University at Albany, Liberty Terrace

Albany, New York

This project involved the design and construction of Liberty Terrace, a 500-bedroom apartment-style student housing complex on a 20-acre site. The project was on an aggressive two-phased, two-year schedule, which required working on both phases simultaneously, without disrupting the University’s daily operations.

MJ’s design relocated the existing roadway which resulted in increased safety for pedestrians and improved visibility for drivers. MJ designed pathways, site grading, utilities, and lighting.

A landscaped berm was incorporated into the design between the campus and adjacent property owners to provide a visual screen and to reduce noise and flooding concerns. MJ’s landscape design utilized native plants.

MJ was responsible for stormwater design and permitting, development of a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, drainage design, and soil erosion control. MJ designed detention ponds to collect rainwater, preventing it from entering an over-burdened sewer system.

MJ was responsible for coordinating and determining LEED criteria for the University’s first LEED Gold certified facility.

MJ received the 2013 Platinum Award for Engineering Excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for this project.