SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A $28 million Gateway Center has formally opened at SUNY's College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. The building is expected to save the college close to $350,000 a year.
The new building houses a combined heat and power system fueled by natural gas and wood pellets. It will produce 60 percent of the college's heating needs and 20 percent of its electrical supply.
The building also sports a rooftop garden featuring species of plants native to the region.
"I think it's a testimony to the faculty and students that their ethos, their values are being really incorporated in a next-generation type of structure," said SUNY ESF President Neil Murphy.
The new building also houses a cafe, a bookstore, a conference center and a display of the Theodore Roosevelt Wildlife collection.