ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) -- After being delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic for over two years, Cornell University held its rededication and ribbon cutting ceremony for Martha Van Rensselaer Hall Friday.

The academic building, built more than 90 years ago, was the center of a 20-year redesign project which was completely gutted on the inside.

"The inside was, pretty much, totally demolished and... new everything was put in," said Alan Mathios, former dean of the College of Human Ecology

The renovations were used as a teaching tool for the students who took classes in the building, taking input from them and even letting them fill out paperwork for certifications and applications.

"It's a lot of input from faculty, from students, the a whole renovation project. So, it was really a great teaching tool," Mathios said.

Donors, alumni and students all gathered for the ceremony.

"Now, we are able to have our... thank the folks from New York State who funded it and have some of our alumni back to officially cut the ribbon," said Rachel Dunifon, dean of the College of Human Ecology.

The total renovations for the 20-year long project cost over $100 million.