As SUNY grows its enrollment and strengthens its role in local, regional, and global economies, it is important to recognize the costs associated with increasing our impact, like the need to maintain strong infrastructure. This support ensures that the growth is sustainable in the long-run and increases the benefits to existing programs, people, and systems.
To continually develop SUNY most efficiently, the SUNY Construction Fund was established. Celebrating 50 years this year, the office’s main mission is to renovate existing buildings and ensure that all new buildings meet sustainability standards (LEED certified, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
As hundreds of thousands of students return to campus this month to begin another exciting semester of college, many will have the opportunity to explore new facilities, like residence halls, athletic facilities, and academic buildings.
See a few examples of what you may expect to see on your SUNY campus this fall and in the near future after the jump!
William R. Greiner Hall, UB’s newest residence hall (housing mostly sophomores), provides a glimpse at the future direction buildings at UB will be modeled upon. The building, which debuted in August 2011, is the first of several state-of-the-art structures that have opened or will open on campus over a two-year period.
UB’s recent burst of new on-campus construction has already been nationally noticed — Greiner Hall earned a gold rating under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification system. Continue reading →
Design concept produced by Rafael Vinoly Architects with Foit-Albert Associates.
The award winning design concept produced by HOK that will be used to produce the final design for the new UB medical school in downtown Buffalo.
HOK brings an impressive and deep portfolio in health sciences complexes. The firm designed the acclaimed King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia and the Francis Crick Institute’s cardiovascular and cancer research center in central London, which will be the largest center for biomedical research and innovation in Europe.
Because of UB’s sustainability and climate-impact reduction goals, HOK’s green-design credentials influenced its selection: UB has set a goal of LEED Gold for the new medical school building. LEED is a sustainability ratings system created by the U.S. Green Building Council.
HOK has been repeatedly ranked the “top green design firm” by Engineering News-Record, while KAUST was certified in 2009 as the world’s largest LEED Platinum project. Continue reading →
UB celebrated the opening of The Solar Strand, its newest sustainability initiative, on Monday, April 23, 2012. Funded by the New York Power Authority and designed by renowned landscape architect Walter Hood, The Solar Strand comprises 3,200 panels stretching for a quarter mile along Flint Road on the North Campus.
The strand’s significance lies in the fact that it merges sustainability with technology, beauty and public engagement. In coming years, the array and surrounding landscape will serve as a classroom and research site for undergraduates and a field trip destination for K-12 pupils.
The installation, a work of landscape art and a gateway to the university, has a maximum rated capacity of 750 kilowatts—enough to power hundreds of student apartments, or even William R. Greiner Hall, SUNY’s first LEED gold-designed student residence hall. The building is packed with such green features as high-efficiency lighting, low-flow faucets and laundry-room counters made from recycled Tide bottles.
Adding about 125,000 square feet to Binghamton’s Innovative
Technologies Complex (ITC), the new building features state-of-the-art, flexible student and research laboratory space, as well as suites for new business start-ups and offices that support the University’s ongoing and expanding industry partnerships. Continue reading →