View’s Commitment to Environmental Stewardship
View targeted environmental stewardship as a core mission of the new building project. To that end, the Center chose to register the project under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building rating system, and partnered with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to develop the project.
The project sought, to the greatest extent possible, to minimize its impact on the environment through all aspects of its development including design, construction, and occupancy. Additionally, a state-of-the-art Geo-Thermal Energy system is used to heat and cool the building. The geo-thermal pumps are powered in part by photovoltaic panels on the roof of View’s workshop wing.
Utilization of the system represents a 50% reduction in cost from conventional oil and gas systems with an expected payback in less than 8 years. The entire building is backed up with a 250 KW generator in the event of a local power outage.
In October 2011, View received official notice that it had satisfied the requirements for Silver LEED certification.
The exterior construction of the building utilizes eco-star recycled rubber roofing, composite wood fiber siding and a natural stone veneer. The interior of the building features a two-story exposed timber reception area and large bright galleries with hardwood flooring throughout.