This project is the gateway to the 450-acre site owned and operated by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and will consist of two complementary buildings constructed in multiple phases. The Visitor Center - not yet constructed - will offer educational exhibits of the site’s history and environmental resources, and provides assembly areas, staff offices, and support spaces. The Guided School Program building - construction is complete - accommodates the needs of the outdoor environmental education program facilitated by the Friends of Five Rivers, a not-for-profit citizen group that supports education initiatives at the center. The project design aspired for LEED platinum and integrates sustainable features including:
- optimized building solar and view orientation - high performance structural insulated panels - solar sunshading - geothermal ground source heating and cooling - solar hot water panels - photovoltaic panels - natural ventilation - daylighting - upwards of 60% energy savings - vegetated ‘green’ roof - rainwater harvesting for flushing toilets - on-site harvested wood columns - certified wood products - bird-friendly design strategies - locally manufactured and recycled content materials - permeable pavers and bioswales - native landscaping
Our clients elected not to pursue LEED certification, but chose to incorporate many sustainable design features.