The Syracuse Center of Excellence is one of six centers across New York State; the purpose of each is to be a national and world leader in their individual area of advanced research. The Syracuse Center of Excellence focuses their efforts on creating innovations in environmental and energy technologies to improve human health, productivity, security, and sustainability in urban and built environments.
Built on a prominent brownfield site in downtown Syracuse, the 55,000 SF facility is designed to function as a test bed for environmental and energy technologies and building innovations that the Center promotes. Natural ventilation, personal ventilation systems, heat recovery/reuse systems, rain water capture/reuse, vegetative roof, and geothermal ground source heat pumps are among the sustainability strategies employed in the building’s design. A LEED Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council has been achieved. There are only a small number of buildings across the nation which have been able to achieve this highest LEED rating.
As Executive Architect, Ashley McGraw coordinated a large, integrated design team and ensured constant communication with the building’s multiple stakeholders. The Design Architect was Toshiko Mori Architect.