Projects in this award category demonstrate excellence in planning, designing, building, operating, and maintaining a building or campus and its supporting infrastructure, including commercial buildings, educational and government campuses, airports, and other public or private facilities.
The Bloomberg Center | New York, New York, United States
Cornell Tech contracted Morphosis Architects to design and deliver the Bloomberg Center, the first building to be constructed at its new technology and entrepreneurship campus on Roosevelt Island, New York. The Bloomberg Center is a four-story, 160,000-square-foot building that will be Cornell Tech’s academic headquarters. Setting a new standard for sustainability in New York, the academic building is designed to achieve net-zero energy and a Platinum LEED rating. One of its sustainable facets is a broad energy canopy containing a solar panel array that shades the building and surrounding landscape below.
Bentley technology allowed the project team to explore intricate architecture and coordinate complex building systems through a unified design methodology. This comprehensive BIM strategy bettered communication, improved data sharing among consultants and contractors, built trust among stakeholders, and kept construction on schedule. The process also led to cost savings as open dialogue eliminated miscommunication in preconstruction, helping the team resolve building system clashes before installation and minimize field conflicts. Project Playbook: AECOsim Building Designer, MicroStation, Navigator, ProjectWise