Niagara University's B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences was recently presented with the 2014 Sustainability Award from the Greater Buffalo Building Owners & Managers Association.
The presentation took place during the association's annual awards luncheon Sept. 17 at Acqua Restaurant in Buffalo. More than 80 BOMA members and colleagues attended to celebrate the outstanding performance of commercial real estate professionals and companies in eight categories.
The state-of-the-art, $33 million Golisano Center opened to Niagara University faculty and students at the beginning of the fall 2013 semester. Earlier this year, it earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification - Gold Rating from the United States Green Building Council.
"The Golisano Center is another in the growing line of facilities in Western New York that put sustainability high on the list of design criteria," said Jennifer Aiple, BOMA executive director.
The BOMA awards represent both the companies that help grow the Buffalo region by developing or renovating commercial buildings, creating jobs and servicing their tenants, and also the individuals who excel in their jobs and contribute to the success of their companies.
Greater Buffalo BOMA is a not-for-profit trade association providing an array of services to commercial property professionals, including education, networking opportunities, benchmarking data, legislative and regulatory advocacy and professional development. Greater Buffalo BOMA's membership consists of more than 100 real estate professionals, including building owners, facility managers and developers, as well as companies that provide services and supplies to the industry. Greater Buffalo BOMA is a federated chapter of BOMA International. Learn more at www.bomabuffalo.com.
In April, Niagara was named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada by The Princeton Review. The guide's profile on Niagara says the school "has outlined a thorough set of goals that include developing new sustainability-related educational programs, environmentally responsible practices, energy conservation, recycling, green building project initiatives, and a conscientious self-evaluation of what Niagara is doing to protect the environment."
The Golisano Center was made possible by a $10 million lead commitment from B. Thomas Golisano, a philanthropist and the Paychex chairman.
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