The project involved the relocation of the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP) Taconic Regional Office from the basement of the Mills Mansion at Staatsburgh State Historic Site to the former Staatsburg School, now standing since 1930. The project provided an ideal opportunity to relocate NYSOPRHP offices to a nearby, vacant, and pre-developed site while utilizing the latest in sustainable and energy efficient design principles.
NYSOPRHP and its consultants, including B&L, worked together to obtain above-and-beyond required energy savings and sustainability for this unique adaptive reuse project. The project is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is LEED Platinum certified.
NYSOPRHP is already realizing energy performance savings of more than 30% over typical energy efficiency building standards. A typical office energy usage is 92.9 KBTU/SF in comparison to the Taconic Regional Office performance of 33 KBTU/SF representing 65% less than standard. Other tangible benefits being realized include improved employee satisfaction and health, community education opportunities, and historic preservation.
NYSOPRHP provided architectural/structural/plumbing design services for the project, working hand in hand with B&L’s mechanical, electrical, civil, environmental, and landscape architecture staff to ensure an integrated design approach. Careful selection of materials placed emphasis on quality, durability, aesthetics, specific manufacturing processes, re-used, recyclable, and recycled content, use of natural light, among other factors.
The 8.06-acre footprint for this project allowed NYSOPRHP and B&L to utilize all the major USGBC sustainability principles, both on the site and within the structure itself.