Project
The House at Cornell Tech
Location: New York, NY
Architect: Handel Architects
Client: The Hudson Companies, Inc.
Services: Exterior Wall
Roofing
Monitoring
Property: Residential
Size: 270,000
Completed: 2017
The House is a 26-story tower with 350 residences for students, staff and faculty. It includes many amenities including a gym, lounge, roof deck and media rooms. The project is the world’s tallest and largest Passive House building, using up to 70% less energy than a conventional high-rise with its 9-by-36-foot metal panels with 8 to 13 inches of insulation.

Working closely with the entire team, Vidaris helped to develop details to satisfy Passive House requirements while managing the constructability, construction sequencing and budget. Vidaris also assisted with translating and incorporating European requirements into project documents, including specifications and architectural drawings; these documents helped to ensure details, like air barriers and insulation, met requirements. Because Passive House has conceptual standards that are catered to 1-2 story buildings, Vidaris helped drive the discussion to develop compromises and decisions, which satisfied all parties, that allowed the adaptation to high rise construction where sequencing and constructability are important factors.