Owner's Representative—New York, NY

The Cooper Union New Academic Building

Jonathan Rose Companies was selected by The Cooper Union as their real estate advisor and owner's representative for the design and construction of its new signature, green academic building in Manhattan. Our Owner's Representative (OR) practice created a highly integrated approach to its collaboration with the owner and the project team to manage the building's development from its earliest programming and conceptual design phase through construction. Our goal was always to ensure that the resulting building fulfilled the school's mission while staying within our client's budget and schedule guidelines.

The new nine-story academic building is a cornerstone of Cooper Union's overall strategic plan to position its academic programs for the future and to revitalize the community centered on Cooper Square.

An international search guided by our OR practice led to selection of Morphosis Architects in association with Gruzen Samton as the design team for the building. Having received LEED Platinum certification, the facilities' program combines state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, a multi-purpose auditorium and a range of public and social spaces.

High performance, operable stainless steel panels on the exterior of the building provide variable solar shading and reduce heat gain during the day. A combination of screened windows and skylights allow sufficient daylighting to significantly reduce the artificial light needed in offices, classrooms and laboratories. A green roof covering almost one-quarter of the building footprint will reduce run-off, assist with storm water retention and further reduce heat gain. Together, the exterior facade, mechanical system, green roof and other features are estimated to reduce the building's operating cost by $2–$2.50 per square foot annually.

Selected Awards

  • American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter, Architecture Honor Award
  • The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS), MASterworks Award for Best New Building
  • American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter, Creating Stellar Architecture using BIM
  • American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter, Jury's Choice Award
  • New York Construction, Green Building Project of the Year
  • Concrete Industry Board (CIB) Annual Award
  • American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter, Merit Award
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“The certification of 41 Cooper Square as a LEED Platinum building underscores Cooper Union's commitment to Mayor Bloomberg to reduce its carbon footprint 30 percent by 2017. Cooper Union has now surpa”

Dr. George Campbell Jr.

Former President, The Cooper Union

Project Profile

Site selection and New Construction of 175,000 SF New Academic building including laboratories, class rooms, offices and exhibition space.

Project Team
Associate Architect:
Gruzen Samton
Construction Manager:
Sciame Construction
MEP Engineer:
IBE Consulting Engineers/Syska Hennessy Group
Structural Engineer:
John A. Martin & Associates, Inc. / Goldstein Associates
Davis Langdon
Project Status

Completion: 2009

Total Project Size / Budget
175,000 SF
$155 million