Peggy Ryan Williams Center

Visitors to our Office of Admission and other offices in the Peggy Ryan Willams Center (PRWC) are treated to stunning views of Cayuga Lake. It is the second campus facility designed to achieve platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

PRWC houses our Office of Admission, as well as the Offices of the President, the Provost, the Registrar, Student Financial Services, and Human Resources. It is also home of the Division of Enrollment and other administrative offices.

This state-of-the-art facility received LEED Platinum certification in late 2010, joining Yale University as one of only two academic institutions in the world to have two such buildings on campus. Over 50 percent of the energy in the building comes from renewable sources, with a geothermal system using the Earth’s relatively consistent temperature to provide heating and cooling. Other sustainable features of the building include:

• Nearly 6,500 square feet of vegetated roof area to replace land taken by the building, reducing airborne pollutants and adding oxygen to the atmosphere.

• Natural convection ventilation that pre-cools the atrium at the start of each day by drawing cooler night air across a shade garden on the north side of the building and releasing warmer air out the light monitor four stories above.

• Sensors that control light fixtures and mechanical ventilation based on natural light levels and occupancy to reduce their use and conserve electricity.

• A 12,000-gallon tank below the garden that collects rainwater from the roof, serving over 85 percent of the building’s yearly water needs.