LEED BD+C: Homes v2008
SUNY Oswego Townhouses
Oswego, NY 13126
LEED Gold 2010
"This project was a model for students of how big, complex organizations like SUNY Oswego and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York can succeed in getting the details right and end up producing a high-quality result that is socially and environmentally responsible."
College living is changing: Independent living, green initiatives, and personal control of heating and cooling are all important aspects. SUNY Oswego Village supports this 21st century college residential atmosphere by employing a townhouse approach, new to the campus. The design creates a "European-feel" to encourage an increase in walking and public transportation use. It focuses on high durability, energy efficiency, and pride in residency.
LEED certification was important to the campus for its own goals aligned with the Presidential Climate Commitment, but also to be attractive to potential students A significant challenge was shifting from LEED for New Construction to LEED for Homes mid-stream, after the team became aware that the former rating system was not applicable for this project.
The project includes individual home units, housing four to six residents per unit, for student living at a more collaborative and independent level than traditional university residence hall facilities. This has been well-received by the students, as has the streetscape design vernacular. Community features - including an amphitheater, commons building, and great lawn - all support a community environment that is less institutional and more similar to independent, post-college, adult living circumstances.
Included in the design are newer technologies such as shallow frost footings, structural insulated panels (SIPs), and a high-efficiency HVAC system that is not tied into the district system that supplies the campus.
SUNY Oswego is a remote campus of the state university system, located in a very high-snow area of New York. These extreme conditions made energy efficiency and comfort issues paramount for this project. The Village is located on SUNY Oswego's campus, and it maintains a compact site plan to protect adjacent wetlands and reduce students' dependence on cars.