State University of New York
College at Oneonta
Physical Sciences Building

Renovating older science buildings requires the application of appropriate sustainability technology to match building constraints.


The expansion and renovation of a 1970s Physical Sciences facility with low floor-to-floor heights at SUNY Oneonta is a good example of how this problem can be solved. Infrastructure design solutions for the project utilized Chilled Beam technology for heating and cooling of over 70% of the building area; mixed-mode ventilation in the public spaces, allowing natural cross-ventilation in the shoulder seasons; and sensor technology in the labs, tied to the building management system, providing real-time assessments of air quality. All of these systems enabled reduced primary equipment, a shallow ductwork distribution network, and higher ceilings in occupied spaces. Energy model projections rate this building 60% carbon neutral relative to the US average of this building type.