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Syska Hennessy's Sustainable Design Helps Cooper Union Achieve LEED® Platinum Certification

New York, NY – November 24, 2010, Syska Hennessy Group, a leading consulting, engineering and commissioning firm, announced that their project, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, in New York City was recently awarded LEED® Platinum certification, established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).  Additionally, it was marked with the honor of being the first academic building in New York City to achieve LEED Platinum status. 
The school which is known for its prominent programs in architecture, art and engineering, as well as providing full tuition scholarships to all admitted students, wanted the new space to help position its academic programs for the future; to renew its urban campus; and to revitalize the community centered on 41 Cooper Square, establishing a sustainable financial infrastructure for the institution. The result is a new, nine-story, 175,000 sq ft building, on Third Avenue which facilitates teaching and learning with greater comfort, through its energy efficient and environmentally friendly design.  The structure houses space for academic laboratories, studios, classrooms, science, research, and public spaces.
As the engineer of record, Syska Hennessy provided MEP, sustainable, fire protection, audio visual, IT, security and cogeneration design services that support the bold and iconic architecture of Pritzker-Prize-winning architect, Thomas Mayne of Morphosis Architecture.  A collaborative approach was crucial because of the complexity of the building and its need to be multi-functional within limited space which had stringent requirements.  According to Sergiu Pelau, PE, LEED AP and Syska Hennessy project manager, “New high performance campus architecture could be realized only because Cooper Union, its architects, engineers and builders designed and constructed the project as an integrated team.” 

To support Cooper Union’s rigorous requirement for a sustainable and energy efficient building, innovative engineering applications were designed by Syska Hennessy, including: 

In addition to the sustainable MEP design, Syska Hennessy’s Technology Group provided audio visual design, security and IT services.  In coordination with Cooper Union and architect, they developed a standardized “smart classroom” infrastructure, and state-of-the-art electronic access and IP video systems to control multiple access points for the building. 
“With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to USGBC’s vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation,”
said Rick Fedrizzi, President, and CEO & Founding Chair, of the U.S. Green Building Council. “As the newest member of the LEED family of green buildings, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art is an important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement.”
Syska Hennessy Group, Inc. ( is a global leader in consulting, engineering and commissioning.  The firm has helped engineer some of the world's most innovative, technically sophisticated, and energy efficient buildings.  Clients include leading corporations, fast-growing and high-tech companies, educational institutions, architectural and interior designers and commercial developers, as well as state, local and federal government agencies.  With offices in 14 locations throughout the U.S., as well as an office in China, and projects around the world, Syska Hennessy Group’s market specific solutions are based on local knowledge and access, supported by global staff resources and specialized expertise.

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