An engineering green award has been presented to local companies for work on the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability, designed by FXFOWLE in collaboration with SWBR.
LeChase Construction Services LLC, in partnership with SWBR Architects and FXFOWLE, was recently recognized by Engineering News Record New York for the region’s best project in the Green Project category. Thirty-seven winners were chosen in the competition that spans across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
The overall Green Project category winner is Rochester Institute of Technology, Golisano Institute for Sustainability, submitted by LeChase Construction of Rochester, which served as the design-build team leader.
The GIS Building is a complex academic research facility with many high-performance design features that make it a unique and collaborative learning environment. It includes a living laboratory of sustainability that is home to specialized research labs, student work areas, a variety of academic spaces and faculty offices. The 84,000-square-foot building incorporates sustainable technologies throughout all areas, from the solar panel array on the soaring canopy to the vertical wind turbines near the entrance.
The GIS facility was designed and built to exceed Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum standards of the U.S. Green Building Council — the highest standard that can be achieved. The project has been submitted for review and final certification is expected later this year.
An awards breakfast will take place Nov. 6 in New York City, where the GIS team will accept the award.