New York, USA
Rafael Viñoly Architects
14,864 m2 (160,000 ft2)
Building Envelope Consultant
The new laboratory building at Rockefeller University, one of the foremost biomedical research institutions in the world, will project over FDR Drive on the east side of Manhattan and serve as a highly collaborative facility and support modern research.
The new 160,000 sq2 laboratory building extending over FDR Drive will maintain a low building profile to protect and enhance the views of the campus from Manhattan and the East River. The facility will provide new connections to existing laboratory buildings and infrastructure. The building will incorporate maximum flexibility for changes in the layouts of the spaces, horizontal connectivity to improve communication between programs, lounges, informal congregation areas, seminar rooms, general food and beverage spaces and a green roof over the new two-story laboratory that will be integrated into the landscape.
Challenge: The footprint of the new laboratory building is directly above the FDR expressway, one of the busiest expressways in New York. There is no option to close down all or any portions of this expressway for long periods of time to allow for construction.
Solution: We developed a building envelope solution that can be assembled on the structural frame of the building that is being constructed off site, transported by barge to the site and lifted into place above the FDR expressway. The modular components include the first and second levels of the building assembled as one unit. The entire building will require up to 12 modules to be assembled off site. Careful consideration was given to the weight of each module as they will transported to the site and lifted into place by cranes, all off of barges on the East River. The strategy is to have the modules as staging areas for the remainder of the work to progress without disruption to the expressway below.
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