W&W Glass Promotes Michael Awad to Director of Project Management and 10 Veteran Project Managers

W&W Glass Promotes Michael Awad to Director of Project Management and 10 Veteran Project Managers

 

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W&W Glass Promotes Michael Awad to Director of Project Management and 10 Veteran Project Managers

(Nanuet, NY – August 29, 2018)  W&W Glass, LLC is proud to announce the promotion of Michael Awad, P.E. from Project Manager to Director of Project Management. He is now responsible for the efficient completion of projects and reporting on day-to-day progress to the senior management team. Awad is a licensed engineer and has been a project manager with W&W Glass for approximately 14 years.

W&W Glass would also like to announce the promotion of ten of their most seasoned project managers to senior project management roles within the company. Jesse Whitenight, Karl Lown, Owen McCarthy, Damon Mercay, Kevin King, Uwe Umbach, Bruce Hernsdorf, Maria Colucci-Hudgins, and Chuck Beckle have been promoted to the title of Senior Project Manager, effective immediately.

“We are proud of our team’s dedication to excellence and continued growth,” says W&W Glass Managing Partner, Michael Haber. “These promotions are well deserved and help us continue the strategic plan to further capitalize on present economic conditions for the foreseeable future. Quality people with a high degree of industry experience are certainly one of the many reasons top companies choose us as partners time and time again.”

Jesse Whitenight – Jesse has been with W&W Glass for over 15 years.

Karl Lown – Karl has been a project manager with W&W for over 16 years.

Matthew Keefe – Matthew has been with W&W since 2014.

Owen McCarthy – Owen has been with W&W Glass since 2001 and in the construction industry for more than 33 years.  

Damon Mercay – Damon has been a project manager with W&W for almost 12 years.

Kevin King Kevin has been with W&W Glass since 2007.

Uwe Umbach – Uwe is one of the longest standing project managers of the W&W team with over 25 years of service.

Bruce Hernsdorf – Bruce has been with W&W Glass since 2007.  

Maria Colucci-Hudgins – Maria has served her clients at W&W Glass for more than 20 years.

Chuck Beckle – Chuck has been a long-time member of the W&W team working in our Pilkington Planar™ structural glass division for over 19 years.

W&W Glass, LLC is the New York metropolitan area’s largest architectural glass and metal contractor, specializing in curtainwalls, storefronts, entrances, ornamental metal, skylights, and Pilkington Planar structural glass systems. To learn more about the company’s expertise and portfolio of projects, log on to www.wwglass.com

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About W&W Glass, LLC:
W&W Glass LLC is a family-owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. W&W has over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. W&W installs all of their work with its own dedicated union labor force. W&W Glass is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area. W&W Glass is located at 302 Airport Executive Park, Nanuet, NY 10954-5285.

Cornell Tech Project Featured in USGlass Magazine

The Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island Campus Maximizes Transparency and Collaboration

 

The Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island Campus. The Bloomberg Center (to left) and The Bridge (to right).

 

Transparency was key to providing openness, views and natural light for a building that is the center of academic collaboration. That’s why the architects behind the Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island First Academic Building–the Bloomberg Center and the Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island Tata Innovation Center (the Bridge) in New York chose glass as a major feature of each building.

 

The Bridge

 

The Bridge building has a central bowtie-shaped space that connects floors and collaboration spaces. The 245,000-square-foot building holds classrooms, labs and studios in its lower third. The upper floors will host technology companies and start-ups.

 

We wanted everyone to be within 30 feet of the wall to maximize access to daylight and views. The center has glazing that camps out, reaching to the views, says Mike Harshman, project manager at architectural firm Weiss/Manfredi. The geometry was a major challenge. The original plan was closed and boxy with no light. The truss shape stretched the corners and opened the cores.

 

Weiss/Manfredi’s goal was to create transparency throughout the building so that everyone would come together. They wanted people to be able to look into the makerspaces and common rooms.

