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Facilities Inventory: SFAAS Codes and Definitions

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Last updated: January 25, 2024

The State University Construction Fund (SUCF) requires Cornell to provide certain data elements during an annual submission process of room and facility data for Contract College occupied space.  One of the fields that Cornell submits is identified as Statewide Fixed Asset Accounting System (SFAAS) Coding.  SUCF identifies this field as “A code used in the Statewide Fixed Asset Accounting system to identify the type of building.”   SUCF provides valid entries by code and code name.

Cornell has chosen to apply this SFAAS coding to all non-Weill Cornell Medicine facilities, not just Contract College-occupied buildings, in order to provide a consistent system of identifying building types.   In order to aid in the consistent application of these codes, Cornell developed definitions and Cornell-specific examples, as identified in the following table.  

Further, Cornell has decided to use the SFAAS codes to calculate several values, including one required for an IRS Form 990.   In order to simplify the Form 990 required calculations, Cornell mapped each of the SFAAS codes to a high-level type limited to Industrial, Barn, Office, Retail, and Housing.   Cornell is identifying these high-level types as Form 990 Categories.

The Space Management Program Manager is responsible for reviewing and updating the table based on changes requested by SUCF or as required to support Cornell analysis and reporting.


Code Name

Code Definition (provided by Cornell)

Examples (provided by Cornell)


Infrastructure Misc.


Cornell not assigning SFAAS codes to infrastructure


Site Improvement Misc.


Not in use at Cornell at this time; all buildings fit into a specific type


Animal Shelter

Structure providing temporary shelter for animals

Various Run-­In Sheds



Structure for public gathering

Bailey Hall (1024); Sage Chapel (2005)



Structure for housing animals and/or storing hay, grain and other feed or commodities in support of animal housing or crop production (See Also -­‐ 1520 Stable); Also includes pavilions, pergolas, shelters and other open structures

Teaching Dairy Barn (1167); Snyd Hill Poultry Production (1747); Baker Inst Hay Storage Barn (1778), Arnot Forest Pole Barn (4316); Butler Family Pavilion (2543D); GNVA Covered Barbecue (4960B)


Boat House

Building or shed, usually built partly over water for sheltering boats

Aquaculture Boat Shelter (1013G); Collyer Boat House (2612); Shackelton Pt Boathouse (4343); Shoals Boathouse (4847L)


Boiler House

Structure to support boiler systems

GNVA Central Heating Plant (4936); LIHC Heating Plant (4813B); Central Heating Plan (5510B) [used for all heating plants regardless of method of heat production; associated support buildings are coded to 2000 Central Service]


College Classroom

Structure providing classrooms for student education; Used for buildings that have more than 10 classrooms per the 2013 campus space study which aren't otherwise identified by a more specific descriptor (See Also -­‐ 1570 Training Center)

Limited to these buildings:  Uris Hall (2087); Rockefeller Hall (2014); Goldwin Smith (2013); Statler Hall Auditorium (2033); Myron Taylor Hall (2021); Kennedy Hall (1080S); Sage Hall (3002); Vet Education Center (1163); CVM Center (1170); Milstein Hall (3802)


College Administration

Structure that primarily serves the needs of a college's administrative function, usually houses the Dean's office and related functions (See Also -­‐ 1440 Office Building)

Carpenter Hall (2042); CALS Surge Facility (1047); Roberts Hall (1080N); Schurman Hall (1150C); Ives Hall (1009)


Comfort Station

Structure with toilet and lavatory facilities for public use

Rec Club Toilet Facility (2109C); Tobin Field House (2630)



Structure for a subsidiary business or service (See Also -­‐ 1780 Restaurant; 1790 Gas Station and 1830 Retail Store)

Not currently in use at Cornell


Dining Hall

Structure providing food for campus faculty, staff and students (See Also -­‐ 1780 Restaurant)

Shackelton Pt Cafeteria (1190)




Structure housing students; Access is controlled by the Program; Students are locked out during intercession, etc.; includes program houses (See Also -­‐ 1330 House)

Mary Donlon Hall (3026); Court Residence Hall (3202); Sheldon Court (3090); Cascadilla Hall (3001); Schuyler House (2702, 2703); Flora Rose House (3035); North Campus High & Low Rises, Townhouses


Field House/Stadium

Structure for athletic events and/or dressing/storage in connection with athletic fields/events; large enough to accommodate an entire playing field/surface (See Also -­‐ 1300 Gymnasium)

Barton Hall (1001); Schoellkopf Memorial (2602B); Schoellkopf Crescent (2603B); Oxley Equestrian Center (2664); Reis Tennis Center (2667); various bleachers & dugouts


