SUNY Albany Podium Skylight Additions to E.D. Stone Pavilions / 2011

ArchitectRobert Siegel Architects

Structural EngineerAnastos Engineering

Services EngineerAdelaide Environmental Health

ContractorSano-Rubin Construction Services

Façade ContractorNovum Structures LLC

These skylight additions to the historic Edward Durrell Stone pavilions at the University at Albany’s uptown campus, feature innovative pneumatic ETFE clad domes, supported by architecturally exposed structural steel frames. The use of ETFE foil has many advantages over traditional glass skylights, such as a higher span-to-weight ratio, high thermal and shading performance, and a low-maintenance finish, while still maintaining high daylight transmission. The domes incorporate operable panels, integrated fall arrest systems, plenum supply, and condensate gutters. Front collaborated with Robert Siegel Architects from schematic design through construction administration on the skylight additions, which were designed to cover unfinished apertures in Stone’s original 1963 campus design.