 

On the Bridge, the architect played with geometry as well with the dramatic inverted sloped entrance wall and the zig-zagged mullions integrated into the unitized panels of the main facades, says Michael Haber, managing partner of W&W Glass, the project contract glazier. The diagonal faux mullions were fabricated into rectangular-shaped unitized panels to assure there would not be difficult gasketing/sealing situations between panels on site.

 

W&W Glass was involved heavily with critical detailing throughout the duration.

 

Engineering, sequencing and logistics were paramount. The building structure was designed as a truss system, whereas the entire building collectively deflected differently at locations under load, up to 2 inches. Due to the anticipated deflections, instead of installing the unitized curtainwalls level around the building, the curtainwalls had to be set at various elevations, so when the entire building was taking on the full dead load of the curtainwall, it would all be level, says Haber.

 

The glass was supplied predominately by Viracon.

 

These insulating glass units were 1-1/8-inch thick, comprised of VRE-13-54 low-E on low-iron glass combined with argon fill, and were made with several different custom silkscreen patterns to provide shading and texture to the facades, says Haber. Many patterns even had custom vertical lines that accentuated the diagonal mullion areas. On the inverted sloped curtainwalls and skylights, we supplied Ipasol Neutral 70/39 low-E coated, argon-filled low-iron insulating glass units fabricated by Interpane in Germany. This glass was 1-7/16-inches thick, heat soaked and tempered over laminated insulating glass units. They were trapezoidal with a silkscreened dot frit. The largest unit was 67 inches by 139 inches.

 

The glass is 60 percent opaque and 40 percent transparent to maximize sustainability.

 

The building is on track for LEED Gold certification.

 

Unique expression was important to the architects.

 

The original campus master plan had all the buildings looking the same because the campus is on city land. Cornell moved to negotiate between contractors, and we found a way to create individual expression with a unified campus vision, says Harshman.

 

The Bridge features custom curtain wall systems with many sharp angles coming together.

 

Haber adds that these projects were unique in many ways. To begin with, they are both located on a small island with trucking limitations, so some materials and equipment had to be barged to the site, he says. The designs of both buildings were very unique–making engineering and detailing very extensive. On the Bridge, the various pitches on the trapezoidal glass transitioning into the vertical walls and skylights, along with the custom frit patterns on the glass and diagonal elements, really made this building stand out. And facing this building is the curved glass stairwell of the Bloomberg Center, which is the showpiece of that building. Both buildings, side by side, built basically at the same time, seen together from across the East River in Manhattan, really make these projects very different from others we have done.

 

The Bloomberg Center continues the theme of transparency. The façade maximizes daylighting and exterior views while also maximizing insulation and reducing thermal bridging. It is planned to be one of the largest net-zeroenergy academic buildings and to achieve LEED platinum.

 

The Bridge glows bright at night.

 

The Bloomberg Center

 

The architecture firm, Morphosis, designed the building as a rain screen system composed of aluminum panels. According to the firm’s website, the panels are surfaced in an iridescent, PPG polymer coating.

 

The Bloomberg Center

 

Viewed from afar, the aluminum panels register a continuous image that merges the river-view scenery from Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island location and Cornell University’s idyllic campus in Ithaca, N.Y.

 

We were very impressed with the complexity of the designs on both buildings. On the Bloomberg Center, the architect wanted to showcase the glass on the curved stair structure. The wall panels, designed and fabricated by Zahner, had punched-out circles with tabs tilting them to various degrees to form a background design, almost pixelated in nature from a distance, says Haber. Along with this, the design team looked for seamless symmetry between the metal wall panels and the glass joints around the envelope of the building, interconnecting all geometries of canopies and terraces.

 

The Bloomberg Center has a total of nine exterior glass types all manufactured by Guardian and fabricated by Cristacurva in Guadalajara, Mexico.

 

The glass had Guardian’s SNX 62/27 low-E coatings, and also had laminated glass on either the inboard or outboard lite, depending on its location on the building. The stair structure glass was made with 1-7/8-inch, double-laminated, SN 68 low-E coated, low-iron tempered glass. The largest unit in this area was 5 feet by 7 feet and custom curved at a 6-foot-9-inch radius, says Haber.