Garage, Bus

Structure that houses buses and supporting equipment/storage for buses (See Also -­‐ 1240 Garage, Parking and 1270 Garage)

East Campus Service Center (4008)


Garage, Parking

Vehicle parking garage (See Also -­‐ 1230 Garage, Bus; 1270 Garage and 1410 Machine Equipment Shed)

Hoy Rd Garage (2776); Forest Home Dr Garage (1011P)



Garage used with residential type space or of a residential scale (See Also -­‐ 1230 Garage, Bus; 1240 Garage, Parking and 1410 Machine Equipment Shed)

Note:  In order to facilitate SUNY’s use of CU data, residential-scale buildings that are not parking structures like those at Hoy Rd or Forest Home Drive and that would typically use the word “garage” in their names, instead will use “GB” (garage building).

Maple Ave 104 GB (2580A); Shackelton Pt Residence GB (4337A); Thurston GB A and GB B (3008A, 3008B)



Structure (usually glass) where temperature is maintained within a desired range for cultivating and growing plants out of season; include headhouse buildings

Tower Rd greenhouses; Caldwell Rd greenhouses; GNVA greenhouses; LIHC Headhouse 5 (4804A); Uihlein Plastic Greenhouse 1 (1540)



Structure designed and equipped for indoor sports, exercise or physical education for either humans and animals (See Also -­‐ 1210 Field House/Stadium)

Helen Newman (2616); Teagle (2611); Livestock Pavilion (1043); Friedman Strength Condtn Ctr (2631A)


Health Center

Structure where medical services are offered or a group of doctors practice

Gannett Health Services (2704)



Structure where sick or injured people or animals are given medical or surgical treatment

Large Animal Isolation (1162B); Clinical Programs Surgery (1151); Vet Medical Ctr (1164); Swanson Wildlife Health Ctr (1772)



Structure where people live; Access for residents is not limited during term with the university (See Also -­‐ 1200 Dormitory and 1880 Hostel)

Greeks, Co-­ops, graduate and family housing, apartments, some housing abroad (see also 1880 Hostel); Baker Institute Farm House (2750) & Director's House (2753); Robin Hill (2514); Reed Farm House (2549A)



An elevator that ascends an incline rather than in a vertical shaft

Not currently in use at Cornell



Structure for a collection of manuscripts, publications, books and other reading materials for viewing, listening, study, or reference

Mann Library (1027, 1027A); Uris Library (2010); Olin Library (2047); Kroch Carl A Library (2047A)


Machine Equipment Shed

Structure for storing machinery and equipment to be used on the premises (See Also -­‐ 1040 Barn; 1270 Garage; 1540 Storage Bldg and 1590 Warehouse)

Musgrave Machine Shed (4106), LAS Forklift Shed (5050Y); Farm Service Open Shed B (1085B)




Structure where works of art, scientific specimens or other objects of permanent value are kept and displayed

Johnson Museum of Art (2086); War Memorial (3013); CU Plant Pathology Herbarium (1111); Plant Breeding Seed Storage (1910B)


Office Building

Structure that primarily supports spaces where faculty, staff and students can conduct business; used for non-­college administration buildings (See Also -­‐ 1090 College Administration)

Day Hall (2026); Ives Hall East (1008); Ives Hall West (1008A); Ives Hall Faculty Wing (1003); Computing Communications Center (1016); AD White House (2006); 104 Maple Ave (2089); East Hill Plaza (2583 various); Toboggan Lodge (2605)


Police Station

Structure for police headquarters in a particular district, from which police officers are dispatched and to which persons under arrest are brought

Not currently in use at Cornell


Power Station

Structure that supports the generation and distribution of electricity

Hydro Electric Plant Intake (5311); Hydro Electric Plant Station A (5310); Shoals Utility Bldg (4847B); Kite Hill Substation (5325); Shackelton Pt Power Shed (4357)


Recreation Building

Structure that supports a pastime, diversion, exercise or other resource affording relaxation and enjoyment; at Cornell, used for those buildings that support recreation, particularly student activity centers

Willard Straight Hall (2020); Fischell Band Center (2603C); Robert Purcell Community Center (3212); Big Red Barn (2040)


Research Building

Structure that primarily supports spaces where research is conducted, especially wet laboratory research; includes smaller buildings at off-­‐ campus facilities with a primary purpose to support research (vs. field or academic support)

Weill Hall (1014); Baker Laboratory (2019); East Campus Research Facility (1165)



