The New School‘s new University Center is getting a little closer to completion every day, and recent photos taken by Susan Kramer of the Architect’s Newspaper reveal that a green roof has been installed around the perimeter of the building’s rooftop balcony. The sedum-topped University Center is being constructed from 20 percent recycled materials, and it’s shaping up to become one of the greenest buildings in New York.
A green roof isn’t the only green trick that the University Center has up its sleeve. Inside, the designers have specifically chosen to use super-efficient LED lighting throughout the building. There’s also a 265-kilowatt electricity generating cogeneration plant on site that uses natural gas to generate as much as 40 percent of the building’s electrical energy needs. The resulting heat, meanwhile, will be used to warm the domestic hot water as well as the recycled gray water.
The 364,000-square-foot, 16-story multi-use project, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, includes a 700-seat auditorium, the main university library, lecture halls, classrooms, and a 600-bed dormitory. The interior is also being developed as a high tech university building with wired “smart” classrooms, design studios, and an auditorium with a convertible fashion runway.
Taking into account all of these high tech and sustainability enhancements, the new university building, which already meets the LEED Gold standard, is being considered by some to be one of the greenest academic buildings around the country. The Durst Organization, which is the developer of the project, says that it broke ground in December and expects to make the new University Center ready for students in the 2014 Spring Semester.