Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Benton Hall at Colgate University

Colgate University facility selected "Green Building of the Year" in upstate New York

Dec. 17, 2019
The Green Building Council's New York Upstate chapter honors Benton Hall for its energy-efficient design and construction.

Benton Hall at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., has been named the U.S. Green Building Council New York Upstate "Green Building of the Year" for 2019.

Construction of the facility, Colgate’s home for career services, entrepreneurship, and scholarships and fellowships, was completed in 2018, and soon after, was certified as the first LEED Platinum building on campus.

The18,500-square-foot building was designed to provide the university with energy and water savings for decades to come.

“It’s exceeding our energy models,” said Colgate Director of Sustainability John Pumilio. “We expected it to perform well, but it’s even better than we imagined.”

Colgate Project Manager Joe Inman said the university’s work with Robert A.M. Stern Architects led to the construction of a building with a look and feel that is a natural addition to the classic look of campus., and incorporates sustainable features that drastically reduce heating, cooling, and energy use.

"The main determining factors were the robust envelope design, coupled with the building's efficient energy systems that cut overall consumption rates and increased visitor comfort and satisfaction with the space," says Inman. "The balance of the design focused on stormwater management, energy performance, the use of regional materials, and excellent indoor air quality."

The builder is Hayner Hoyt Construction.

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