New York, New York
This project is part of Cooper Union’s overall campus strategy to improve its energy efficiency and sustainability. The interior modernization/ upgrade includes lighting, mechanical systems, a rooftop cogeneration facility and cooling towers, office space upgrades and classroom upgrades.One of the major goals of this project was to increase energy efficiency in a historic building while respecting the original design motifs established in the early 1970s by John Hejduk in his modernist renovation of this historic landmark. Sensitivity to the placement of new rooftop equipment in relation to the profile of the building was very important to the building exterior. On the interior, upgrades and their effect on historic spaces were addressed, such as the historic Great Hall space, where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous 1860 Cooper Union Address against slavery.