SUNY New Paltz - Wooster Building
Wooster Hall is an exemplar of a fully realized sustainable envelope transformation. 1973 Oil Embargo, 9/11, ADA, and Sustainability were the modern design drivers that explain Wooster’s accelerated state of deterioration and non-conformance. When the design team first arrived, working within the 66 massive columns, connected beams, and slabs, our team has re-expressed the 71,685 sf of Wooster Hall as a 2018 fully daylit, high-performance, high-resilience academic building. Wooster Hall preserves 96% of the concrete structure, enhances its urban design relationship between Old Main and Sciences Quads, and is a national exemplar of passively resilient academic architecture. Literally a “building within a building,” the new terra cotta rainscreen and membrane/insulation jacket break thermal movement through the exterior and the concrete mass now extends interior comfort conditions upon building failure. Daylit throughout the regularly occupied spaces, daily solar traverse (circadian connectivity) is captured in all public spaces on all levels. Solar noon at the equinox and summer solstice are dramatically registered on the calibrated north/south main stair set within the terrazzo floor design of the surrounding USGS mapped region. The west faÃ§ade’s three-story glass “lantern” marks the dining entry and aligns with the 236 foot “daylight seam” running east/west through the building. Along the south faÃ§ade, the cantilevered 3rd floor—coordinated with seasonal solar angles and adjacent plantings—establish a shade porch (summer) and a warm outdoor room (spring/fall). Bringing clarity of wayfinding and a sense of place, a new cascading staircase now connect Science Quad to Excelsior Concourse, replacing the previously ambiguous and dark entryways. Wooster Hall’s projected energy consumption of 57.43 kBtu/sf/yr is a 35.7% improvement compared to ASHRAE 90.1-2007’s base energy consumption of 88.8 kBtu/sf/yr and a pathway to Zero Net carbon (ZNC) is identified. Under this transition, the campus district heat of 16.2 k/Btu/sf/yr will be met by a planned on-campus photovoltaic array. Wooster Hall can then incorporate a 435 kW photovoltaic array with openings to preserve daylighting. This brings Wooster Hall to 80 percent of the ZNC target and achieves 100 percent upon the mechanical system changeout in 2042-2047.