Cooper Robertson is deeply committed to sustainability, both in staff training and accreditation (many members of our firm are LEED-accredited professionals) and in the design of individual projects. We have achieved LEED certification on eleven of our recent projects.
The Whitney Museum is anticipating LEED-NC Gold certification, making it the first Gold museum in New York. A special feature that is unusual for a museum is the co-generation plant in the building that uses waste heat to simultaneously generate electricity and useful heat. For the Museum of Modern Art's MoMA QNS, we participated in a NYSERDA program, that successfully secured New York State capital funding for sustainable design features.
At our new middle school building at Ethical Culture Fieldston School, the green roof is designed as a teaching space and research project. It was planted by users under the leadership of a Columbia University plant ecologist using New York City native plants to create habitat for insects and birds, exploring for students the biological as well as storm-water management benefits of the roof.
At the urban design scale, we have prepared master plans certified as LEED-ND Pilot Projects; including Harbor Point in Stamford, Connecticut and Reston Heights, in Virginia.