Long Island City’s Court Square Two Receives LEED Gold Rating from USGBC

We’ve written previously about Court Square Two, Citigroup’s new 528,000 square foot, 14-story building in Long Island City, Queens, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. On Monday, the $290 million project was officially awarded a LEED Gold rating from USGBC (better than the Silver rating that it was reportedly seeking). Specific green design features at Court [...]

We’ve written previously about Court Square Two, Citigroup’s new 528,000 square foot, 14-story building in Long Island City, Queens, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. On Monday, the $290 million project was officially awarded a LEED Gold rating from USGBC (better than the Silver rating that it was reportedly seeking).

Specific green design features at Court Square Two that we did not mention previously include the purchase of wind power that will completely provide for the building’s energy load over the next five years, high-performance window glazing that will prevent 768 tons of CO2 emissions, ninety percent (4,590 tons) of structural steel made from post-consumer recycled materials, and the conservation of two million gallons of water annually through efficient plumbing systems and a stormwater recycling system.

Citi’s green commitment extends beyond Queens; the bank hopes to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, globally, by ten percent by 2011 and begin opening LEED-certified retail branches by the end of 2007. At the ceremony presenting Citi with the Gold designation, Russell Unger, Executive Director of the USGBC’s New York Chapter, noted that “[t]his is a major accomplishment for Citi and helps build momentum for green building in New York.” Queens continues to become increasingly green, and Citi’s sustainable initiatives at Court Square Two should help guide other design teams in the borough as they implement green construction elements on future projects.

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