Binghamton University earns LEED Silver Certification for its University Downtown Center
The Binghamton University Downtown Center (UDC) has been certified at the LEED Silver level by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This is the first “green building” in downtown Binghamton.
Home to the College of Community and Public Affairs, the $29 million UDC was designed by HOLT Architects, working with the University’s Physical Facilities staff and a campus planning committee. LeChase Construction Services, Inc. of Rochester served as the construction manager. In addition to the LEED Silver certification, the UDC has been honored for its design by the American Institute of Architects Southern New York Chapter (AIASNY).
Opened in August 2007, the UDC has met requirements under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system designed by the USGBC to encourage and facilitate the development of more sustainable buildings.
A nationally recognized standard set by the USGBC for designing, constructing and operating energy-efficient, high-performance buildings, LEED certification serves to protect and save precious natural resources while also making good economic sense. LEED also verifies environmental performance, occupant health and financial return.
“We’re proud of this recognition and will continue our commitment to protect our environment and conserve natural resources in future building projects,” said President Lois B. DeFleur. “All new building or major renovation projects will be built to at least LEED Silver standards or the equivalent including our current construction projects for Science 5, the Engineering and Science Building and the East Campus Housing project.”
To attain silver certification, the UDC was designed to take maximum advantage of the site, according to project architect Steve Hugo, AIA, of HOLT Architects, P.C. of Ithaca. ”We use many strategies that people can’t necessarily see that translate into a building that’s really energy efficient, pleasing to the eye and functional, all at the same time,” said Hugo.
As a result of efforts to use recycled materials and divert debris from the landfill, 11 percent of the building materials used for the UDC came from recycled sources, 16.5 percent of materials were sourced from the region and 262 tons of waste was kept out of the landfill.
In November 2007, Binghamton University’s first buildings to attain LEED certification were recognized when Cascade and Windham residence halls in the Mountainview College residential community became the first residential facilities in the SUNY system to meet LEED standards.