 

W&W Glass had to keep several considerations in mind as it worked on the project.

 

On this building there is a curved glass stairwell enclosure. Custom connections had to be designed and engineered to clad a diagrid steel structure. Along with the layout and installation challenges of this, the steel was engineered to have a pre-camber for the assumed dead load of the glass, says Haber. We overcame this by pre-tensioning the steel with cables, thereby simulating the weight of the glass. Due to the tight tolerances of the joints between the glass, the connection details, and the fact that the glass was bent, there was no room for error.

 

The Bloomberg Center and the Tata Innovation Center were completed in the second half of 2017.

 

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W&W Glass LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

W&W Glass Projects Featured in ‘Metals In Construction’ Winter 2018 Edition

Cornell Tech, Flushing Commons & Elmhurst Library Featured in Metals In Construction

 

We were excited to find out that three of our recent projects were featured in the Winter ’18 edition of Metals In Construction

 

 

 

The Bridge at Cornell Tech – Pages 15-19

 

 

Flushing Commons – Pages 38-43

 

 

Elmhurst Library – Pages 44-49

 

Please click here to view or download the PDF and read the stories! 

 

W&W Glass LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

W&W Glass Project Featured in Curbed Philadelphia

Rendering by JPRA Architects

 

The completion of the glass entrance to the Fashion District of Philadelphia is the first step toward the exterior revitalization of the Gallery Mall.
 

Things are shaping up at the redevelopment of the Gallery Mall in Market East. The corner of 9th and Market and surrounding blocks are still major construction zones, but the project has taken the first step in the exterior renovation of the mall: The completion of the nearly 70-foot-tall glass entrance to the future Fashion District Philadelphia.

 

The glass entrance at 9th and Market finished construction at the end of November 2017 and features 170 panels of glass and reaches more than 66 feet in height. The Fashion District Philadelphia architect JPRA Architects calls it “the Cube” and describes it as the highlight of the whole redevelopment of the more than 40-year-old Gallery Mall.

 

The Fashion District Philadelphia is expected to open in November 2018, according to developer PREIT and Macerich, and has been prepping folks to expect a new kind of shopping experience on the Market East corridor. Along with flagship stores like H&M, the Fashion District will offer amenities like the food hall Market Eats, as well as a dine-in movie theater.

 

Until then, watch this timelapse video of Shoemaker and Skanska building the glass cube entrance, caught by EarthCam from April 2017 to November 2017 and whittled down to 37 seconds.

 

 
 
 

 

W&W Glass LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls Pilkington Planar structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

New York YIMBY Visits 277 Fifth Avenue

YIMBY Visits 277 Fifth Avenue As Façade Nears Completion

 

277 5th Avenue, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson277 5th Avenue, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson
 

ARTICLE SOURCE: New York YIMBY

 

Construction at 277 Fifth Avenue is moving along quickly, with just thirteen floors of façade installation remaining. Victor Group and Lendlease are developing the 55-story skyscraper in NoMad, on the corner of 30th Street. The tower, designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects, has a dark-indigo façade made of reinforced cast-concrete panels, fabricated in Finland. Multi-layered glazed curtain walls were designed for optimal thermal and acoustical performance, and there is also a cantilever over its southern neighbor.

 

Cantilever at 277 5th Avenue, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

Cantilever at 277 5th Avenue, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

 

A recent event at the building’s rooftop featured afternoon tea and twirling dancers dressed as construction workers. Nevertheless, the views were still the true spectacle, providing YIMBY with another comprehensive update of the city’s evolving skyline.

 

Hudson Yards from 277 Fifth Avenue, image by Andrew Nelson

Hudson Yards from 277 Fifth Avenue, image by Andrew Nelson

 

Looking to Hudson Yards, one can see the observation deck for 30 Hudson Yards is nearly complete, a subject we will cover imminently. Progress for One Manhattan West‘s superstructure continues, with the concrete core growing near to its imminent peak.

