NTID students and RIT buildings recognized by Henrietta Chamber

Two buildings on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus as well as students in the arts and imaging studies program at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf were among the best local businesses, individuals and organizations recognized Wednesday by the Henrietta Chamber of Commerce during their Community of Excellence Awards celebration, held at Locust Hill Country Club.

The awards are intended to recognize those that have made significant and long lasting contributions to business and to the quality of life in Henrietta.

Students from the arts and imaging studies department at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf were given a Special Achievement Award for their work on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce by designing the cover of their business directory.

Students in Katherine Olsen’s Publication Design class submitted a variety of entries for consideration for the directory cover. Finalists were submitted by Maira Loa of Central Point, Ore. (hers was chosen); Heather Mattman of New Glarus, Wis.; and Gerardo Maldonado of Bryan, Texas. All are arts and imaging studies majors.

RIT’s Golisano Institute of Sustainability and University Services Center and Student Innovation Hall received an award for “Outstanding Facility Design, Construction, Maintenance” based on both their extraordinary architectural style and highly functional design.

Construction of the 54,000-square-foot University Services Center and Student Innovation Hall began in 2009. The office area is designed for maximum flexibility, featuring a furniture layout specifically chosen to promote collaboration and communication. The innovation center is a circular, glass-enclosed area that makes use of movable walls and modular furniture to adapt the space to a range of presentations and project-development needs. In 2010, the center received LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Also at RIT, the latest in green technology is incorporated into every inch of the 84,000-square-foot Golisano Institute for Sustainability. The building is designed to be 56 percent more efficient than a standard building; it has consumed only about one-third of the electricity it has generated during the past year. The remaining electricity is fed into the campus grid for use in other campus facilities. In addition, more than half of the building’s water needs have been met using recaptured rainwater stored in a 1,700-gallon tank in the building’s basement.

The Henrietta Chamber of Commerce has served the Henrietta business community since 1971, providing its members with valuable tools to help grow their organizations. The Henrietta Chamber of Commerce enjoys a close working relationship with the town of Henrietta and works diligently to help our local businesses thrive.