University of Albany – Center for Environmental Sciences and Technology (CESTM)

Albany, New York

Quick Facts: 

Client: University of Albany

Market: Academic

Size: 75,000 gsf

Services: Architecture, Interiors

Photographer: Jeff Goldberg – Esto

Project Team: Michael Winstanley – Design Architect, Cannon Design – Architect of Record


First Prize, Invited Competition, University of Albany

First Award for Excellence in Design, American Institute of Architects – Western New York Chapter

100 Best Buildings in the State of New York in the Last 100 Years – AIA, New York State Chapter

First Prize, Metal Architecture Design Awards

Integrator Award, Construction Specifier

The State of New York created Center for Environmental Sciences and Technology (“CESTM”) as a technology transfer facility. The CESTM facility houses laboratories, administrative offices, a business incubator, and the National Weather Service. Most of the research programs in the facility are dedicated to the investigations of the environment, including the nationally renowned Atmospheric Science Research Center.

Designed with an approach to environmentally sensitive architecture, the building incorporates one of the largest photovoltaic energy systems in the United States.

It has been featured in World Architecture magazine and has won a design award from the American Institute for Architects. Most recently, CESTM was awarded one of three national design awards from

Consulting-Specifier Engineer magazine for its innovation in architecture and engineering integration.

Michael Winstanley AIA AICP was the Design Principal for this project while he was a Vice President and Design Leader at Cannon Design.