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Modernizing the College of Architecture with the intelligent use of natural interior daylight

East Sibley Hall is home to Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. The skylights on the roof were old, frosted, and faded - the amount of natural daylight coming through the skylights had been reduced significantly.

VELUX supplied a custom-designed, pre-engineered, all-in-one modular skylight system that simply snapped together, like Legos, in six module sizes and configurations. All six module designs were made with LowE3 tempered glass. To reduce thermal transfer between outdoor and indoor environments, the skylights use a proprietary pultruded fiberglass polyurethane frame.

The skylight modules were installed in under two weeks, including the demolition of the older skylights. Because the skylight system was prebuilt in the factory, VELUX was able to provide an accurate estimate of man-hours for the installation labor.


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3 x Northlight

Northlight 25-90°

A rooflight series for sloped, shed or saw tooth roofs.

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Quantity of modules: 34

Northlight 25-90°

A rooflight series for sloped, shed or saw tooth roofs.

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Art Stern

Cornell University

They were with us throughout the entire process, from schematic design all the way through the construction administration.

Installation

To reduce costs and save time, Morgan Sindall used their own onsite joiners to install the VELUX modular skylights. This was possible as the product is pre-fabricated, with the glazing already installed in frames, and includes factory-made flashings, making the rooflights easier to install than traditional systems.

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