At a cost of $50 million, funded entirely by the federal government as part of the $20 billion aid package (it promised) to NYC after September 11, the 65,000 square foot OEM HQ facility is New York’s first sustainable agency headquarters, and it is seeking a LEED Silver certification rating. Since September 11, and the destruction of its former HQ at 7 WTC, OEM had been operating out of both a pier along the Hudson River in Manhattan and in a warehouse underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. OEM serves to coordinate various New York City agencies during an emergency (like last December’s transit strike, the 2003 blackout, or even a typical snowstorm).
The four story building is located at the end of the Brooklyn Bridge and was built after a former Red Cross facility was gutted. The project team was thus able to recycle more than seventy-five percent of demolition and construction waste. Other green design elements include occupancy and CO2 sensors, air quality control during the construction phase, low-flow restrooms, sinks, and showers, waterless urinals, and materials reuse thanks to the existing floor and column structure of the former Red Cross building.
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