RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) is a world-class education and research facility. It serves as a living laboratory for research, technology transfer, education and outreach providing a state-of-the-art showcase for green construction and design. GIS supports cutting-edge research in nanotechnology, alternative energy development, and pollution prevention. FXFOWLE in collaboration with SWBR developed the building’s “Living Lab” concept.
A network of high-tech classrooms, offices, support and collaborative spaces accommodate the Hall’s various academic programs. Its passive design strategies, energy-efficient systems and high-performance facades make the building 56% more efficient than a baseline building and helped reduce its carbon footprint by 61%, earning it LEED Platinum certification. Data sensors, control systems, feedback loops and microgrid technology are incorporated so that RIT is able to monitor and inform building operations.
“This facility enables RIT to become a world-class hub for sustainability research and education,” says retired President Bill Destler. “It represents a new chapter in RIT’s commitment to serve as a major economic driver for our region, a leader in innovation and technologies, and a key partner with the community, government and industry.”
LEED-NC Platinum Certified
The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Rochester Chapter – Lighting Design Award
American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase – Outstanding Design
Association of General Contractors – Build New York Award
Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Rochester – Building Recognition Award
College Planning & Management Sustainability and Innovation Award
Design-Build Institute of America – National Award of Excellence for Educational Facilities
Design-Build Institute of America – National Award of Excellence in Design
ED+C Innovation in Green Design Award
Engineering News Record New York Best Green Project
NAIOP Award of Excellence
Rochester Chapter American Institute of Architects – Design Excellence Awards
Rochester Chapter American Institute of Architects – Citation of Merit Awards