Academic Retrofit: Balancing Design & Environmental Impact

Event Date: 

Friday, July 20, 2018


Syracuse, NY
Syracuse, NY

CEU Information: 

CEUs: 3.0 AIA LU/HSW; certificates of attendance provided to all attendees

This Pro Tour featured a wing of a Western-New York high school that has been retrofitted to save energy while better serving the needs of the clients. The event was hosted by Ashley McGraw Architects and covered all aspects of the retrofit, including design, materials selection, envelope, and mechanicals.

The event hosts described how they approached this project through a sustainability-driven lens, shared their thinking with project stakeholders, and how they expanded their sustainable knowledge and approach because of this project.


Site Details

  • Units: 1 wing of an academic building including 18 science classrooms & small group areas
  • Square Footage: 32,523 SF interior retrofit & 23,332 SF Exterior Recladding
  • Type of construction: Retrofit
  • Exterior wall system is made up of 6” cold formed metal studs with 6” mineral wool batt insulation and 4” continuous mineral wool insulation
  • Terracotta tile rain screen for sustainability, durability, & recycling potential
  • At time of tour, attendees will see both finished and in-progress rain screen systems



12:30 PM

Doors open, registration, networking and coffee

1:00 PM

Welcome by NESEA

1:10 PM

Overview of the project by the host

2:00 PM

Tour of project begins; attendees rotate through content-specific stations

3:45 PM

Group Reconvenes back at initial meeting point

4:00 PM

Reception with light refreshments

4:15 PM

Q&A Panel with members of project team

5:00 PM

Event Concludes


If you have questions about this event, you can contact Florence at or 413-774-6051 x10.

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