NYSERDA's Board approved the Saratoga Technology + Energy Park® (STEP®) Master Plan [PDF|2.0MB] in January 2004. The Master Plan is the document that is guiding the development of STEP, and includes the Land Plan, building orientation, phasing, green space, and other issues. Development of STEP is to conform to the Master Plan.
An important goal of NYSERDA is to develop well-designed, environmentally responsible buildings at STEP that can serve as models for technology park construction in this region and elsewhere. NYSERDA's policy is to implement financially feasible, technologically sound strategies in all its new buildings to make significant advances in five areas:
- Energy efficiency
- Indoor environmental quality
- Water conservation and site management
- Conservation of materials and resources
- Efficient operation and maintenance
To this end, NYSERDA has issued the Design Guidelines [PDF|6.4MB] for all new construction at STEP.
Among the requirements of the Design Guidelines is compliance with New York State Executive Order No. 111, which requires State entities to adopt certain energy efficiency and environmental practices. The Design Guidelines also require that buildings at STEP be designed to earn at minimum LEED™-certification from the USBGC, although silver or higher is preferable. The requirements for this rating may be found in the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED™ Green Building Rating System Version 3, which is available at the Council's web site, www.usgbc.org.
NYSERDA is committed to high-quality architecture and technology park design, and will require that design professionals, especially architects, be able to demonstrate an overall body of work recognized by their peers as showing excellence of design. In light of NYSERDA's goal of creating sustainable buildings, the design team should have significant architectural and engineering experience in creating environmentally responsible buildings in a technology park setting, as well as a demonstrated interest in this goal.
The STEP Wayfinding Plan + Design Standards [PDF|11.5MB] provide guidelines for exterior signs (directional signs, building directories, mounted 911 addresses, the use of logos, etc) and interior building directories.