NYPA Completes $10.7 Million Energy Efficiency Upgrades for University at Buffalo's Goodyear Hall

Brian Warner
(For Oct. 4 only – 914-584-5024)

October 4, 2004


BUFFALO—Students living in Goodyear Hall on the campus of the University at Buffalo, State University of New York (UB), will benefit from a number of energy-efficient technologies installed as part of a multi-phased $10.7 million project completed by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) in time for the fall semester.

“The University at Buffalo is vigorously promoting energy-efficiency and the New York Power Authority is proud to be a partner in the University’s efforts to achieve campus environmental sustainability,” said Louis P. Ciminelli, chairman of the Power Authority.  “Under Governor Pataki’s leadership NYPA’s Energy Services Program has been hard at work throughout the SUNY system to help campuses conserve energy, save money and improve environmental quality.”

“The modern, energy-efficient systems installed in Goodyear Hall will save scarce resources, which UB can apply to other critical needs,” said SUNY Chancellor Robert L. King.  “Efficient use of energy also benefits the environment and the construction project itself provides jobs and economic activity.  UB students will also enjoy a more comfortable environment.  This is terrific news for SUNY and we are very grateful to Governor Pataki and NYPA for their leadership in energy conservation.”

“This project used complementary technologies to save energy while improving the living environment for Goodyear Hall students.  New double pane, tinted windows will lower heating and cooling costs, while the new energy management system ensures the efficient use of energy,” said Eugene W. Zeltmann, president and chief executive officer of the Power Authority.

“The significant energy-efficient technologies to be utilized in Goodyear Hall mark a major step forward in the development of environmentally sustainable building strategies, and we are grateful to Governor Pataki and the New York Power Authority for supporting our efforts to implement sustainable solutions that protect the future of our environment,” said John Barclay Simpson, president, University at Buffalo, State University of New York.  “These efforts are key to the public service leadership for which the SUNY community is well known, and UB is proud to be part of the State University’s commitment to environmental advocacy leadership.”

Energy efficiency improvements at Goodyear Hall were installed in three phases which include: $5.7 million for heating system improvements; $2.7 million for new windows and $2.3 million for lighting, water conservation and air ventilation upgrades.  NYPA installed more than 300 specially designed energy-efficient windows in 200 rooms, including lounge areas and offices.  A special window film reduces glare and unwanted heat from sunlight as well as keeping rooms warmer during cold weather months. Other measures installed by NYPA, include upgrades to the heating system, replacement of steam radiators with hot water units, installation of new air handlers to increase the flow of fresh air throughout the building.

An automated energy-management system will enable prompt responses to heating requirements based upon weather conditions.  NYPA also reinforced the building’s electrical system providing lighting and air-conditioning improvements to the 10th floor lounge and offices, in addition to room occupancy sensors to automatically control lighting.  The various technologies employed by the Goodyear Hall project will help to conserve enough energy to reduce greenhouse emissions by almost 650 tons annually.

Across the state, NYPA energy services projects has helped SUNY facilities save more than $58 million annually while reducing electricity consumption 93 million kilowatt hour each year.  NYPA has completed 46 projects at 82 SUNY facilities.

The New York Power Authority is the nation’s largest state-owned power energy supplier, owning an operating the Niagara Power Project and other generation and transmission facilities across the Empire State.  NYPA it has committed more than $1.3 billion dollars to energy-efficiency programs across the state.