The Belfer Research Building located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City, has been awarded LEED Gold certification. The new 480,000 square feet research facility for Weill Cornell Medical College achieved LEED Gold through the strategic purchasing and tracking of materials, as well as careful attention to indoor air quality and occupancy comfort.
Atelier Ten played a critical role in tuning the façade and mechanical systems of the Belfer Research Building to create comfortable and inspiring workspaces. The building design maximizes natural light and effective space planning to enhance quality of life within the building. As an example, research offices face south to access sun and views while labs face north to take advantage of diffuse natural light, which is ideal for the open work environment. Additionally, Atelier Ten conducted façade studies to assess qualitative and quantitative advantages of multiple proposed shading schemes. The realized façade is an innovative double skin façade that provides shading to regulate direct sun and visual comfort while maintaining thermal comfort. Atelier Ten also suggested and validated options to improve efficiency through measures including the reduction of minimum air change rates, heat recovery chillers, and minimizing the ventilation system’s static pressure. In collaboration with Ennead Architects, Atelier Ten provided environmental design consulting, energy analysis, LEED program administration, and CFD modeling services.
Atelier Ten’s team from the New York office includes Director Paul Stoller and Senior Environmental Designers, Bret Mantyk and Leanora Paniccia.