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Rochester Institute of Technology Center for Urban Entrepreneurship

Rochester, New York

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Architecture, Design, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering/ESD



T.Y. Lin International (TYLI) was part of a team retained to create a Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE) at 40 Franklin Street in downtown Rochester, New York, for the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

Constructed in 1927, the building was originally the home of Rochester Savings Bank. The project brings RIT back to its downtown roots and brings new life to a National Historic Landmark. The original, wedge-shaped building features the Byzantine architectural style and offers one of the most stunning interior spaces in all of Rochester.

The CUE program is part of the Saunders School of Business and includes classrooms, meeting rooms, project spaces, academic support facilities, library/resource center, staff/faculty offices, and public spaces to support the program’s needs.

Project Highlights:

  • TYLI provided mechanical/electric/plumbing (MEP) engineering, structural engineering, and architectural support for the project.
  • TYLI had previously completed a condition assessment survey and report of the property. All new, fully addressable devices were designed to tie into an existing simplex Fire Alarm Control Panel (FACP).
  • TYLI assisted RIT in completing all necessary documentation to apply for New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) rebates relative to a variety of new equipment being provided in the building. The application was submitted to NYSERDA on behalf of the client.
Reshaping Rochester Robert Macon Award for Urban Innovation, Honorable Mention, 2016
Community Design Center Rochester (CDCR)