Union Theological Seminary Project Wins ACEC NY Platinum Award

Loring is excited to announce that our Union Theological Seminary project has received a 2022-2023 Platinum ACEC New York Engineering Excellence Award (EEA) in the Building/Technology Systems category.

The Union Theological Seminary is the oldest independent seminary in the United States. Its New York City campus consists of twelve buildings built circa 1910 in the collegiate Gothic style. A campus-wide Renewal Plan/Master Plan was developed to provide a mission-driven renovation to reinvigorate this treasured institution for current and future generations of students and faculty. At the core of this program was the delivery of state-of-the-art, energy-efficient, and sustainable mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and information technology systems to provide thermal comfort and modern amenities while preserving the historic architecture of the campus. The first phase included the renovation and revitalization of the main residential building, Hastings Hall, an 85,000-sf, 7-story, 130-bed facility. The new central utility plant incorporates high-efficiency (95%+) condensing boilers and ultra-high-efficiency water-cooled magnetic bearing chillers, coupled with new control systems that optimize energy performance and provide 30% energy savings while reducing the carbon footprint. The project was designed to achieve LEED Gold certification and was completed on time and on budget, despite construction occurring amidst the pandemic.

ACEC New York will honor the EEA Award recipients at the ACEC New York EEA Awards Gala on March 24, 2023. Thank you to Columbia University, Union Theological Seminary, and Beyer Blinder Belle for allowing us to be a part of their project team and congratulations to all the award recipients!

“The completion of Phase 1 accomplished the overall mission of the project–to provide UTS with a state-of-the-art facility that met sustainability goals, exceeded energy performance goals, and provides students and faculty with a modern, comfortable building that respects the treasured historic architecture,” says Steven J. Kenah, PE, President and Principal-in-Charge of the project.

For more information on the ACEC New York Engineering Excellence Awards and this year’s winners, visit ACEC New York. Click here for additional information on the Union Theological Seminary project on our website.