RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability Receives LEED Platinum Certification

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SWBR Architects is pleased to announce that the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). This marks the highest standard that can be achieved in the rating system.
SWBR served as executive architect and architect of record on the project, with LeChase Construction Company as design-build team leader and FXFOWLE as design architect. With a score of 80 required to achieve Platinum level, the GIS building earned 89 out of a possible 110 points within the USGBC’s rating system, marking a “very rare achievement, especially for such an energy-intensive research facility,” said Nabil Nasr, Associate Provost and Director of GIS.

“We are very proud to have earned the highest standard of LEED certification,” said Mark Maddalina, AIA, LEED AP, Sustainable Design Director at SWBR. “We are committed to the practice of sustainable design. Our mission is to protect the environment, exceed the expectations of our clients and community, and we have accomplished exactly that. This is a world-class facility that will bring worldwide opportunities in the future to sustainability research and education, and what an honor it has been to be part of it.”

The nearly $36 million RIT GIS project consists of an 84,000-square-foot, four-story building, complete with cutting-edge “green” technology. It houses sustainability research, technology transfer, education and outreach, and is a state-of-the-art showcase for green construction and design, as well as GIS masters and Ph.D programs in sustainability and architecture. The project was completed in March 2013.
GIS has been recognized locally and nationally with several awards since its opening in March 2013, awards include: Engineering News-Record Best Green Project, the Jeffery J. Zogg Build New York Award, granted by Associated General Contractors of America, College Planning & Management Magazine’s 2013 Sustainability and Innovation Award, the Illuminating Engineering Society of Rochester the Energetix Excellence in Green Lighting award for Interior Lighting and most recently an AIA Rochester Chapter Design Award.

For more information on RIT’s GIS LEED Platinum certification, visit www.swbr.com/sustainability or call SWBR’s Sustainable Design Director, Mark Maddalina, AIA, LEED AP at 585-232-8300.