New Look on Harrison Street

in Green Projects

For nearly two decades, the OnCenter has been the premiere venue for entertainment in the City of Syracuse. From concerts, to expos, business conventions and tradeshows, the OnCenter has earned a reputation as the preferred location for special events throughout the region. This lofty distinction has made the OnCenter a staple in the Central New York region. Today, the OnCenter can point to another unique distinction. Recent improvements have made the OnCenter campus a model of sustainability. The recently completed Harrison green street gateway project gives the complex a new greener footprint.

The retrofit project, along the 300 block of Harrison Street, features the installation of a new sidewalk planter that uses bio-retention and street trees to capture storm water runoff from the adjacent roadway. The new street line also offers an aesthetic change and look to the street. Before, concrete and sidewalk dominated the landscape. Now, the green improvements offer a softer sight line to the block.

In addition to the improvements along Harrison Street, the OnCenter Complex features several examples of green infrastructure enhancements. The surface parking lot across the street from the Center was completely renovated using a combination of porous asphalt, bio-retention and enhanced landscaping features. The parking garage is currently under construction with the installation of several rain garden systems that will capture storm water from the roof of the garage. The signature piece of the OnCenter renovations is the 66,000 square foot green roof on the OnCenter complex. The green roof is one of the largest in the Northeast and makes the OnCenter the only convention complex in the state to have a green roof.

No wonder the OnCenter continues to attract some of the most exciting events the region has to offer. Not only has the Complex solidified itself as a premiere venue for entertainment, but it’s also become a model for sustainable building.

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