Daemen College Receives Second Gold LEED Certification

Haberman Gacioch Center for Visual & Performing Arts at Daemen College Receives Gold LEED Certification


February 8, 2013



Contact:  Mike Andrei

                 Director-College Relations




            The Haberman Gacioch Center for Visual & Performing Arts at Daemen College has received Gold LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, recognizing state-of-the-art environmental design.


            This is the second Gold LEED Certification awarded to a structure on the Daemen College campus. The Daemen Research & Information Commons, which opened in January, 2009, received Gold LEED status in 2010.


Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED certification designates Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED certification provides a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance, addressing the entire lifecycle of a building. LEED projects have been successfully established in 135 countries.


            “We are pleased to bring a second Gold Certified LEED building to the Daemen College campus and to the Town of Amherst,” said Daemen President Dr. Gary A. Olson. “We are committed to the principles of sustainability. We want to lead by example.”


The energy-efficient, environmentally friendly Haberman Gacioch Center utilizes ‘green’ technology, geothermal heating, and reuses existing space without expanding the College’s footprint.


“One of the Center's goals was to provide the physical space for our faculty and students to implement the design process in new ways,” said Dr. Laura Sommer, director of visual & performing arts at Daemen. “It is fitting that the Center is also an example of environmental leadership, having received Gold LEED recognition.”


Inspired by the late Jeanne File, OSF, who established the Art Department at the former Rosary Hill College more than six decades ago, the $5.4 million Haberman Gacioch Center is designed to meet the demands of growing enrollment in the arts programs at Daemen, bringing the arts together in one campus location.


The Center is equipped with an interactive performance/lecture space with seating for 50, featuring high-resolution projection and state-of-the-art smart board technology. The Center also features flexible studio space allowing for studio instruction and theatrical space, with moveable walls making it possible to transform one large studio into three smaller ones. A second floor, dedicated to graphic design, will house large, open production space as well as computer labs and faculty offices. 


About Nancy Haberman Gacioch


            The Haberman Gacioch Center for Visual & Performing Arts at Daemen College opened with a naming gift from Nancy Haberman Gacioch, a member of the Rosary Hill College Class of ’62, her husband, Bill, and their family.


Haberman Gacioch studied social studies and economics at the former Rosary Hill College. In addition to her support for the arts at Daemen, she has also funded an endowed scholarship for women in business, provided funding for a new lecture series in the area of business entrepreneurship, and an interdisciplinary minor in entrepreneurship.


Widely known for their philanthropy in Buffalo and Erie County, Nancy and Bill Gacioch have had great success in growing National Property Management Associates (NPMA), a business that employs 300 people and provides housing for over 20,000 tenants around the country. National Property Management Associates was founded by Bill Gacioch more than 45 years ago and is now headquartered in Orchard Park.

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