Cornell Tech's Bloomberg Center

Cornell Tech's Bloomberg Center Aspires to be Among the U.S.' Largest Net-Zero Buildings

Opening its doors in 2018, the Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Center is the academic hub of Roosevelt Island's Cornell Tech, a joint venture between Cornell University and Israel's oldest university, the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Cornell Tech is a 12-acre, graduate-level technology, business, law, and design campus. It is said to be one of the most visible symbols of New York City's booming technology sector.

The Challenge

With an acre-sized canopy of solar panels on the roof that provide shade and harvest solar power, a geothermal heating and cooling system, a 40,000-gallon rainwater harvesting system and a green roof planted with native species, the four-story, 160,000-square-foot building aspires to be among the largest Net-Zero energy buildings in the United States.

For a building to achieve sought after Net-zero energy distinction, it must produce enough energy on-site to offset its annual energy consumption - a feat that is particularly challenging for buildings that are constantly in use.

Cornell Tech Bloomberg Center

SARGENT Products Installed

The Solution

Employing smart building features imagined and implemented by New York city architectural firm Morphosis and engineering firm Arup, The Bloomberg Center harnesses lighting controls, occupancy sensors, security, and other intelligent controls to minimize energy usage while fulfilling occupants' needs.

Project leaders required that the Bloomberg Center follow the builiding standards of its Ivy league parent, Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Therefore, the building contains hundreds of door closers, locks and exit devices manufactured by SARGENT, including 8200 Series mortise locks, 7000 Series multi-point locks, 351 Series door closers and 80 Series exit devices. It also includes Harmony integrated mortise locks, multi-point locks and exit devices.

SARGENT 8200 Series mortise locks are considered the industry benchmark and feature EcoFlex technology, enabling the electromechanical version to dramatically reduce power consumption by up to 96 percent, as certified by GreenCircle.

SARGENT 80 Series exit devices are designed for environments that exceed ANSI/BHMA Grade 1 requirements for cycle and strength, and support unique applications, including delayed egress, alarmed exit and electric latch retraction.

In addition, The Bloomberg Center is equipped with Harmony Series devices that are designed to blend flawlessly into any environment. They include all standard access control components, including a card reader and monitoring capabilities, in a streamlined, aesthetically pleasing design for the perfect balance of architectural style and facility security.

Ung-Joo Scott Lee, AIA, a Principal at New York's esteemed Morphosis Architects office, said, "SARGENT commercial grade locks, exit devices, and door closers enable us to gracefully balance architectural style with building security."

The Bloomberg Center is also LEED certified at the Platinum level.