LEED Project Showcase

LeChase has a long-standing commitment and demonstrated experience in assisting our clients with incorporating energy efficiencies and sustainable design strategy into each project.

Featured LEED Project: Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) at Rochester Institute Technology

The Golisano Institute For Sustainability (GIS) at Rochester Institute of Technology wanted a “signature building” that would serve as a living laboratory for scientific discovery and experimental learning, a place where students could focus on developing and introducing sustainable technologies for manufacturing, transportation, energy production and construction that could serve as the Western Gateway to RIT.

Under a design-build contract, SWBR Architects, FXFOWLE and LeChase Construction partnered to design and build the new 84,000 SF, four-story Golisano Institute for Sustainability. The facility contains integration laboratories and support laboratories as well as spaces for collaboration and computing to support eco-IT, sustainable products and production systems, sustainable energy, sustainable mobility and system sustainability. The Golisano Institute for Sustainability is among the first in the world to offer a Ph.D. program in sustainability.

The building itself, awarded for LEED® Platinum, is also a demonstration of sustainable technology, incorporating transparent infrastructure, a smart microgrid and a computing data center so that visitors can see firsthand the use of sustainable building technologies and energy systems. This project was recognized in 2013 by the Engineering News Record New York for the region's best project in the Green Project category.

The Golisano Institute For Sustainability is one of the greenest buildings in the world. The features inside the building are made of sustainable materials and the project team took great care to reduce construction waste and maximize energy savings. Sustainability features include:

  • Geothermal system.
  • A 45-foot tall green wall that contributes to air quality.
  • An external 400 KW Fuel Cell that produces enough power to power the building, essentially allowing the building to go "off the grid," making the building self-sufficient.
  • Sunshade system of stationary louvers which reduced heat load from direct sun exposure, allowing daylight to enter in a most efficient way.
  • Rainwater collection system that is distributed throughout the building for non-potable water usage.
  • Eight geothermal wells which supplement the conditioning of the building.
  • Staples Product Innovation Lab where more sustainable office products of the future are designed.
  • Sustainability lab where students research reducing energy in the cooling of data centers.
  • Green roof provides insulation value and absorbs runoff from rain and snow, as well as provides a public greenspace.
  • Engine Dynamometer room used for testing fuel efficiency as well as for teaching purposes.
  • Three wind turbines that generate building electricity.
  • Eco IT Lab where researchers study more efficient ways to operate server rooms. Equipment in this lab allows the customer to use any combination of traditional air conditioning, outside air and air flow management within the room to keep equipment cool while using less energy.
  • Microgrid room which takes the power that's generated from various sources, stores the energy and distributes it as needed.
For more information about the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, click here.

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