Syracuse CoE is a Green lab

Syracuse Center of Excellence has already graced the front of an architectural handbook; here's a tour

It's a laboratory. That's the yellow, turned blue covered five-story construction many a Central New Yorker has been driving by while on Route 690 or Interstate 81 in Syracuse. It's on the corner of Washington and Almond streets on the site of the former Midtown Plaza (OCC's first home).

The entire design is ultra-state-of-the-art itself, but it is also being constructed to enable companies to bring in and test new building materials, equipment and systems in a full scale operating setting -- essentially, it's a beta site for environmental systems.

It's called the Syracuse Center of Excellence and it anticipates a Platinum LEED certification according to John Boecker, a LEED consultant with 7 Group, the LEED consultants in the design team led by renowned architect Toshiko Mori. Heading the construction team is Rochester-based LeChase Construction Services, a United States Green Building Council affiliated company with a number of LEED-certified employees on its staff. Already, the SyracuseCoE headquarters has graced the cover of the 2005 "LEED Services Profile" edition of the AIA Architect's Handbook for Professional Practice.

What is LEED?

LEED--Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design--certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. Achieving LEED certification is the best way to demonstrate that a building project is truly "green."

From the NRDC Web site:

The LEED green building rating system -- developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington D.C.-based, nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders -- is designed to promote design and construction practices that increase profitability, while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being.

All New York's Centers of Excellence

This 55,000 square foot structure with its sharp angles and clean lines is certainly the first of its kind in CNY, and also takes many firsts in the United States. The SyracuseCoE is part of a New York State investment in high technologies conceived under the Pataki administration.

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