The general architecture of the proposed GSA Office Facility is meant to fit into the existing community and provide a safe and comfortable environment for employees and visitors alike. The project, located on State Route 11 in Malone, New York, an ideal location due to its central location and easy access to main highways, restaurants and other community facilities.
The exterior material is primarily brick, chosen for its durability and its ease of maintenance. Windows in the building are punched openings spaced to allow a variety of interior room configurations while allowing natural light into every occupied space. The roof is a sloping roof with high solar reflectance architectural shingles to minimize heat gain in summer months. As the building is a single level structure, there is no space required for stairs, shafts or other vertical elements, thus allowing the tenant a greater level of flexibility to maximize use of interior space. The thermal envelope of the building is designed to be highly efficient and is insulated to levels that far exceed the minimum local code requirements.
The building is designed to achieve high levels of performance across the five major categories of sustainable design: Sustainable Site, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resource, and Indoor Environmental Quality. After project completion, the building will achieve LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council.