Designed by New York City-based Ennead Architects, the Westchester Community College Gateway Center for English as a Second Language has earned Westchester County’s first LEED Gold rating from USGBC. The 70,000-square-foot, $40 million project opened in 2010 and was designed by Ennead Architects. Its design program included state-of-the-art classroom space, seminar rooms, a 175-seat auditorium, a cafe, a welcome center, and computer and language labs.
The building’s architecture aims to blend the surrounding natural landscape into the entry space. Its siting and massing were conceived with passive design strategies that work in concert with energy-efficient building systems. Stone, zinc, and glass materials were all sourced locally. The building itself sits within its natural slope and its landscape architecture preserves surrounding trees and shrubbery. Other green design features include the recycling of debris during construction, a wastewater management system, indoor air quality monitoring, and efficient and pollution reducing lighting.
STV served as the project’s construction manager. Ennead is the new moniker for the former Polshek Partnership firm, whose nine partners renamed the practice in the middle of 2010.