Purchase College is set on a 500-acre campus in Purchase, NY. The campus consists of 46 buildings totaling over 2.3 million square feet.
There are approximately 4,000 students and over 500 faculty and staff. The first building completed was the Neuberger Museum in 1971. Most of the academic buildings were completed by 1978. There are five residences/apartments buildings housing over 2,500 students. The most recent residence hall was finished in 2006.
The college renovated the Durst Family Humanities building in 2015 to become the college’s first Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified building. LEED buildings focus on reducing building(s) environmental impact, increasing water and energy efficiency, building with sustainable materials while improving indoor air quality of its occupants. The college is dedicated to create new construction projects to be designed to at least LEED Silver standards and updating existing buildings with more energy efficient technology.
The college is in the process of building two new LEED buildings. The first one is an academic building which will be used for new media, film and theater students while the second building will be additional student housing. The academic building is being designed to LEED Gold standards, the second highest designation possible. Both buildings will feature many sustainable attributes such recycled building materials, rain gardens and solar panels to meet LEED certification standards.