Solar Rooftop Installation Design at Cornell Bloomberg Building Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island Campus Construction

This project included the construction of a new Cornell Tech campus including two million square feet of state-of-the-art buildings, over two acres of open space that will become home to over 2,000 graduate students and hundreds of faculty. The construction included the installation of solar panels on the Bloomberg Center and Bridge building. When completed, the 12-acre campus will be known as one of the most environmentally friendly and energy efficient campuses worldwide. Tectonic provided engineering services for the installation of a rooftop solar system at the Bloomberg Center Building and Bridge Building.

Tectonic performed structural analysis and design of the proposed solar mounting steel support system. The support system for Bloomberg was composed of steel members and Unirac rails and the Bridge building was composed of Unirac rails at an 8-degree tilt. The design included a design to span the large 25’ and 30’ spans as required to support the PV panels. Tectonic also drafted structural design drawings and was involved with the permitting process with the NYC DOB.