SUNY Purchase Visual Arts Building Renovation

Firm Credit: Lizardos Engineers, Lynn Fritzlen Architect

The Architectural Collaborative, known for its legendary principal Walter Gropius, designed the SUNY Purchase Visual Arts Building in 1974. The building features expansive light monitors over the art studios. In 2019 LFA is working on a major renovation to this architectural treasure with Lizardos Engineering. The scope is the rehabilitation of the HVAC system and associated Architectural upgrades. This project is 153,000 sf of art studios, galleries, classrooms, offices and a multitude of specialty equipment, software and hardware. LFA is responsible for all architectural work on the project including code compliance, accessibility, architectural building changes and any additional architectural design that will be required.

Design Features
HVAC system replacements and upgrades with associated architectural changes will bring this arts building up to date. A challenging and interesting aspect of this project is the mandate that the building must remain occupied year round and during construction, therefore, this project will be designed and constructed in three phases.

Sustainable Practices
Bringing old systems up to code is good for users and the environment. The project will employ selective demolition and Deep Energy Retrofits (DER), abate hazardous materials and bring the building up to code.