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Graduate Roosevelt Island Hotel Enclosure System | Island Exterior Fabricators
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Graduate Roosevelt Island Hotel Enclosure System | Island Exterior Fabricators

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  • Use

    Unitized building envelope system
  • Applications

    Commercial facades
  • Characteristics

    Custom-designed, high-performance, prefabricated, megapanel
  • Certification

    LEED Accreditation – Silver (pending)

More about this product

Project Location:

New York, USA
Year Completed: 2020
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
Design Architect: Snøhetta
Executive Architect: Stonehill Taylor
General Contractor: Hunter Roberts Construction Group
Façade Consultant: Vidaris

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.

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