Construction is underway at the State University of New York (SUNY) for “Broadview,” a new senior living community at Purchase College. This unique development project in Purchase, NY aims to engage both senior citizens and college students in a diverse learning community that crosses the generational divide to benefit lifelong learners at different stages of life. LAN was retained to provide mechanical and plumbing engineering and LEED design services for the new facility, which recently broke ground, and is set to open in 2023.
LAN worked alongside Hord Coplan Macht (HCM) Architects out of Baltimore, MD to join the new facility with the existing college campus through a hub that will provide students with new forms of mentoring, tutoring, and guest lecturing. Set in the wooded and parkland acreage of Purchase College, Broadview’s goal is to keep residents engaged with campus academic and athletic functions while providing students with space for career training and professional engagement.
(Images courtesy of HCM Architects)
A Learning Commons was designed as the center point and multipurpose gathering space for residents and students. It is envisioned as a lively and collaborative area that will be the life of the campus. The expansive attractions within the Clubhouse include classrooms, learning labs, a theater, game rooms, wellness centers, a coffeehouse, dining areas, and more. The phased project will also include two mid-rise buildings constructed for independent living apartments, an assisted living and memory care building, as well as private villas, and outdoor gathering spaces.
A major goal of the project was to implement green design strategies for sustainable building construction and site development. The project will pursue LEED-silver certification, focusing on reducing energy consumption, as well as operating and maintenance costs.
“Innovation is at the heart of Broadview’s concept, and the facility’s approach to energy efficiency follows the same path,” said LAN Associates Vice President and Project Manager, Tom Wighard. “In pursuit of a LEED-silver certification we implemented energy recovery ventilation in every apartment, Clubhouse HVAC system, LED lighting, high efficiency water heaters, ENERGY STAR appliances, WaterSense plumbing fixtures, and a host of other measures to meet the LEED requirements.”
The campus plan also incorporates traditional university grounds features like outdoor green spaces that are integrated to complement and enhance the natural beauty of the suburban campus. The proposed housing is for residents ages 62 and older and is located on 40 acres within the 500-acre campus.
Active construction on Broadview began in December 2021, and the project is expected to be completed in late 2023. LAN is currently providing Construction Administration services for the project.