UseUnitized building envelope system
CharacteristicsCustom-designed, high-performance, prefabricated, megapanel
CertificationLEED Accreditation – Silver (pending)
|New York, USA|
|Façade Area:||64,000 sf|
|Panel Count:||294 Units|
|Install Duration:||11 Weeks|
|Services Provided:||Design-Assist, Engineering, Fabrication, Installation|
|Owner / Developer:||AJ Capital Partners|
|Executive Architect:||Stonehill Taylor|
|General Contractor:||Hunter Roberts Construction Group|
Completed in 2020, the “Graduate Roosevelt Island” is an 18-story hotel located within Cornell Tech's New York City campus. The façade scope, measuring over 64,000sf, was entirely prefabricated as 294 megapanels at Island Exterior Fabricators' Long Island factory. After assembly and glazing, each of the 26-foot-tall units were delivered to site via barge for installation onto the superstructure by Island’s team, over a span of just 11 weeks.
The custom-designed 2-story steel and aluminum megapanel enclosure creates a dynamic façade that changes appearance throughout the day, as light plays across the mirrored rainscreen finishes. This reflectivity, animated by the surrounding city, was central to Snohetta's design-intent for the project. Island Exterior Fabricators helped bring this vision to life through comprehensive preconstruction services including large-scale material sampling and mockups while engaging as a design-assist partner to support the project’s technical detailing.
Island Exterior Fabricators provided the complete envelope systems package, including custom-designed operable windows for every hotel room, and integrated fire-rated glazing at lot adjacencies to ensure visual continuity across all facades.
The hotel is the second project Island Exterior Fabricators has completed at Cornell Tech. The company also built and installed the school’s first academic structure, Morphosis Architects’ 2017 Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Center. In keeping with the campus master plan’s ambitious sustainability goals, Graduate Roosevelt Island was designed to achieve LEED Silver.