All eyes have been on Santiago Calatrava's WTC Oculus recently, but there's another downtown transportation hub that deserves our attention and applause. Almost two years after its completion, Manhattan's Fulton Center has just been awarded LEED Silver certification. Designed by Grimshaw Architects, the $1.4 billion subway interchange sees more than 300,000 commuters during the week, many of whom are unaware that they are passing through a shining beacon of green design.
The Fulton Center is the first MTA subway facility to be awarded a LEED certification. Thanks to its many sustainable features, the bustling transport station embodies all the principles of LEED criteria such as sustainable site development, water and energy efficiency, green materials, and indoor environmental quality.
“The Fulton Center’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” says Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before and the Fulton Center is a prime example of just how much we can accomplish.”
The building project relied on a number of strategic building features to achieve its ultra-sustainable design, such as using reflective roof surfaces to reduce urban heat, as well as ample water and energy saving measures throughout the building. Additionally, more than 20 percent of the building materials were locally sourced and made of recycled components.
“This building stands as a testament to the strength and resilience New York showed on 9/11 and every day since. And it stands as a testament to what smart investments in infrastructure can do to improve a city, a state, and even a nation,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast after the building’s completion in 2014. “It shows what we can do for our customers and our region when we invest in transit, and it shows New York is still thinking big and building big. Great cities like New York need great public spaces, and I’m proud to see this new symbol of our city’s strength open its doors.”
Via PR Newswire
Photos by Zak Kostura, Arup and Yuka Yoneda