Ennead Associate Principal and Co-chair of AIANY Science and Research Facilities Committee Lois Mate spoke at the Center for Architecture as part of a program exploring ventilation strategies at Weill Cornell Medicine’s Belfer Research Building, designed by Ennead Architects with Jaros, Baum & Bolles Consulting Engineers.
Lois, along with Walter King, Director at Aircuity, Angela Mu, Associate Director, Office of Energy and Sustainability, Weill Cornell Medicine, and Ellyn Plappert, HVAC Associate at Jaros, Baum & Bolles, shared what our team achieved with this project. Senior Project Manager at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Frank Kubicek, and Project Architect at Ennead, Tzara Peterson were integral to developing the presentation.
Weill Cornell Medicine’s Belfer Research Building opened in 2014. Designed to attract and retain the most accomplished principal investigators and research teams from around the world, the Belfer Research Building—a high-performance, state-of-the-art, humanistic research machine—created a new paradigm for the urban vertical laboratory. Certified as only the second LEED Gold laboratory facility in New York City, Belfer was forward-thinking in its building systems design and infrastructure, but a lot has changed in the decade since the building opened. The research fit-out of the 8th Floor - scheduled for completion and occupancy in the fall of 2023 - provides an important model for the use of an Aircuity air quality monitoring system to significantly reduce an institution’s carbon usage and serves as an unprecedented pathway for approval with the FDNY.
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