SUNY Morrisville’s Alternative Energy Building is the new home for the Agricultural Engineering/Diesel Technology and Renewable Energy programs.
Utilizing its unique position on campus, the building is benched into a hillside. This siting both reduces the energy demand of the building while also concealing the large garage bays – which are oriented toward the back of the building on the low side of the hill. The building leverages the angle of the sun to maximize daylight while reducing summer heat gain, with expansive glass oriented to the northeast and northwest. The building will be home to laboratory and classroom spaces dedicated to renewable energy technologies, including wind, solar, and biofuel. The labs will allow students to build and test various renewable and alternative energy systems. The curriculum includes teaching the safe climbing of towers – an essential element of wind energy production, but is also in growing demand for the communications industry. An indoor climbing facility houses three different tower configurations to a height of 35’ – allowing for programs in certification for climbing and rescue.
The program also includes space to house the college’s Agricultural Engineering and Diesel Tech programs. Three large garage bays, each equipped with overhead cranes, allow for the teaching of maintenance and repair of diesel and agricultural equipment. Offices and a student lounge round out the program, establishing a new home for these important programs.