Structure, with permanent or fixed stalls, for housing and feeding animals (See Also -­‐ 1040 Barn)

Ruminant Nutrition Laboratory (1084A)


Storage Building

Structure for supporting the storage of various items (See Also -­‐ 1040 Barn; 1270 Garage; 1410 Machine Equipment Shed; 1520 Stable and 1590 Warehouse for more specific types of storage buildings)

Various storage sheds and storage containers; Golf Cart Storage Facility (2633A); Turkey Pole Barn (2730B)


Swimming Pool -­‐ Indoor

Structure with an indoor swimming pool and support spaces for the swimming pool (See Also -­‐ 1300 Gymnasium)

Not currently in use at Cornell



Structure for dramatic presentations, stage entertainments or motion-­‐ picture shows

Schwartz Ctr Performing Arts (2016)


Training Center

Structure that supports the education, instruction, or discipline of a person or animal that is being trained (verses educated, as in a classroom) (See Also -­‐ 1080 College Classroom)

King-­‐Shaw Hall (1007A); Merrill Family Sailing Center (2639); Arnot Forest Rustic Ed Center (4307)



Structure where large stock of items are stored for future use and distribution; may have high ceiling height, room for pallet jacks and fork trucks to maneuver, and may provide racking infrastructure, controlled/limited access, and a controlled environment (See Also -­‐ 1410 Machine Equipment Shed, 1540 Storage Building)

Cornell Warehouse (3913); Hall Rd Warehouse (3912), Cascadilla 750, University Press Warehouse (2569); Campus Store Warehouse (4007)



Structure for emphasizing the exchange of ideas and the demonstration and application of techniques, skills, etc., most specifically mechanical work

Athletics Operations (1034); Various maintenance shops, Graphic Arts Services Bldg (2048)



Structure to support machinery in which timber is sawed into planks, boards, etc.

Shackelton Pt Sawmill (4349)



Structure associated with swimming or water with facilities to support bathing (immersion) of humans (See Also -­‐ 1100 Comfort Station and 1660 Shower Bldg)

Arnot Forest Bath House (4302)


Shower Building

Structure with facilities to support showering of humans (See Also -­‐ 1100 Comfort Station and 1650 Bathhouse)

Tennis Building Cascadilla G (2614)


Pump House

Structure supporting plumbing (pumps)

State Elevated Pumphouse (253C); Musgrave Pump House (4109); Harford Pump House (1251); Arnot Forest Pump House (4313)


Visitor Information Center

Structure for providing visitors with information pertaining to the area; provides amenities for visitor comfort, such as restrooms, beverages, meeting space

Plantations Nevin Welcome Center (2444)


Police/Guard Booth

Structure for providing security, directions, etc.

Traffic booths; Plantations Information Kiosk (2598B)



Large, impressive, or stately residence (See Also -­‐ 1330 House)

Not currently in use at Cornell



Commercial Eateries (See Also -­‐ 1120 Concession, 1190 Dining Hall)

Not currently in use at Cornell


Gas Station

Structure to support the distribution of gasoline

Not currently in use at Cornell


Water/Sewer Service

Structure to support the distribution of water and sewer

Filter Plant (5210); Pleasant Grove PRV Station (5213); Water Treatment Plant Endowed (5510A); Waste Management Facility (1150G)


Radio/TV Broadcast

Structure to provide communications and news to a specific area

Radio Propagation Hanshaw Rd (2063)


Retail Store

Structure to support the sale and distribution of various items

Cornell Store (2088); Cornell Golf Center (2633); East Hill Plaza businesses (CU leased to others)



Structure to support inexpensive and supervised housing for young people on various types of trips

Nepal CNSP Female & Male Hostels (3951A, 3951B)



Structure/s supporting K-­‐12 Education, used at Cornell to include stand-­‐ alone child care facilities

Cornell Child Care Center (2116); Dart Road 59, Univ Coop Nurs (6083)



Structure to support the cleaning of clothing or linens as well as space for supplies and materials to support the laundry or cleaning functions

Shackelton Pt Laundry (4345)


Car Wash

Structure with special equipment for washing automobiles

Not currently in use at Cornell



Structure for selling food and supplies to the personnel or workers in a military post, mining camp, lumber camp, or the like (See Also -­‐ 1190 Dining Hall, 1780 Restaurant)

Not currently in use at Cornell


Central Service

Structure to support campus physical plant central services that do not fall into other more specific categories (1480 Power Station, 1710 Pump House, 1810 Water & Sewer)

Meter houses; Shoals Radar Tower (4847K); Gas Odorizer Bldg (5452)