Academic Building

, SUNY Maritime College

Throggs Neck, NY

view of building promenade

Expressing the college's prominence in global maritime affairs, this signature building appears to rise from the seawall it closely hugs. Expansive glazing makes the facility a beacon on the Long Island Sound, while the local stone cladding of its base references the adjacent historic fort.

The center is organized into two wings whose dynamic tension is resolved by a flexible atrium forum that is subdividable into three separate spaces. The conference wing houses a 350-seat, multipurpose room with catering kitchen and prefunction space that accommodates formal events as well as classes. Dramatically tall ceilings clad in walnut baffles open views to both the campus and harbor. In the academic wing, 13 smart classrooms, faculty office suites, and casual social spaces are arrayed along a main circulation spine.

The LEED Gold design incorporates numerous sustainable and energy-efficient strategies. Bioclimatic analysis informed massing and orientation to help reduce wind friction, conserve heat in winter, capture natural light, and provide cooling natural ventilation in summer via operable windows controlled by the building automation system.

The challenging site required an innovative concrete-and-steel pile foundation system. Managing the building's weight was critical to controlling costs by minimizing the size and number of piles needed - a solution that also increased the sustainability of the design.

Building Facts

  • 45,400 GSF
  • LEED Silver Certification