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The 75,000-square-foot Wooster Hall at SUNY New Paltz is home to the Departments of Psychology and Anthropology, student service offices and a dining facility. Originally built in 1967 in Brutalist-style, the outdated building needed to be converted into a modern structure compliant with today’s building code, energy efficiency and ADA requirements. Based in New York, Croxton Collaborative Architects PC (CCA), an international innovator in sustainable and human-centered architecture and design, was tapped to convert the building.
While the Brutalist design was outdated, rather than demolish the building, Croxton was able to save 97% of the original concrete structure and express a new building on the bones of the original one. “The initial RFP was issued during the economic slowdown and it received a massive response. This was one of the most competitive projects we ever pursued, but we made a very compelling case about daylighting potential and the way we would reinterpret the Brutalist design of the existing building,” recalls Randolph Croxton, President of CCA.
One of the ways Croxton accomplished this was by creating a large soffit, clad with MEG color #758, which opened the south side of the building to ambient daylight in the public spaces on the second level. That large soffit area provides shade in the summer, and allows deep sunlight in to warm in the winter. “Given the large expanse of this Brutalist building, we needed to find a product that offered a breakdown in scale in colors that could be harmonized with the palette of the rest of the building. We were also dealing with potential extreme temperature variations of a northeast setting, so we ultimately chose MEG due to a combination of factors: scale, color, cost and performance.
This was our first time using MEG and we would use it again. Installation was very straight forward and we didn’t encounter any significant difficulties in the field. We liked the specs and characteristics of the product and were very happy with the final overall aesthetic compatibility and identity of the project that emerged,” states Mr. Croxton.
Project Feature: Wooster Hall at SUNY New Paltz, NY
Product: MEG Color #758
Project Architect: Randolph Croxton FAIA – President, Croxton Collaborative Architects PC
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