 

138 East 50th Street next to the Chrysler Building, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

138 East 50th Street next to the Chrysler Building from 277 Fifth Avenue, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

 

138 East 50th Street can be seen between the Chrysler Building and the MetLife Building. YIMBY reported on the structure topping-out in November 2017. Completion is likely to occur by the end of the year.

 

Looking northward from 277 Fifth Avenue, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

Looking northward from 277 Fifth Avenue, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

 

111 West 57th Street and 53 West 53rd Street can also be seen rising beside and above Rockefeller Center. 53 West 53rd Street is nearly topped out, whereas 111 West 57th Street, amazingly, is just over halfway complete.

 

30 East 31st Street, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

30 East 31st Street from 277 Fifth Avenue, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

 

Close to 277 Fifth Avenue is 30 East 31st Street, a 40-story residential building designed by Morris Adjmi Architects. The tower’s gothic arch-inspired design is now clearly visible along the uppermost floors, meaning topping-out is imminent.

 

Downtown Manhattan from 277 Fifth Avenue, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

Downtown Manhattan from 277 Fifth Avenue, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

 

Looking to Downtown, few construction sites are noticeable, with a total absence of construction cranes for the moment. The glass curtain wall encasing One Manhattan Square is just a handful of floors away from completion. 3 World Trade Center, 118 Fulton Street, and 111 Murray have topped out with their façades nearly complete, and 99 Hudson’s crane in Jersey City is not visible.

 

277 5th Avenue, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

277 5th Avenue, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

 

The 728-foot tall 277 Fifth Avenue will create 130 condominiums, ranging in size from one to four-bedrooms. Pricing starts around $2 million per unit. Residences start on the eleventh floor, and every apartment will have a usable corner, meaning no unit is without a view.

 

The Victor Group’s President Moshe Shuster has previously told YIMBY:

Given that views are the quintessence of Manhattan luxury, we created breathtaking panoramas by purchasing the air rights from six surrounding sites. This enabled us to prevent surrounding vertical growth that might jeopardize our residents’ views. It also allowed us to build desirable residences in a tower with four completely usable corners.

 

Move-ins are expected to start by the end of 2018, and will wrap by mid-2019.

 

Read more on 277 Fifth Avenue

 

For more information on all the projects completed and underway by the W&W Glass professionals, go to check out our portfolio section. More photos and projects are constantly being added.

 

W&W Glass LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

W&W Glass Named #6 on Top Glazing Contractors in the Nation by USGlass Magazine

We are excited and proud to have been ranked 6th for Top Glazing Contractors by USGlass Magazine!

 

View the rankings on USGlass Magazine by clicking here

 

W&W Glass LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

W&W Glass’ Elmhurst Library Wins 2017 Best of Design Award!

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The Elmhurst Community Library project featuring W&W Glass’ Pilkington Planar™ point-supported structural glass cubes has won a Best of Design Award in the Civic – Educational category in the 2017 Best of Design Awards by THE ARCHITECTS NEWSPAPER. Congratulations to all teams involved with this spectacular project!

2017 Best of Design Awards for Civic – Educational

 
 
2017 Best of Design Awards for Civic – Educational. Elmhurst Community Library, Marpillero Pollak Architects (Courtesy Marpillero Pollak Architects)

2017 Best of Design Award for Civic – Educational: Elmhurst Community Library

Architect: Marpillero Pollak Architects
Location: Queens, New York

With over 80,000 users speaking more than 57 languages, Elmhurst is the second-busiest circulating library of the 64 in Queens Library’s network. The building’s massing maximizes the impact of an existing community park and highlights the civic role of two reading rooms that emit a welcoming glow after sunset. The main circulation spine extends the streetscape toward a group of trees in the block interior. A system of brightly colored “portals” supports orientation and interaction among programmatic spaces catering to diverse age groups, reinforcing the library’s neighborhood significance. The main architectural elements are two structural glass cubes that position patrons within the community park and on the urban thoroughfare of Broadway. The park cube makes legibile the operations of the library’s two main floors with a monumental stair grounded by a bookshelf, while the Broadway cube floats above the main entry displaying the work 955 Shapes by artist Allan McCollum.

