Researchers at University of Rochester “See the Light” in Francis Cauffman’s LEED Gold Building

Researchers at University of Rochester “See the Light” in Francis Cauffman’s LEED Gold Building

March 8, 2012 Download PDF


The University of Rochester’s Saunders Research Building is the architecture firm’s latest medical research building to achieve LEED Gold certification status with a design that promotes collaboration.

Rochester, NY – The University of Rochester’s new Saunders Research Building has achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), making it the first LEED-certified building on the campus. Architecture firm Francis Cauffman designed the 200,000-sq.-ft. facility for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) to bring researchers and clinicians together under the same roof, accelerating the translation of breakthrough medical discoveries into effective clinical treatments.

The state-of-the-art research facility puts a cool new twist on the traditional research environment. No longer are scientists and researchers to be found in dark, windowless laboratories. Instead, at the Saunders Research Building, occupants enjoy sun-drenched, open workspaces that promote teamwork as they perform vital research projects. Francis Cauffman used its experience at the University of Buffalo in designing sustainable team-oriented research facilities. The design team for the LEED Silver Buffalo Life Sciences Complex also integrated computational research facilities and traditional lab space with collaborative areas.

“Research medical facilities are not easy candidates for LEED certification as they use a lot of energy 24/7. A LEED Gold rating is a major step forward for the University of Rochester’s commitment to being green,” said James Crispino, president of Francis Cauffman and principal-in-charge of the project. “We also wanted to promote an exchange of ideas between scientists by designing an environment with common spaces and clusters of seating arrangements for meetings.”

Workstations for the eleven research departments are located along the building perimeter, and walls of enclosed offices and meeting rooms are made of glass in order to maximize the use of natural daylight throughout the facility. Additionally, each floor has an open common area where researchers and clinicians can come together to discuss the latest developments in an intimate environment.

In addition to achieving LEED Gold certification, the Saunders Research Building uses energy reduction measures in order to participate in the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) program for energy conservation, which provides assistance for sustainable building practices.





About the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

The University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is a national leader in the expanding field of clinical and translational research. With funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the CTSI brings together scientists and physicians at the University of Rochester and upstate New York to collaborate on innovative research in order to accelerate the process of developing new preventive interventions, diagnostic procedures, and treatments.


About Francis Cauffman Architects

Francis Cauffman, an award-winning architecture firm with offices in New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C., has supported its clients since 1954 with innovative architecture, planning, and interior design services. The practice is recognized for being on the leading edge of new investigations in healthcare, academic research and teaching, corporate research, and corporate and advanced technology. Francis Cauffman has a staff of 130 architects, planners, and interior designers and is active in 20 states and three countries. Francis Cauffman’s clients include GlaxoSmithKline, McNeil Nutritionals, LifeCell Corporation, John Hopkins Hospital, North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP, and Morris James LLP.



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