This state-of-the-art building for the College of Law at Syracuse University acts as a living room for students and a space for spontaneous interactions. In addition to its social qualities, the building features serious sustainable technologies and is on track for LEED Gold certification. Gluckman Tang Architects included a green roof courtyard, water-efficient landscaping, energy-efficient heating and air conditioning and low-emitting materials to complement the iconic interior design.
The 200,000-square-foot building, which can accommodate up to 700 students, has a central atrium that links the library with a celebratory space and ceremonial courtroom positioned beneath a green roof that creates a seasonal outdoor terrace. Classrooms, offices and cafes are arranged to create casual spaces for informal meetings. A 60-foot wide green swath, adjacent to the new building, will enhance the circulation spine from the west campus, where the building is situated, to the main campus.
The sustainable design efforts were largely aimed at the masonry and glass exterior, which are engineered to achieve LEED Gold certification. Several sustainable features ensure the energy efficiency of the new structure-the courtyard provides additional natural light, water efficient landscaping reduces the use of water, while low-emitting and regionally-sourced materials and wood products were used in the construction of the building.
Photos by Ty Cole