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Cooper Union academic building designed to reach LEED Platinum

May 01, 2009 |

Morphosis Architects and Gruzen Samton are collaborating on an ultra-green academic building for New York’s Cooper Union that is designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The program for the nine-story facility mixes state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, a multipurpose auditorium, and a range of public and social spaces. The facility is critical to Cooper Union’s overall strategic plan to position its academic programs for the future and revitalize the community centered on Cooper Square. Sustainable features include operable stainless-steel panels on the exterior for variable solar shading, extensive daylighting, and a vegetated roof covering nearly one-quarter of the roof. Jonathan Rose Companies is serving as the owner’s representative.

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