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Monday, February 8, 2010

Syracuse Center of Excellence to open new headquarters

The Syracuse Center of Excellence will be dedicated March 5, a little more than four years after site work began at the former Midtown Plaza, Almond and East Water streets.

On March 6, the public is invited to an open house to check out the latest in energy and building technologies in the five-story, angular structure clad in glass and metal and topped by a vegetative roof. There will be tours, technology demonstrations and entertainment.

The Center of Excellence is a federation of businesses and academic institutions led by Syracuse University to promote “clean and green” economic development. Its headquarters building, designed by architect Toshiko Mori, includes a geothermal heating and cooling system, a rainwater collection system and windows that can be opened if the air quality is deemed sufficiently good.

The $35.6 million building aims for a “platinum” rating under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program administered by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Researchers will rotate into lab space. In the Carrier Total Indoor Environmental Quality lab, or TIEQ, on the fifth floor, factors such as temperature, humidity and air quality can be manipulated in each workstation to measure their effect on human productivity and behavior.

The open house runs from 1 to 4 p.m. March 6. For details on the event and to RSVP, go to