SUNY Purchase - Humanities Building
Kliment Halsband Architects designed the renovation of the Humanities Building to achieve a LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The 92,530sf building provides instructional spaces and faculty and administrative offices for the School of Humanities, an auditorium/recital hall, and a television studio.
The renovation preserves many of the building's iconic features while improving functionality and code compliance. A reconfiguration of the interior creates a modern central core for elevators and energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems, as well as additional classrooms. Circulation has also been improved by removing dead-ends, adding stairs, and using glass to maximize visual connections between inside and outside.
Some of the buildingâ€™s new sustainable features include automatic sensors and controls to maintain proper temperature, humidity, and rates of outdoor air introduced to occupied spaces; the reduction of potable water usage with low-flow and low-flush toilets; and a new light-colored surface for the roof to mitigate heat island effect. Extensive energy and lighting power density modeling assisted with the design of a highly efficient building envelope, which includes new windows and insulated exterior walls, and a low-consumption, long-life lighting strategy that is also aesthetically appropriate. The renovated building is expected to net an energy cost savings that is 32% greater than the New York State 2010 Energy Conservation Construction Code.
The project is scheduled for completion in 2014.