University at Albany, Albany, New York
Empire Commons is a 25 building, 1,196 bed student housing community at the western edge of the State University of New York’s Albany campus. Saratoga Associates provided planning, site design, landscape architecture and civil engineering services for this state-of-the-art residential project.
The site concept and circulation system relates strongly to the main body of the campus. Integrated bus stops offer convenient connection to campus and city destinations and the human scale streetscape creates a comfortable and safe pedestrian and bicycle connections with the campus center. Building setbacks, sidewalks, and streetscape elements offer an urban experience along the front of the residential complex, while interior courtyards convey a more personal and quiet experience.
Saratoga Associates’ services included the design of a water distribution system for domestic and fire, sanitary sewers, stormwater management, site layout, planting design, and lighting.