Incubator Project Wins Prestigious ASHRAE Technology Award


Pathfinder Engineers & Architects has been selected by American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) for a first place 2019 Technology Award for its design of the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator, Binghamton, NY. Pathfinder provided high-performance mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering and enhanced commissioning for the building.  

The ASHRAE Technology Awards recognize outstanding achievements by members worldwide who have successfully applied innovative building design in the areas of occupant comfort, indoor air quality (IAQ) and energy conservation. These designs incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy management and IAQ.

Performance is proven through one year’s actual, verifiable operating data. A benchmark for efficiency is Energy Use Intensity (EUI), which expresses a building’s annual energy use relative to its gross square footage. Between June 2017 and May 2018, the EUI was 71 kBtu/sf/year, which is 50% lower than comparable laboratory buildings in LABs 21 benchmark database.

The award will be presented at the ASHRAE Winter Conference in Atlanta, GA, in January 2019. Six projects worldwide were selected for First Place Awards in six categories based on building type. All first-place awards in each category are automatically eligible for consideration for the "ASHRAE Award of Engineering Excellence."

The new three-story, 38,000 sq. ft. facility, which opened May 2017, provides labs and shared facilities for start-up companies, providing resources and promoting growth until these companies are strong enough to graduate from the incubator.  The facility includes eight wet labs, 10 dry labs, one high space area, 22 offices, and a common area known as “the sandbox.” Tenants have access to any available space, admission to all events hosted by the Incubator, and the ability to book the conference or event room.

The design team was led by Ashley McGraw Architects (Syracuse, NY).