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Hudson Valley Community College Science Center Earns LEED Silver Certification

MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

Since it opened last fall, Hudson Valley Community College’s new Science Center has achieved kudos from students and faculty. Now it can also claim its place as a model of sustainable design.

The nearly 120,000-square-foot building was recently awarded LEED Silver status by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), a certifying body that reviews sustainable building projects from design through construction. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certifies it as a sustainably built and operating building.

The USGBC requires stringent guidelines in site use management, water use management, indoor air quality, energy efficiency measures and materials use management, as proof that a project has achieved a very high standard for sustainable or green building design and construction practices.

There are four potential levels of LEED Certification as defined by USGBC: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The college’s TEC-SMART facility in Malta, which is aimed, in part, at teaching sustainable design and alternative energy, was granted LEED Platinum status in 2011.

From its genesis, the Science Center was designed and constructed with an eye toward LEED certification. The building’s architects and college representatives designed the structure with an aim toward sustainability. Native landscaping, efficient water usage and energy-conscious building design were key considerations from the start. Mosaic Associates of East Greenbush collaborated with Payette of Boston on the building’s design. Troy’s U.W. Marx Construction Company served as the project manager.

Hudson Valley students from a variety of degree programs study in the Science Center. The building offers 25 laboratories for biology, chemistry, physics, biotechnology, biomanufacturing, earth science and forensics and also contains 11 classrooms, faculty offices, conference and computer lab spaces, a science study center and a greenhouse.

At a touchscreen digital display kiosk located in the Science Center Café, visitors may navigate the Science Center HVAC, electrical and plumbing components and see “real-time” numbers relating to many of the sustainable attributes and actual energy usage.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers 75 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.