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