• Morphosis Architects

    The Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Center

    New York, New York, United States

Project Summary

Cornell Tech contracted Morphosis Architects to design and develop the Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Center, the first building to be constructed at their new technology and entrepreneurship campus on Roosevelt Island in New York. The Bloomberg Center is a four-story, 160,000-square-foot building that will be utilized as Cornell Tech’s academic headquarters. To successfully complete the project, Morphosis needed to implement a BIM solution to meet the requirements of all stakeholders and maintain the project schedule. Setting a new standard for sustainable academic buildings in New York, the Bloomberg Center is designed to achieve net-zero energy and a Platinum LEED rating.

Bentley’s BIM applications supported a comprehensive BIM strategy and allowed the project team to explore intricate architecture and coordinate complex building systems through a unified design methodology. Aligning with Cornell Tech’s interdisciplinary academic mission, the design merges site planning, building planning, engineering, and architecture into an integrated, performative, and collaborative environment. An energy canopy with a solar panel array maximizes energy performance while providing thermal regulation and reducing load.

The comprehensive BIM strategy improved communication and data sharing among consultants and contractors, built trust with stakeholders, and kept construction on schedule. Bentley applications also reduced project costs by facilitating open dialogue among project participants. This level of discussion eliminated miscommunication in pre-construction services and helped resolve building system clashes before installation, minimizing field conflicts and avoiding rework.

Bentley’s modeling applications directly supported the success of this highly innovative and pioneering project, as they provided an environment for the development and communication of accurate and interoperable information for all stakeholders. Bentley’s AECOsim Building Designer provided project teams with flexible and accurate authoring capabilities for the design, documentation, and construction of innovative and groundbreaking projects. MicroStation allowed the team to link directly to design information on the 3D model and, along with ProjectWise, synchronize the geospatial location of project files, models, and documents. These capabilities made it easier to share information with all team members.

Project Playbook: AECOsim Building Designer, MicroStation, Navigator, ProjectWise
  • The building’s innovative design controls core systems through its sustainability measures, including a geothermal well system, a rain water collection tank, and smart building technology.
  • By using a federated BIM methodology, the design team created a holistic view of the building and provided a single source of information for the project – from conceptual designs to construction administration.
  • This comprehensive BIM strategy improved communication and data sharing among consultants and contractors, built trust with stakeholders, reduced costs, and kept construction on schedule.
  • “For over two decades, Bentley’s modeling platforms have been central to Morphosis’ development and delivery of highly innovative, award-winning architectural projects. The Bloomberg Center provided the office with the opportunity to advance the use of technology through an integrated approach to project delivery. The reliability of Bentley’s modeling environment, and the ease of interoperability with other platforms, enabled the project team to work collaboratively and collectively throughout all project phases. The shared investment in BIM technology by all stakeholders provided the open platform needed to deliver a project that reflects Cornell’s pioneering vision for a new model of graduate education and a global example of sustainability.”

    Cory Brugger Director of Design Technology Morphosis Architects