Bradfield Hall was completed in 1969 by Ulrich Franzen Associates of New York. It was named after Professor Emeritus Richard Bradfield, an internationally recognized soils and crops specialist. Original construction costs for the entire Bradfield/Emerson Hall complex were $6.2 million.
At 11 stories, Bradfied Hall is the tallest building in Tompkins County. Since most of the laboratories in Bradfield are climate-controlled, the building was designed without windows on the first ten floors. The top floor houses Atmospheric Sciences and the Northeast Regional Climate Center.
The building was designed for teaching and advanced agricultural research in soils, crop sciences, and genetics.