SUNY IT - Wildcat Field House
SUNY Institute of Technology's new Wildcat Field House was designed by JMZ Architects and Planners, P.C. and is designed to achieve a LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The 62,145 square foot new building will provide a more enriching college environment to attract and retain four-year students. The project includes a field house/convocation facility, wellness center, locker rooms, training facility and athletic department offices. The project also incorporates a new artificial turf field and stadium as well as new baseball fields.
Maximizing energy efficiency and user comfort was a priority in this project. The building will use 41% less energy than would be permitted by the NYS Energy Code. The design integrates automated natural ventilation with a highly energy efficient mechanical system. An evacuated tube hot water solar collector array supplies the hot water needs of the locker rooms and supplements the HVAC system. Extensive daylighting, automated lighting controls and high efficiency light fixtures combine to make bright and pleasant spaces with very low energy usage. The highly insulated building envelope integrates low-e glazing, glass integrated photovoltaic panels, external sunshade devices and high albedo roofing. A high degree of control is provided on lighting and thermal comfort systems and all systems were validated through commissioning.
Sustainable selection criteria for interior and exterior materials included high recycled content, regional sourcing and low VOC emissions. Only FSC certified wood materials were used. Over 50 percent of all construction waste was recycled on this project.
This project was completed in spring 2011 and has already made a significant impact on the campus.