SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse has earned a LEED Gold rating from USGBC for Centennial Hall. Not only is it the school’s first student dormitory, but the $31 million, 4-story, 452-bed structure was constructed with 184 prefabricated modular units. The modular construction scheme was selected to accommodate a tight schedule that called for the building’s shell to be completed by last December (which it was, when the last modular unit was placed just a few days before a blizzard) so interior work could proceed uninterrupted during the winter months. The dorm was named in honor of the hundredth anniversary of SUNY-ESF’s founding in 1911.
SUNY is calling Centennial Hall the largest modular construction project in the history of Central New York State. Its modular components were specified not only for their scheduling advantages but also to minimize construction debris. The overall layout of the dorm emphasizes natural daylighting. And reclaimed and recycled-content materials were specified throughout while a graywater system irrigates the surrounding landscape.
The dorm is the first building within SUNY-ESF to earn LEED certification and was designed by Pittsburgh-based WTW Architects and HKK Architects of Syracuse. It was completed in time to house students for this past (fall 2011) semester and is located just to the west of the main SUNY-ESF campus.