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SUNY ESF Baker Laboratory Rehabilitation

132,000 SF 3-Phased Renovation of a former laboratory building (Baker Hall) to state of the art classroom, campus computing and conferencing facility. Challenging aspects of this project included planning new program spaces within the confines of an existing out-dated c.1958 laboratory building, abatement of hazardous materials, and phasing of renovation while occupied. Other challenges included the coordination of mechanical-electrical engineering systems within an ongoing working environment.

 

The project provides the College with a Center for Engineering and Technology and a new home for the College’s Faculty of Environmental Resources and Forest Engineering. It includes two multi-media lecture halls, a smart classroom outfitted for computer use and distance learning, academic computing facilities and the analytical and technical services department previously missing from the campus. It also modernized facilities tailored to the needs of the Department of Material Science Testing including a modern dry kiln, a wood identification laboratory, shop facilities, and a laboratory that allows for humidity and moisture conditioning of wood samples.

 

The project is seeking LEED EB Silver Level certification and is participating in the new LEED online program. Many unique green features have been incorporated into the project including highly reflective roof membrane, state of the art heat recovery systems, recycled/sustainable materials and a photovoltaic array that provides a dual purpose of power generation and window shading.