfield Hall. Facilities include state-of-the-art computer workstations for students, a computer teaching laboratory, and Northeast Regional Climate Center.
The Bradfield/Emerson complex was completed in 1969 by Ulrich Franzen Associates of New York at an original construction cost of $6.2 million. Bradfield Hall was named after Professor Emeritus Richard Bradfield, an internationally recognized soils and crops specialist.
Standing eleven stories high, Bradfield remains the tallest building on campus. Most of its laboratories are climate-controlled, so the majority of the building was designed without windows. however, the windows of the 11th floor provide spectacular views of Cornell's campus and the Cayuga Lake valley.