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  New York State D.O.T. Region One Headquarters, Page 40New York State D.O.T. Region One Headquarters

162 Jay Street, Schenectady, NY 12305

54 State Street, Albany, NY 12207

Schenectady, New York
Total Square Feet: 125,000
Construction Period: Sep 2001 to Feb 2003 

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Almy & Associates Consulting Engineers - 238 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502
ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Plumb Engineering PC Consulting Engineers - 4 Wolfert Avenue, Albany, NY 12204
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Synthesis LLP - 162 Jay Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
COST ESTIMATOR: Turner Construction Company - 54 State Street, Albany, NY 12207

Synthesis LLP was the lead design consultant for the construction of the new $20 million regional headquarters for the New York State Department of Transportation in downtown Schenectady. Synthesis worked with NYS Office of General Services (OGS) team leaders, Turner Construction Company, and AJS Masonry, Inc. to develop a state-of-the-art design solution that is integrated with the traditional city fabric. The building replaces historic buildings that were unsuitable for reuse and there was significant interest in creating a building that would be sensitive to its central downtown core location. The 125,000-square-foot, fourstory office building is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED(R) Certified Silver level "green building." The design uses locally produced construction materials and a high degree of detail and craft.

The building respects traditional building structure by using base, middle and top proportions. The cast stone base at the ground floor enframes glass bays that provide a high level of transparency, create pedestrian comfort, and allow the entrance of natural light. The brick upper floors are modulated to create character at each level and are interlaced with cast stone to cap the building. The fourinch deep full-height pilasters, at 30 feet, express the steel structure of the building and traditional building widths. The building maintains its depth and detailing even at night with carefully designed lighting.

The building exhibits a high degree of quality materials and craftsmanship. Brick and cast stone are woven together to create a richly textured building. The building uses a red wire struck "FBS" clay brick that showcases diverse brick laying techniques. Included are true brick arches, saw-tooth panels, rowlock coursing, soldier courses, header courses, stack bonds and striations. The cast stone uses 10-inch returns at the ground floor window bays to create building depth. Offset bands of cast stone create horizontal modulation and deep striations with beveled edges to create significant building shadows. Cast stone inset panels, sills and accents highlight the intricate brick detailing. The cast stone is engraved at the main building corner with primary street names and an engraved cornerstone at the entry marks the completion of the building and pays tribute to the design professionals and construction team.

Synthesis enjoyed working with high-class craftsman to create this quality urban anchor. The D.O.T Region One Headquarters is a sophisticated union of traditional craft and state-ofthe art building techniques.

DIV 07:
Membrane: Firestone.
DIV 09: Acoustical Treatment: Armstrong; VCT: Armstrong; Carpet: Lees.
DIV 14: Elevators: Otis.

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