Fashion Institute of Technology, New Academic Building

Fashion Institute of Technology, New Academic Building

Part of the State University of New York (SUNY) public college system, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is where “creativity gets down to business” in educating future generations to perfect their creative talents and market them effectively. Space constraint issues and a desire to freshen the face of the Institute’s campus has resulted in the ongoing construction of a new academic building on West 28th Street in Manhattan.

WDP was engaged to provide building enclosure commissioning services (BECx) for the new academic building located in the FIT campus in Manhattan designed as an addition to the existing Feldman Building.

The new academic building will feature a custom-made, panelized curtainwall system along with aluminum panels. The building will consist of 10 stories with approximately 100,000 square feet of educational space. The project will target LEED gold certification and will incorporate state-of-the-art building management systems.  The facility will include both academic and student-life spaces, including smart classrooms, studios, laboratories, and display and exhibition spaces. The building is anticipated to be completed by 2024. Currently, the owner is evaluating whether to pursue the full optional scope of Enhanced Enclosure Commissioning in the construction phase for the additional LEED points.

WDP has completed the initial BECx tasks for conformance with the enclosure requirements of LEED v4 Fundamental Commissioning. Work included an initial peer review of the enclosure, followed by a request for a re-review upon the redesign of the façade. Work also included the development of the Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR) and Basis of Design (BOD) for the enclosure.

Our peer review of the drawings included an in-depth evaluation on the continuity of the air and water barrier. This project was complicated by the fact that the building had to be integrated with the adjacent structures on all three sides. To help demonstrate these areas of concern, WDP created a model of the building to aid in the discussion of areas that may need further consideration within the design.

In helping to develop the OPR and BOD, WDP worked closely with all the parties to ensure that all the necessary information was included and that the documents were consistent with the intent of the design.

  • Design Phase Peer Review and assistance with organization of the OPR
  • Construction Phase BECx Services Anticipated