Syska Hennessey Group enables colleges and universities to provide their students with a connected, technology-enabled, amenity-rich environment to support learning and research. We design academic buildings, laboratories, student commons, libraries, athletic facilities and performing arts centers for higher education institutions, including, UCLA, Cooper Union, Duke University, University of Maryland, UC Davis, Cornell University and MIT.
Enabling Collaboration and Connectivity
To support collaboration spaces in student commons and academic buildings, we design MEP/FP, vertical transportation and architectural lighting systems. We also provide information and communications system design; for instance, we designed low-voltage infrastructure as part of the renovation of five floors of academic space in the Fordham University Lincoln Center campus to deliver technology, audiovisual and Internet connectivity, greatly improving the academic experience.
When our clients make capital investments to upgrade facilities, they rely on Syska to provide system designs that support current demand with built-in scalability and flexibility for new technologies that will arrive five to ten years down the road. We establish campus-wide information and communication technology (ICT) standards to link new with existing building operations systems on smart building platforms. These platforms deliver improved building operational efficiency and performance, with substantial cost savings.
Campus Buildings as Teaching Tools
Syska’s academic clients who focus on sustainable and high-performance design, such as the recent award-winning Cooper Union project, use their new academic buildings as student teaching labs for innovative engineering systems approaches such as displacement air and chilled-beam cooling, and water conservation measures.
Similarly, Lehman College invested in an advanced energy monitoring system with solar preheat hot water, making Lehman the first City University of New York (CUNY) college with a LEED Platinum building. Syska designed system monitors that are accessible to students, allowing energy performance to be a teaching tool. Strategies such as daylighting controls with perimeter sensors enable occupants to throttle back unnecessary lighting.