Work begins on clean energy dorm in Utica

May 9, 2019 GMT

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — Work has begun on an environmentally friendly dormitory at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s campus in Utica.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the start of construction Thursday.

When complete, the $33.5 million, energy efficient dorm will boast solar power generation, green spaces and a rain garden system to retain stormwater runoff. The 257-bed resident hall is designed to generate as much or more energy as it uses.

Cuomo says the innovative building is a “bold step” for the state university system and its efforts to reduce carbon emissions on its 64 campuses across New York.


Officials say the dorm is scheduled to open to students in August 2020.