Two higher education art installations designed by Gwathmey Siegel achieve LEED rating


The completely renovated and expanded Paul Rudolph Hall at Yale University designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects (GSAA) has received LEED Gold certification. The 114,000 square foot building, constructed of cast-in-place concrete in the Brutalist style, was once known as the Art and Architecture Building. It was designed by the Chairman of the Department of Architecture, Paul Rudolph, and completed in 1963. The design of the GSAA results from the integration of programmatic, structural and mechanical needs. It includes the restoration of the exterior walls, the installation of historically correct windows and the modernization of all the building’s facilities, including the exhibition gallery, jury and studio spaces, study areas and administrative offices. and academics. It also introduces new lighting and furnishings, in many cases reproducing the originals, and brings the structure into compliance with applicable building and fire codes.

Clad in limestone and zinc panels, the new addition, the seven-story Jeffrey H. Loria Center for the History of Art building, adds another 87,000 square feet of space that provides classrooms, seminar rooms , amphitheatres, faculty offices, a lounge and public café. The Robert B. Haas Family Art Library, which occupies parts of new and older buildings, brings together all of Yale’s previously dispersed art collections. Known collectively as the Yale Arts Complex, the project was completed in 2008 and was led by senior partners Steven Forman and Elizabeth Skowronek, under the direction of the late Charles Gwathmey and Robert Siegel.

Burchfield Penney Art Center

The Burchfield Penney Art Center located on the campus of Buffalo State College has officially received LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council to meet exacting standards in the areas of site sustainability, use and efficiency. water, reduction of energy consumption and atmospheric impact, use of materials and resources, improvement of indoor air quality and innovation in design. The Burchfield Penney is the first art museum in New York State to be LEED certified and one of the first art museums in the country to achieve LEED certification.

Clad in panels of zinc, magnesium brick and cast stone, accentuating the formal articulation of the volumetric elements, the two-story 84,000 square foot structure houses the art of western New York. It was conceived as a contrapoint, abstract “sculptural object” on an ambiguous scale. hall, administration, meeting room, support functions and a roof terrace. The project was completed in 2008 and just received a 2009 Honorary Award from the AIA Buffalo / Western New York Chapter in the New Construction category of over 25,000 square feet.

“The fundamentals of sustainable design appeal to the fundamental principles of the profession of architect”, commented Robert Siegel, and “the integration of the principles of sustainable design in the overall solution of a project as carried out in these two works important, continues to be a natural extension of the holistic and collaborative design approach that is the foundation of our company’s work. “


William E. Bennett

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