Chicago architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has designed the Climate Exchange, a net-zero campus for Stony Brook University, a New York public research institute.
The 400,000 sq ft exchange aims to become a model for using mass timber construction and on-site solar power to reduce projects’ environmental impact.
When complete, the Governors Island facility will include research labs, classrooms, exhibits, greenhouses, mitigation technologies and housing facilities.
Other sustainable features include the use rainwater or treated wastewater for all non-potable water, and the recycling of 95% of the project’s waste. In addition, all new and renovated buildings will meet living building challenge standards.
SOM worked on the project alongside MNLA and UK consulting engineers Buro Happold and Langan Engineering.
Maurie McInnis, Stony Brook University’s president, said: “The campus will cement New York City as the world leader on climate change, the most pressing issue of our time. Up until now, the development of climate solutions has been siloed, with world leaders separate from expert scientists separate from the on-the-ground green workforce.”