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SBU holds groundbreaking for new $40.8M computer science building

Stony Brook University, founded in 1957, is a

Stony Brook University, founded in 1957, is a public research university in Stony Brook on the North Shore of Long Island, and ranked in the top 100 public universities by the U.S. News & World Report, with about 25,000 students enrolled. (July 26, 2012) Credit: Brittany Wait

As part of the expansion of Stony Brook University's computer science department, the university held a groundbreaking recently to dedicate its new $40.8 million building.

The new 70,000-square-foot computer science facility, designed with sustainability goals, will be located between the current Computer Sciences building and the Light Engineering building.

The new building will host faculty and administrative offices, research and teaching laboratories, a teaching lab and conference areas. There also will be dedicated specialty research labs, more than a dozen general purpose labs, and plenty of office space for staff, faculty and postdoctoral students.

“The groundbreaking for this facility continues the University’s efforts to increase the number of computer scientists, engineers and researchers — clearly major areas that are key to the economy,” Stony Brook president Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr. said in a release. “It solidifies Stony Brook’s position as the eminent computer science program in New York State, and will prepare a high quality of talented computer scientists who will be ready to contribute to the growth and development of this region, indeed to the entire state of New York.”

The school’s computer science department is one of its largest and fastest growing departments, with nearly 700 undergraduate students and nearly 400 graduate students.

The building is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Among the sustainable design elements of the building are a stormwater reclamation system to capture rainwater to meet 100 percent of the building’s demand for potable water, serving efficient toilet fixtures while reducing the resulting stormwater runoff, and a curtain wall system and passive solar shading louvers to save energy.

The university also pledged to recycle at least half of the construction and demolition waste generated.

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