US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold certification has been awarded to the newly built SUNY ESF (State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry) dormitory, Centennial Hall, in Syracuse, New York, US.
Designed by Holmes King Kallquist, Centennial Hall is the first dormitory on campus and houses more than 400 students each semester.
USGBC member New Energy Works Timberframers crafted and raised the dormitory observation tower, which offers space for students or residents to gather, study and relax while enjoying panoramic campus views.
The timber frame elements, including 55in glulam posts and solid Douglas fir beams in the observation tower have been provided by New Energy Works Timberframers.
The structure uses traditional mortise and tenon design to help balance the concrete and steel of the new dormitory, while paying homage to the region’s post and beam roots.
New Energy Works Timberframers general manager Brian Mosch said that by using sustainably harvested timbers and its own LEED AP staff members the company was able to craft a truly environmentally friendly and efficient structure.
Crafted from weather-resistant western red cedar, an attached exterior trellis offers shade and shelter for bikes and benches.
Various sustainable building materials including the LEED-eligible Douglas fir and cedar timbers have been used to construct Centennial Hall.
The dormitory project was able to minimise waste during the development and maintain a tight construction schedule due to the utilisation of the timber framing method combined with prefabricated modular units.
Image caption: The LEED-certified structure utilised traditional mortise and tenon design, and includes 55in glulam posts and solid Douglas fir beams. Image (c) Don Cochrane Photography.