New Graduate Hotel for Cornell Tech

Island has been awarded the New Graduate Hotel for Cornell Tech. Working in conjunction with Hunter Roberts’s NYC office, Island will be engineering, fabricating, and installing the custom aluminum clad rainscreen for the new Hotel. Utilizing Island’s V7 Mega-panel platform, the system will integrate a custom profiled composite aluminum cladding, integrated double story glazing and unitized fire rated assemblies.

 Photo courtesy of Snøhetta

Photo courtesy of Snøhetta

 Photo courtesy of Snøhetta

Photo courtesy of Snøhetta

 Photo courtesy of Snøhetta

Photo courtesy of Snøhetta

Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech

Congratulations to the Island Team on the successful negotiation of the First Academic Building for the Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Campus.

The First Academic Building design was awarded to Morphosis Architects out of Los Angeles, CA and is being built by Barr and Barr out of Framingham, MA.  Both teams will be running this project from their respective New York City offices.  The building will feature cutting- edge academic facilities designed for the information age, including state-of-the-art technology and net-zero energy aspirations.  A cafe and terrace facing the campus plaza will be open to the public, emblematic of Cornell Tech's close ties to New York City.

“Just as Cornell Tech will be pioneering new approaches to graduate research and education, our campus won’t look like any other university campus that exists today,” said Daniel Huttenlocher, dean of Cornell Tech. “We are determined to innovate in every aspect of the development, from the way that students, faculty, researchers, industry and the community are intermingled, to the sustainability of our buildings and their iconic architecture.”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the competition earlier this year, saying he wanted New York City to have an engineering-technology program on par with those of Silicon Valley and Boston — regions that lead the high-tech industry thanks mostly to similar programs at Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Construction on Roosevelt Island is expected to begin in 2014, with the first phase of the campus due to open in 2017. Current plans for Phase I will include the first academic building, a corporate co-location building, an executive education center with hotel facilities, a residential building for students, faculty, and staff, as well as more than one acre of public open space.

 Campus Rendering at Night courtesy of Morphosis Architects

Campus Rendering at Night courtesy of Morphosis Architects

Island Participating on Panel Jury for ABX Boston 2014

Boston Convention Center, Hall C

October 28-30, 2014

Prefabrication Pitfalls

Schedule: Wednesday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Room: Rm 109A

Track: Construction

AIA Credit: LU


Prefabrication promises incredible advances in efficiency and precision. Prefabrication of major components can produce shorter schedules, and lower construction costs, as work can be assembled offsite in more accommodating environments. But prefabrication also comes with certain hidden risks that can derail a schedule, increase costs, or cause discord amongst the labor force. This program discusses the potential perils that present the greatest risk, and offers practical suggestions to avoid these problems.

Island Presenting at the AIA New York State Conference

Saratoga Springs, NY

October 9-11, 2014

A Tale of Two Buildings: Comparing Delivery Systems & Construction Technology

1.5 LU/HSW Hours
Thursday, October 9th, 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

What can we learn from the design and construction of two very similar buildings – student residences of over 500 beds -  designed by the same architectural/engineering team, and built at the same time using the same structural and MEP systems based on the two ways they differ: 1. Method of Project Delivery: CM-at-Risk vs. Design-Bid-Build 2. Method of Construction: Prefabrication vs. Stick-Built With this unique opportunity to eliminate many variables, including time, place, program, etc., and focus on the key  differences of these two project, this session will compare the advantages and disadvantages of the varying methods of  project delivery and construction