Awards & Accolades

A list of distinguished awards and accolades recognizing our Facilities Management Department's hard work and outstanding staff.

Facilities Management Honored by Disability Resource Center for "Outstanding Service to Students with Disabilities" – April 2015

The Facilities Management Office received recognition by the Disability Resource Center on April 8, 2015 for its dedicated work through the extremely harsh 2014-15 winter, braving extremely cold temperatures and snow conditions, keeping handicapped accessible paths and parking spaces clear of snow and ice. February 2015 was particularly brutal, the second coldest on record, with an average daily temperature of 12.7 degrees.

Accepting the award was Nancy Dame, Assistant Director of Physical Plant and Supervisor of Grounds. The Grounds Department and the Custodial Department, along with Mechanical Repair and Vehicle Operations, bear the brunt the snow and ice work and very capably handle the challenge of a 420 acre, 155 building campus, with over 7,200 parking spaces and 11 miles of roadways.

University Auxiliary Service at Albany presented the Office of Physical Plant with a certificate:


UA Facilities Management demonstrated exceptional commitment to UAS, UAS corporate partners and to the University community in providing community-wide support and access to UAS facilities during difficult and extreme weather conditions and on multiple occasions. The award certificate can be viewed here.

Merit Citation Earned at 2014 American Institute of Architects - Eastern New York Design Awards for Service Building A

CSArch Architecture/Engineering/Construction Management received a Merit Award in the Renovation / Addition / Adaptive Reuse category at the annual design awards ceremony held in Troy NY. The event, which recognizes design excellence within the local built environment, took place Thursday, February 19, 2015 at The Arts Center of the Capital Region.

The Design Awards Jury comments: "Clean, simple and purposeful; Nice use of light to foster collaboration; Very utilitarian and practical."

UAlbany Facilities Management's own architects, engineers and other staff worked hand-in-hand with the CSArch team to transform the fifty-year old building into a new vibrant and highly functional space. The project attained LEED Silver certification which was awarded in late 2014.

Additional information about this project can be found on the Design Presentation Board or on the CSArch project page.

Facilities Management received the Gender Warrior Award at 2013 Annual Lavendar Graduation Ceremony

The award was received for outstanding service to UAlbany and the concepts of Gender Inclusive Spaces. The Office of Facilities Management has worked with other campus units to provide Gender Neutral toilet facilities in campus buildings. The Lavender awards celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Allied Faculty, Staff, and Students for their work in promoting LGBTQ Equity. The Awards are particularly special because they are chosen by LGBTQ and Allied students, faculty, and staff to recognize other student, faculty and staff contributions to the LGBTQ diversity at UAlbany.

Business Building named 'Fourth Most Beautiful in the World'

According to an online survey from, UAlbany's School of Business is the 'fourth most beautiful business school in the world'.

To learn more about the new business building project and see some photos throughout the different stages of the project, visit our featured project page.

Read the news release here.

Liberty Terrace project wins two 2013 ACEC Engineering Excellence awards

The Liberty Terrace project wins a Platinum Award, for engineering design services, and a Diamond Award, for modernizing the Univeristy's GIS database.

The Liberty Terrace project, which debuted in August 2012, involved the design and construction of two, five-story buildings on a 20-acre site. The 500-bedroom, 200,000-square-foot, apartment-style student housing complex was the university's first certified LEED Gold facility. The project was on an aggressive two-phase, two-year schedule, which required working on both phases simultaneously without disrupting the university's daily operations. It entailed full site/civil design, bid document preparation and construction administration services.

The Diamond Award is ACEC’s highest award. On the University at Albany GIS project, the latest technologies available were used to survey, including Real Time Kinematic (RTK) GPS locating and 3D laser scanning, as well as traditional survey methods. This complex project required using different technologies and making them work together to create a highly functional database.

Liberty Terrace was built smart and utilizes renewable energy.

As part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's "Build Smart NY", University at Albany initializes new energy efficient projects

New energy efficiency projects at University at Albany, undertaken in collaboration with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), will save the university approximately $704,000 in energy costs and eliminate more than 4,100 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. Read more...

UAlbany's Custodial Department Obtains Diversey's HHPC GREENGUARD Certification

As part of UAlbany's Sustainability Initiative and in accordance with NYS Executive Order 134, our custodial department has achieved Diversey's Healthy High Performance Cleaning (HHPC) GREENGUARD certification. If you would like to learn more about Facilities' Green Cleaning Initiative, please visit our Green Cleaning page.

The Acknowledgement Award — December 2012

The Brothers of Lambda Sigma Upsilon Fraternity, Inc. and MALIK Fraternity, Inc. recognizes our Custodial department for exceptional service.

Husted Hall: NYSERDA High Performance Building Certification — September 2012

Husted Hall qualified for NYSERDA’s High Performance Building certification by achieving energy cost reductions of 30% or higher over the ASHRAE 90.1-04 code baseline.

Husted Hall Rehabilitation: LEED for New Construction Silver Certification — June 2012

Husted Hall became the first building on campus to receive LEED-NC Silver certification for incorporating various energy and sustainability elements in the design and construction of the building.

New York State Environmental Excellence Award 2011 — December 2011

University at Albany received the award from NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) for its “You’ve Got the Power to Conserve” program that engaged the campus community in energy efficient and environmentally responsible actions including the Intersession Energy Initiative and Fall Energy Campaigns.