Rochester Institute of Technology, Admin. Svcs Building and Innovation Ctr (Work in Progress)

Rochester, New York

The Administrative Services Building and Innovation Center at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) was scheduled for completion May 2009.

The 10,000-square-foot Innovation Center is intended to be a “one-stop shop” incubator to foster multi-disciplinary work groups as well as individual research teams and, above all, be the center for RIT to showcase the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$226.00FEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress research and technology. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide panoramic and inspiring views of the campus from inside the space. Passersby and new students have the opportunity to see firsthand the projects and activities that RIT faculty and students are working on.

At the Administrative Services Building, “we are bringing everything together in one place and revolutionizing our service delivery model for students,” says James H. Watters, senior vice president of finance and administration.

The 4,000-square-foot student-services lobby provides students with an integrated location for handling business related to finances, scheduling, parking and housing. Several other RIT administrative departments will be situated in the balance of the building, which totals 53,000 square feet.

This project is registered with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and is in pursuit of LEED platinum. The design embraced LEED-NC strategies to construct a sustainable and energy-efficient building. Some creative solutions include techniques in insulation and weatherproofing, white roofing to limit heat gain, large expanses of glass to allow for daylight infiltration and exterior views to building occupants, and an enhanced monitoring of building systems. This was done while still complementing the campus’ adjacent surroundings.