The Daniel and Gayle D’Aniello Building, home to the National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC) at Syracuse University has won a Jeffrey J. Zogg Build NY Award from the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of New York State.

LeChase was CM-at-Risk for the 114,000-SF, three-story building. A first-of-its-kind facility, NVRC is a center for research and programs aimed at enhancing the lives of our nation’s veterans and their families. It will also serve as a community hub for student-veterans and the entire Syracuse University campus.

The project involved construction of many unique design elements, including a full glass façade with decorative aluminum fins on the top floor, as well as a rooftop parade grounds. Inside, a towering tree-like feature wall – made up of 8,400 individual planks – arches across the ceiling outside of the Center’s auditorium. An extensive series of ramps in the Center enables visitors to move between the entrances and the upper-level of the auditorium without use of stairs or an elevator.

The NVRC was among six winning entries in this year’s 30th annual Build New York Awards competition. A nine-member jury of industry peers selected the winners based on outstanding managing skills, imagination, overcoming challenging and unusual circumstances, scheduling accomplishments and project innovation. Winning projects will be honored at an event next spring.