“This handsome new library takes full advantage of its site with its richness in textures and colors, and provides a welcoming cultural and educational resource for this Queens community.” —Irene Sunwoo, Director of Exhibitions, GSAPP (juror)

 

Structural Engineer:
Severud Associates

General Contractor:
Stalco Construction

Percent for Art (Selected Artist):
Allan McCollum

Structural Glass:
W&W Glass

Material Supplier for Terra-cotta Rainscreen:
Boston Valley Terra Cotta

 

Honorable Mention

Project: Lakeview Pantry
ArchitectWheeler Kearns Architects
Location: Chicago, Illinois

 

 

Lakeview Pantry, Wheeler Kearns Architects (Tom Harris)

Lakeview Pantry has transformed a dilapidated pet daycare into its first permanent home. Located adjacent to an L station, the renovated building immediately sends a welcoming message to both neighbors and clients with its large storefront windows and colorful, bright interiors. The goal of the architecture is to create a space that provides dignity to those in a time of need, furthering the Pantry’s mission.

 

Honorable Mention

Project: University of California, San Diego Jacobs Medical Center
Architect:CannonDesign
Location: La Jolla, California

 

 

University of California, San Diego Jacobs Medical Center, CannonDesign (Tim Griffith)

The ten-story UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center functions as three medical specialty centers—housing inpatient services for high-risk obstetrics and neonatal care, cancer care, and advanced surgical care. The building’s overall curvilinear form was driven not only by the design of the patient units, but also by the goals of capitalizing on views, maximizing daylight, and minimizing solar gain and glare. The elevated gardens and terraces bring nature up to the patient level.

 

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W&W Glass LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

261 Madison Avenue Featured in US Glass

We were happy to see the custom pattern acid-etched insulated glass units we installed at 261 Madison Avenue were recently featured in US Glass!

 

Please check out the article below and click on the images to see the original article!

 

 

 

W&W Glass LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

W&W Glass Makes 2017 ENR Top 600 Specialty Contractors List

 

We are very proud to have once again made ENR’s Top 600 Specialty Contractors list!

We’re listed at #4 on The Top 20 Firms in Glazing and Curtain Wall and #137 on The Top 600 List!

 

View the list online here: https://www.enr.com/toplists/2017-Top-600-Specialty-Contractors-1.

 

Please also enjoy the associated cover story in which our Managing Partner Michael Haber chimes in on certain aspects of the industry. Excerpt provided below:

 

“While subcontractors are giving more input into the construction process, many complain that some owners and GCs continue to impose tough contract conditions. Contracts are becoming more onerous, requiring longer legal reviews and costs. “Gone are the days of a handshake and signature. Many contracts require quite a bit of back-and-forth for weeks or even months before getting someone on board,” says Michael Haber, managing partner of W&W Glass.”

 

Read the original article here: https://www.enr.com/articles/43122-the-top-600-when-will-the-hot-market-cool-off.

 

W&W Glass LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar™ structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

 

 

Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech

Morphosis-designed Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech celebrates opening

 

Our Bloomberg Center project at Cornell Tech was recently covered in The Architects Newspaper.

Please see below to read the article!

 

 

With the goal of becoming a net zero building, The Bloomberg Center, designed by Morphosis, forms the heart of the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, bridging academia and industry while pioneering new standards in environmental sustainability through state-of-the-art design.

