On October 21, our design team joined SUNY Morrisville staff, faculty, and students to celebrate the grand opening of the new Agricultural and Clean Energy Technology (ACET) Center. The new applied learning technology building houses the college’s renewable energy, agricultural engineering, and diesel technology programs. Students started taking classes in the building in the Fall ‘21 semester.
The building is home to laboratory and classroom spaces dedicated to renewable energy technologies, including wind, solar, and biofuel. The labs 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 ACET center comes online at a critical time – educating students on the sustainable sourcing of energy for the coming decades,” said SWBR Project Manager Chris Jahn, AIA. “So grateful to have been a part of the fantastic group of designers and engineers to deliver this high-performing facility!”
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.
SWBR provided architectural, landscape, interior design, and wayfinding design services for the project.
Read more about the project here: