RetrofitNY Zero-net Carbon-ready Retrofit for SUNY
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Albany – The State University of New York announced today its partnership with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to start its first zero-net carbon-ready retrofit project on a campus for SUNY Oneonta's Ford Hall. The project will advance Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's statewide clean energy goals of 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2040.
A Request for Qualifications was issued seeking design-build teams capable of completing the zero-net carbon-ready retrofit project. The residence hall, which can house 300 students, will be renovated as "zero-net carbon-ready," meaning in addition to exceeding existing energy codes, the building will make use of future off-site renewable energy sources as they become available to meet building operations energy consumption needs. The project will be the first of its kind for the SUNY Residence Hall Program and will serve as a proof-of-concept, demonstrating an affordable residence hall renovation can achieve zero-net carbon performance.
The team selected to renovate the residence hall will utilize design-build, an alternative project delivery method where both design and construction services are provided through a single contract to further project delivery, provide savings, and integrate construction process knowledge into the design effort for a high level of quality.
The project represents a collaborative effort between SUNY, DASNY, and NYSERDA to develop cost-effective retrofit solutions that will achieve zero-net carbon performance, and improve resident quality of life and building aesthetics. The project is expected to begin construction in the summer of 2020 and be completed by the start of the fall 2021 semester.
This project is part of a strategy to achieve Chancellor Johnson's plan to retrofit and renovate SUNY's 64-campus system to achieve Greenhouse Gas Emissions reductions. This plan includes SUNY purchasing 100 percent of its grid sourced electricity from zero-carbon sources, including renewables and energy storage, and requires all new SUNY buildings to be designed to be capable of zero-net carbon emissions. Making these improvements at SUNY's 2,346 buildings – which represent 40 percent of the state-owner building infrastructure in New York – is expected to reduce the State's carbon footprint by more than 400,000 tons of CO2 equivalents per year. The residence hall project will be financed through a combination of DASNY's SUNY Dormitory Facilities tax-exempt bonds supported by student residence hall fees and funding from NYSERDA.
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