Rochester Institute of Technology
Golisano Institute for Sustainability
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, FXFOWLE and LeChase Construction partnered to design and build the new 84,000 SF, four-story Golisano Institute for Sustainability research building. The facility contains integration laboratories and eight support laboratories, as well as spaces for collaboration and computing to support programs such as eco-IT, sustainable products and production systems, sustainable energy, sustainable mobility and system sustainability. Golisano Institute for Sustainability is among the first in the world to offer a Ph.D. program in sustainability.
The building itself is LEED Platinum® and is a demonstration of sustainable technology, incorporating transparent infrastructure, a smart microgrid, and a computing data center so 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 and has also received the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) National Award of Excellence for Education and the DBIA Award of Excellence in Design.
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