August 15, 2015
The U.S Green Building Council had awarded WCNY with highest certification level achievable in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) – LEED- Platinum (NC) Certified!
To date there are only 785 LEED-Platinum (NC) buildings in the world, only 37 of those buildings existing in the State of New York. The WCNY property includes cutting edge sustainable features that encompass; air quality, day lighting, solar, heat reduction, ventilation, flooring, restrooms, parking areas, rain gardens and equipment. The building also provides a healthy, comfortable work environment for our employees that increases productivity overall. WCNY Broadcast and Education Center is now a showcase for green design practice through building tours and community functions.
Located on the site of a former warehouse complex, the project involves the renovation of 28,000 square feet of existing space and the construction of 27,000 sq. ft. of new space, designed to meet LEED Gold standards. The building is located in Syracuse’s economically-distressed Near West Side, a neighborhood that has endured extensive disinvestment over the last 50 years. The site is in a Federal Empowerment Zone and a qualified low-income census tract that meets deeper distress criteria. The new Center will house WCNY, the regional public broadcasting affiliate in Central New York State and the City of Syracuse.
$20.4 Million Project Combined with Financing from Chase Bank
$11.1 Million NDC Qualified Equity Investment with additional NMTC allocation
from Enhanced Community Development
The Retention and/or Creation of 15 Permanent Jobs
The Creation of 300 Construction Jobs