SWBR Reaches Significant LEED Milestone

Rochester Chamber Partner member SWBR announced its certification of one million square feet of LEED projects. The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system is the benchmark metric for sustainable design, providing third-party certification for buildings designed to save energy and resources, and to provide improved environments for their residents. 

“This is a meaningful milestone for our firm,” said Principal and Sustainable Design Director Mark Maddalina, AIA. “The LEED rating system was foundational to SWBR’s sustainable design practice, and our entire portfolio of work is better for embracing LEED criteria. We celebrate these recent certifications because they represent a higher standard in housing design today — reducing energy, water and resource demands and improving the health and comfort of the indoor environment.”

About recent LEED projects at SWBR:

SWBR’s recently completed projects — Rochester Cornerstone Group’s Frances Apartments, Rochester Institute of Technology’s Global Village Expansion and the University of Rochester’s Genesee Hall — are all LEED Silver certified projects.

Frances Apartments, located in Sweden, New York, provides 56 affordable and supportive housing units, with 14 of those housing families and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Its LEED for Homes certification reflects a socially responsible commitment by Rochester’s Cornerstone Group, Lifetime Assistance and SWBR to provide healthier, more energy-efficient homes to people with moderate to low incomes.

The Global Village expansion project is RIT’s technology-forward apartment-style housing for 147 graduate students. Set along a main pedestrian circulation path, the design enhances the southern-exposed outdoor gathering space. LEED for Homes certification ensures that this residence hall will provide improved comfort and higher performance, supporting RIT’s commitment to LEED certification and a reduced environmental footprint for its construction projects.

University of Rochester’s new Genesee Hall integrates academics, athletics and student life into the residential experience. Overlooking the Prince Athletic Complex, the new 72,000-square-foot facility is constructed on a hillside, with access at multiple levels. The upper four floors provide housing for 151 first-year students and the ground floor provides new men’s and women’s locker rooms with direct connection to the field. The first and second floors provide community space, student life services, offices for health care and advisers, and meeting rooms, and offer spectacular views of the athletic field.

About SWBR:

SWBR is a multidisciplinary, award-winning design firm headquartered in Rochester, New York.  As a highly respected national firm consistently providing leadership, expertise, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking the firm specializes in sustainability, education, housing and workplace design. With offices in Rochester and Syracuse SWBR aims to positively impact lives through meaningful design.  To learn more visit swbr.com or SWBR’s social media sites on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.