Building 25 on the SUNY Albany Campus was originally designed by Edward Durell Stone and was constructed to be an infirmary in keeping with the original style, materiality, and construction method of the Podium buildings. When the University’s Health Center was moved to a different location, better configured for modern healthcare requirements, Building 25 became largely vacant and used mainly for swing space to accommodate other campus renovations.
The Campus’s Master Plan identified Building 25 as the future home for both the Economic and Africana Studies Departments. AOW competitively bid and was awarded the project. The building required extensive demolition and abatement. The mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems were in immediate need of replacement and the building required the addition of a cooling system. These upgrades accounted for nearly 25% of the total project costs.
The 3-story building entrance was completely transformed by a feature staircase supported by stringers, a beautiful, back-lit, red Lumicor wall, and bamboo paneling. The entrance alone showcases the true craftsmanship of our talented carpenters.
The building received modernized lighting, high-end flooring, architectural millwork, and new ceilings throughout. New offices, student work spaces, meeting rooms, and conference areas were created. The main conference area on the second floor includes a partial glass floor which offers a view down to the main entrance. Outside of each meeting area is a Lumicor panel with a build in screen with each room’s occupancy schedule.
AOW considers this project as one which showcases our abilities as both constructors and managers. This project earned a LEED Platinum certification.