LeChase Construction Member Spotlight

LeChase Construction is a full-service construction manager and general contractor that has constructed hundreds of buildings for clients throughout New York State, the eastern United States and as far away as the United Kingdom and Brazil.  Headquartered in Rochester, LeChase has offices in Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Corning, Ithaca and Syracuse as well as in Mansfield, Pa., and Charlotte and Durham, N.C. The 70-year-old firm is well recognized for its strong commitment to superior quality, innovative solutions and safe practices, and is one of the nation’s top contractors with annual revenues exceeding nearly $700 million.

LeChase provides a range of services on projects of all sizes that include construction management, general construction, design-build, facilities management, development and preconstruction consulting. The company has a strong commitment to the community on the global, national, regional and local level, and has a strong sense of responsibility to demonstrate leadership in providing projects that meet and exceed its clients’ expectations, optimize energy efficiency, provide creative use and reuse of resources, and seek to protect and enhance the environment.

As an active member of the United States Green Building Council, LeChase is well–versed in the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification process, a green-building rating system based on “credits” that can earn building Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum ratings. LeChase is also a participant of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Partner Program and actively works with NYSERDA.

“The Power and Energy market is an important one for LeChase. It’s imperative that we stay current on trends and technology, and our membership in NY-BEST allows us to do that in this important segment of this market,” says Stephen C. Beck, LEED AP BD & C, LeChase Construction Services chief sustainability officer/director of science &technology.

LeChase has been involved in LEED building projects throughout New York State and elsewhere.  One of its most celebrated projects is the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) building at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  The Institute wanted a “signature building” that would serve as a living laboratory for scientific discovery and experimental learning, a place where students could focus on developing and introducing sustainable technologies for manufacturing, transportation, energy production and construction that could serve as the Western Gateway to RIT.

Under a design-build contract, SWBR Architects, FXFOWLE and LeChase partnered to create the 84,000-square foot, four-story building. The facility contains integration laboratories and support laboratories as well as spaces for collaboration and computing to support eco-IT, sustainable products and production systems, sustainable energy, sustainable mobility and system sustainability. The Golisano Institute for Sustainability is among the first in the world to offer a Ph.D. program in sustainability.

The building itself, awarded for LEED® Platinum, is also a demonstration of sustainable technology, incorporating transparent infrastructure, a smart microgrid and a computing data center so that visitors can see firsthand the use of sustainable building technologies and energy systems. The building is a meaningful part of the GIS curriculum, incorporating sustainable technologies throughout all areas of the building, from the solar panel array on the soaring canopy to the vertical wind turbines located near the entrance. Additional features of the building include a 3,300-square foot vegetated roof, a 40-foot green wall, a 400 kW fuel cell, geothermal well system and a building microgrid that integrates many of the building energy systems to explore and test energy storage, supply, demand and distribution methodologies. Real-time energy data is displayed on a building dashboard system.

The GIS building has received multiple awards, including a 2014 National Award of Excellence from the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) and a Green Project award for the best in its region by Engineering News Record.

Other LEED-certified building projects for LeChase include the TEC-SMART building at Hudson Valley Community College, the Center for Excellence at Syracuse University, the Human Ecology Building at Cornell, the Golub Corporation’s corporate headquarters and the Monroe County Crime Lab. These are just a few of many projects in sustainable and environmentally responsible building projects at LeChase.

Over the past several years, LeChase has developed the proprietary Total Building Envelope (TBE) performance process to address a large gap in the commissioning of new and existing buildings. The TBE performance process is a means to control energy, protect the indoor environmental quality, reduce damage from moisture and deliver a superior building.TBE is a "best practices approach" to testing a building envelope as a system and uses specialized methodologies, apparatus and analysis tools to quantify air leakage, moisture penetration and energy losses for small and large buildings (new and existing). Beyond the analysis, which includes a detailed report output and images, the LeChase team can recommend solutions to tighten a facility, eliminate moisture issues and capture energy savings.

LeChase Construction is a company committed to building strong partnerships with customers, employees and communities through safety, quality, innovation and values. Since Raymond F. LeChase founded LeChase Construction in 1944, the LeChase name has been synonymous with building construction.