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Potsdam - Performing Arts Building


Pfeiffer Partners Architects designed the new 97,000 square foot Performing Arts Building at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam, the first new academic building constructed on campus since 1973. It accommodates the academic and performance needs of theater and dance, bringing both disciplines together in an integrated, highly activated facility.

 The project is designed for LEED Silver certification.

 Located adjacent to the Crane School of Music, the new state-of-the-art building includes a variety of performance spaces: a 350-seat proscenium theater with fixed seating; a 200-seat black box theater; and a 4,000-square-foot dance performance space with flexible seating for 200 on telescopic risers. Additional building components include a light-infused public lobby and an adjacent café. Other educational resources included in the building are labs for teacher training, design/drafting, CAD and lighting; a digital/audio studio; movement studios for dance and theater; a recording studio; and performer support spaces including dressing rooms and a green room. Back-of-house areas include scene, costume and craft shops and associated storage. The new building also houses faculty offices and student organization space.

 Sustainable design features include a sophisticated building insulation system, with an open rain screen to improve envelope thermal performance, coordinated with the mechanical systems to maximize energy efficiency year-round. An energy recapturing system uses O2 sensors to optimize fresh air intake during inclement weather. Indigenous landscaping, low flow plumbing fixtures and sensor controlled lavatories reduce overall water consumption. Additional sustainable features include low-emitting materials both inside and outside; high recycled content of building materials, flooring and interior finishes; occupancy sensor controlled light fixtures; and low albedo pavement to reduce heat gain. The project also includes enhanced commissioning for mechanical systems. The building will use 21% less energy than would be permitted by NYS Energy Code.

 Currently under construction, completion is scheduled for August 2013

  Potsdam - Performing Arts Building


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