 
  • Facade Manufacturer
    Island Exterior Fabricators
  • Architects
    Morphosis
  • Facade Installer
    W&W Glass, LLC (unitized curtain wall); Island Exterior Fabricators; Barr & Barr (general contractor)
  • Facade Consultants
    ARUP (facade, structural, MEP/FP engineering, sustainability; lighting; acoustical; av/it/smart building)
  • Location
    Roosevelt Island, New York, NY
  • Date of Completion
    2017
  • System
    unitized continuously insulated rainscreen; photo voltaic solar canopy
  • Products
    Louvered ZIRA system from A. Zahner Company;  Custom Unitized Curtain Wall; Custom Curved Glass Enclosure

 

Spearheaded by Morphosis’ Pritzker Prize-winning founder Thom Mayne and principal Ung-Joo Scott Lee, The Bloomberg Center is the intellectual nerve center of the campus, reflecting the school’s joint goals of creativity and excellence by providing academic spaces that foster collective enterprise and collaboration.

 

“The aim of Cornell Tech to create an urban center for interdisciplinary research and innovation is very much in line with our vision at Morphosis, where we are constantly developing new ways to achieve ever-more-sustainable buildings and to spark greater connections among the people who use our buildings. With the Bloomberg Center, we’ve pushed the boundaries of current energy efficiency practices and set a new standard for building development in New York City,” said Morphosis founder and design director Thom Mayne in a press release.

 

The four-story, 160,000-square-foot academic building is named in honor of Emma and Georgina Bloomberg in recognition of a $100-million gift from Michael Bloomberg, who was responsible for bringing Cornell Tech to New York City while serving as the city’s 108th Mayor.

 

A major feature of the building is an expansive photovoltaiccanopy, with a low and narrow profile thatframes views across the island. One of the building’s most distinctive features is its facade, optimized to balance transparency—maximizing daylighting and exterior views, and opacity—maximizing insulation and reducing thermal bridging.

(courtesy of Morphosis)

 

Designed as a rain screen system, the outermost layer of the facade is composed of aluminum panels surfaced in an iridescent, PPG polymer coating. Viewed from afar, the aluminum panels register a continuous image that merges the river-view scenery from Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island location and Cornell University’s idyllic campus in Ithaca, New York. Facing the city, the Bloomberg Center’s west facade registers the image of the Manhattan skyline as it is viewed directly across the East River. Along the campus’ main entry and central circulation spine (the “Tech Walk”), the east facade registers an image of Ithaca’s famous gorges.

 

(Matthew Carbone)
 

Designed in collaboration with A. Zahner Company, an architectural metal fabricator, the facade utilizes Zahner’s Louvered ZIRA system to create the image patterning. Each pixel of the image is translated into the specific turn-and-tilt of a two-inch circular tab punched into the aluminum paneling; the depth and rotation of each tab determine the amount of light reflected. This pixel map was fed into a repurposed welding robot, which processed the digital information into the mechanical turning-and-tilting of the facade’s 337,500 tabs. The algorithm controlling the robot was developed in collaboration with Cornell and MIT students.

 

“Our collaboration with the Cornell and MIT students to develop the building’s facade is an example of the type of connections that Cornell Tech will foster between academia and tech industries,” said Ung-Joo Scott Lee, Principal at Morphosis and Project Principal of the Bloomberg Center. “We were ultimately interested in demonstrating that designing for net-zero creates not only a more energy efficient building but, in fact, a healthier and more comfortable environment for its occupants. The very systems that provide our path to high building performance are the same systems that provide better control to its users while giving the building its distinct identity. Cornell University’s leadership in sustainability is central to their mission; we look to continue that leadership in both upstate as well as downstate campuses.”

 

Morphosis will be participating in the upcoming Facades+ Los Angeles conference on October 19 to 20, 2017. Stan Su, who contributed to Bloomberg Center as a member of Morphosis’ Advanced Technology team, will be co-presenting a morning workshop along with Brad Prestbo (Director of Technical Resources, Sasaki Associates), Chris O’Hara (Founding Principal, Facades Director, Studio NYL). The workshop will be divided up into three parts: a group discussion on fundamental detailing principals, case study examples of how those principles are employed, and a hands-on session where the group will reverse-engineer details from notable projects.

 

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W&W Glass LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

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