A brick building with a brick walkway.
A building with a metal frame.
A building with a brick patio.
A garden with many plants.
A hallway with a glass door.
A room with chairs and tables.
A room with chairs and a screen.
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The Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries

Beacon, New York

The Beacon Institute’s global center for the study and conservation of waterways is housed in this LEED® Gold adaptive reuse project on the banks of the Hudson River. In repurposing and expanding a 19th Century brickworks, Gensler took a “whole building” design approach to integrate green and comprehensive IT and AV  technologies into the center. The resulting spaces are both a catalyst for the Institute’s mission and a living laboratory for testing and implementing sustainable building systems, including geothermal tempering, natural ventilation, and a green roof and composting toilets. The facility also supports exhibitions about the center, global research and remote learning.