Thanks to its $100 million green renovation, the Empire State Building may soon be known not only as the most iconic New York building, but as the most sustainable in the city. In January, we reported that the landmark building will be powered by 100 percent wind energy, and now we’ve received news that the building’s owners are renting pre-built green office space that will be prepped for LEED for Commercial Interiors certification.
W&H Properties built individual eco-friendly, move-in ready tenant spaces that they are offering in conjunction with Jones Lang LaSalle. The spaces feature tenant-controlled HVAC systems, recycled-content and reclaimed interior finishes, natural daylighting, and submetered electricity. They also benefit from the massive overhaul of the building’s 12-year-old glass, which is being replaced with 6,514 double-pane windows with more efficient glazing that will reduce solar heat gain by 50 percent.
Despite the current economic climate, the pre-built program has been very successful. W&H recently leased spaces to Turkish Airlines, the Aberleen Group, X5 Music Group, and Napoli Bern Ripka LLP. The four spaces total 15,000 square feet and sit between the 53rd and 75th floors. Three more of the green spaces are still available in the Empire State Building, and W&H has decided to expand the program to its other properties in light of its remarkable success.