Monroe Community College’s (MCC) Gleason Hall for Science and Technology in Rochester, New York has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainable design and construction.
Gleason Hall is MCC’s second project designed by SWBR to achieve LEED certification, the first project being the Wolk Center for Excellence in Nursing, which went on to win the LEED Silver.
SWBR’s renovation efforts increased the number of general classrooms and specialty lab spaces in the facility by eliminating redundant circulation and through more efficient use of the remaining area. For instance, the redesign incorporated sky-lit student collaboration space in the interior of the building, using part of the footprint of an unused two-story lecture hall. These instructional spaces provide modern technology infrastructure, durable finishes and improved acoustical performance.
Photovoltaic solar panels were installed on the roofs of the main building and loading dock, and generate electrical power equivalent to the needs of one of the new technology labs within. These green changes have resulted in the new building bringing in more than 30% energy savings and nearly 52% water-use reduction to the college.