University of Buffalo - Educational Opportunity Center
The University at Buffalo's Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) has been designed by HOLT Architects, P.C. to achieve a LEED Silver certification under the New Construction 2009 Edition Rating System. The new 68,000 square foot, four-story building will provide state of the art facilities for the EOC's job-skills training and community outreach programs, as well as a Head Start child care program. The structure will share a one-story entrance and gathering space gallery with the adjacent M Wile Gateway building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Numerous sustainable design elements are incorporated into the project. The building includes a high efficiency curtain wall system and passive solar shading louvers, vegetated roofs to reduce the heat island effect and storm water runoff. Other features include water saving plumbing fixtures, and high performance mechanical and lighting systems which will provide a building which consumes 29% less energy annually than permitted by the New York State Energy Code.
Building materials produced locally with high levels of recycled content have been specified and only low-emitting paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants and flooring systems will be installed. It is anticipated that the project will recycle 50% of construction and demolition waste thereby diverting this waste from local landfills.
The project is scheduled to be completed in April, 2013.