Center for Science and Engineering Becomes Second LEED® Gold Building in SUNY Orange Stable

PHOTO: Rowley CenterMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- SUNY Orange has learned that the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering, the classroom and laboratory building that opened on its Middletown campus in August 2014, has received LEED® Gold Certification by the United States Green Building Council.

The Rowley Center--now concluding its third semester as the high-tech home of the College’s STEM-related programs in architectural technology, biology, engineering science and the natural sciences--becomes the second SUNY Orange building to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification, joining Kaplan Hall on the College’s Newburgh campus.

At the time its certification was announced in 2013, Kaplan Hall became the first building--public or private--in Orange County to earn LEED® Gold accolades.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), as described by the U.S. Green Building Council, is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across several key metrics: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

“This certification is the result of the efforts of many, many people. I commend those who first envisioned the concept of a science center on the Middletown campus, the architects who turned those visions into a breathtaking and educationally relevant design, and the many men and women who labored to construct this outstanding structure,” said Dr. Kristine Young, SUNY Orange president. “I also want to thank those College faculty and staff members who spent so many hours attending to each detail of this building. We knew the Rowley Center would have a positive impact upon our environment and our campus, but it’s most enduring influence remains the first-class teaching and learning environment it provides to our students and faculty on a daily basis.”

Tenée Casaccio, AIA, president of JMZ Architects and Planners, the firm that designed the building, said, “The Rowley Center is a shining example of the commitment the County and College have made to providing students with state-of-the-art facilities that are sensitive to the environment. We are very proud of our work together over the past decade.”

The Rowley Center is a sprawling four-story, 95,000-square-foot building that houses 18 state-of-the-art learning laboratories as well as classrooms, small lecture rooms, a tutorial and study center, an architecture studio, faculty offices, computer laboratories, the Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum (for College and community events), conference rooms and a cafe. The upper floors deliver breathtaking views of the 37-acre Middletown campus and the nearby Middletown skyline.

The building employs a host of green building strategies, including a vegetated roof to minimize rain-water runoff, an underground storm water cistern, bio-retention areas, water efficient plumbing fixtures, energy efficient HVAC systems, photovoltaic panels, and daylight harvesting.

More than 40 percent of the construction materials contained in the building are recycled or were produced locally. More than 98 percent of the waste generated in the construction of the Rowley Center was recycled or salvaged. In addition, the College has received a $235,000 grant from The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in recognition of the building’s energy efficient design and for achieving LEED certification.

The Rowley Center itself is also a learning laboratory as the electrical, heating, cooling, and plumbing systems were all designed so that they can be examined by students in conjunction with classroom learning. Additionally, a first-floor monitor displays, in real time, the electrical energy generated from the rooftop photovoltaic panels.

To complete the Rowley Center design and construction, the County, College and JMZ partnered with Huston Engineering, Trowbridge Wolf Michaels Landscape Architects, Pietrzak & Pfau Civil Engineers, Schoder Rivers Associates structural engineers Holt Construction and a wide array of local contractors, unions and suppliers.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940