CannonDesign is proud to share that SUNY Buffalo State Science Building Phase II has officially achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. The leading benchmark in green building, LEED positively evaluated the renovated science facility across key criteria related to sustainability including materials used, energy use and water efficiency.
“The overall strategy for Phase II was placing all of the offices and administrative functions into the renovated portion in order to most efficiently manage the larger energy users such as laboratories and classrooms,” says Frank Sica, AIA, project manager. “We utilized multiple avenues to achieve certification such as daylighting, water efficiencies and responsible materials.”
SUNY Buffalo State’s new science building boldly asserts the beauty and harmony of science by promoting design excellence and interdisciplinary learning. The state-of-the-art facility will boost SUNY Buffalo State’s ability to recruit and retain top students and faculty in its growing science curriculum.
Built in 1962, the original building had become inadequate to house the college’s science program. Rather than merely rehabilitating the existing 171,000 sf building, the college undertook a multi-phased expansion project to create a science complex designed for interdisciplinary collaboration—one that consolidates science departments into a single facility, establishing a hub for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum.