Most rooms and all studios are accessible to students 24-hours a day by swipe card for student convenience. Each BArch student will have a dedicated desk right from the outset of their studies, and the department is currently in the process of reorganizing its spaces so that students in all programs will have a space of their own.
Design Studios: Each room is laptop ready (either hard-wired or with access to the campus wireless network), and has between 30 and 48 work stations. Technology includes a combination of networked desktop workstations running a wide range of office-standard software including AutoCAD Architectural Desktop, Revit, SketchUp, and Adobe Photoshop, as well as large screen monitors and docking stations for student laptops. Each work area is also equipped with a desk lamp, rolling storage cart and a cutting surface. All rooms have networked HP LaserJet printers, desktop scanners, white marker boards, floor-to-ceiling, wall-mounted fabric pin-up/display panels, flat file storage, and ceiling-mounted Sharp digital projectors.
**All students in the Department of Architecture and Design are required to purchase laptop computers capable of running the latest versions of the following software: Autodesk Revit, 3D Studio Max, and AutoCad, and the Adobe Creative Suite/Creative Cloud subscription. See minimum specifications required by the department, along with links to discounted software. Please note that most modern laptops are capable of running the required software, and the major difference between models will be speed. A well-equipped, speedy computer like the HP ZBook 17 Mobile Workstation gives students the greatest opportunity for success in meeting program student learning outcomes. Purchasing the laptop from the college also includes Help Desk support and free loaners in case of trouble, and the cost can be rolled into the student's financial aid package.
Laser Cutter Room: Includes an Epilog 60 Watt 24x36 laser cutter, student work space, and storage for related materials and model-making equipment.
Architecture Library: Distinct from the architecture holdings of AS’s Hinkle Library, the Architecture Library contains discipline-specific journals and technical manuals along with other resource materials. This provides students with valuable resources for research in close proximity to the studio spaces.
Digital Fabrication Lab: This area houses 5 MakerBot 3D printers accessible to all students in the School of Architecture Management and Engineering Technology. The lab also includes student work space, and storage for related materials and model-making equipment.
Main Plotter Room: This fully-networked area houses five plotters and two HP5500 color printers. The plotters include one Oce Colorwave 600 , two HP DesignJet 2300’s with color scanning capabilities, one HP DesignJet Z3200PS Photo quality plotter, and one Xerox 6240 plotter with attached scanner for student use in plotting presentation material and technical documents associated with their course work.
Soils, Concrete, and Material Testing Laboratory: Maintained by the Civil Engineering Technology Department, this lab provides a meaningful experience in laboratory and field testing of various construction materials and structural systems. The equipment enables students to learn procedures that meet recognized field testing procedures of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
Llewellyn Gallery: Maintained by the Digital Media and Animation Department, the Bret Llewellyn Gallery is a contemporary art exhibition space featuring work by regional and national artists. In addition to exhibiting student work, the gallery presents the work of emerging and established artists working at the leading edge of their mediums.
HOPR: The Hands On Project Room (HOPR) is located in Alfred State’s new Student Leadership Center, and is a multi-use project room for use by student clubs and organizations and other campus groups utilizing the space for educational, social, and community development purposes. The HOPR has a large set of hand-held woodworking and mechanics tools including drills, saws, and pneumatic tools. It also has large scale power tools including a table saw, drill press, miter saw, planer/jointer, hydraulic car lifts and two cranes.
Energy Systems and HVAC&R Laboratories: Maintained by the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Department, students experience state-of-the-art equipment dealing with various types of alternative energy issues and systems including conventional flat panel solar heating, solar concentrators, solar-assisted heat pumps, co-generation and geothermal heat pumps. Real-time equipment performance data is used for simulation, modeling, and economic analysis. The HVAC&R lab provides hands-on experience in the areas of heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and thermodynamics.