The Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech celebrates opening

Rebecca Maloney Rebecca Maloney Americas Press Office ,Boston
20 September 2017

On 13 September  the Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Center opened at Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island campus in New York City. The building, designed by Arup and Morphosis Architects, is a departure from traditional academic facilities, with a variety of spaces designed to support different learning modes, including flexible spaces to encourage collaboration as well as private work spaces, adapting open-plan offices from the tech world to the academic arena.

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Arup provided multidisciplinary services on the project including structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering, acoustic and audio-visual consulting, communications, façade, lighting/daylighting design, security and smart building consulting, as well as key sustainability, LEED, and net-zero energy goal consulting.

We are entering a new era for tech in New York, and the Cornell Tech campus is at the heart of it. ”

Andrew Winters Director of Capital Projects, Cornell Tech

The building is not only targeting an ambitious LEED Platinum certification, but also the aspiration of net-zero energy levels as part of the campus’s broader sustainability program.

Using a stepped approach to reach the project’s low-energy goals, the design team’s first priority was reducing energy demand as much as possible through both load reductions and passive- and energy-efficient design, with renewable energy then employed to power much of the building’s systems. Complementing the careful design to work towards the goal of net-zero standards is the consideration of smart building design. Arup worked closely with Cornell Tech and Morphosis to insure the building itself could be used as a teaching tool for smart buildings, big data, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and other applications. All of the building data from every system will contribute to a “data lake” from which students, researchers, and instructors can create products, applications, and experiments for the built environment.

As Cornell Tech’s first academic building, The Bloomberg Center is particularly influential […] It was very gratifying to work so closely with Morphosis and Cornell to deliver an overall design that pays careful attention to flexibility and integration, while ensuring a building energy performance that is revolutionary in terms of sustainability standards. ”

Tom Rice Tom Rice Associate Principal