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Kaplan Hall and the Rowley Center: The Greening of SUNY Orange's Latest New Buildings.

Within a three and one-half year period SUNY Orange opened the doors to two new state-of-the-arts buildings, Kaplan Hall on the Newburgh campus in January 2011 and the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering on the Middletown campus in August 2014. Both are sustainable, green buildings that have been designated with LEED® Gold Certification by the United States Green Building Council. Both buildings were designed by the same architectural firm, JMZ Architects and Planners of Glens Falls, N.Y.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m., the president and vice-president of the firm, Tenée R. Casaccio, AIA, and Kristin G. Schmitt, AIA, respectively, will speak on the planning and design of these two buildings as well as green building technology of the 21st Century in a lecture entitled Kaplan Hall and the Rowley Center: The Greening of SUNY Orange’s Latest New Buildings.

During the presentation, they will explain how a building is constructed to meet the LEED requirements established by the U.S. Green Building Council and what specifically is LEED-certified and LEED-accredited. According to the USGBC, “LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.”

Architects and engineers will receive a certificate for one PDH-CEU for lecture attendance. This event is free and open to the public and is presented in collaboration with SUNY Orange Architectural Technology.

The architects and planners of JMZ specialize in architectural design services for colleges and universities throughout the country. They devote all of their energy and talent to “Shaping the Future of Higher Education.” Therefore, part of the program will be devoted to examining the sustainable education features incorporated into the Rowley Center. Casaccio and Schmitt will also point out key sustainable elements in both the Rowley Center and Kaplan Hall.

Schmitt has consistently created vibrant, exciting designs for JMZ’s college clients. As a LEED Accredited Professional, sustainability is an integral part of Schmitt’s design approach. She served as project manager and design architect for the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering, and, therefore, knows first-hand all the features and elements in this 107,000 square-foot building.

JMZ began collaborating with SUNY Orange in 1996 and has since drafted three facilities master plans and designed all of the College’s major capital projects at the Middletown and Newburgh Campuses. The firm is a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) certified in New York and several other states. As president of JMZ, Casaccio has led all of the firm’s work with SUNY Orange.

Free parking is available in the Middletown campus parking garage as well as the campus parking lots. Questions may be directed to and (845) 341-4891. Also, see website

Event date, time and location.

Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs