Dagher Engineering’s headquarters at 29 Broadway in lower Manhattan earned a LEED for Commercial Interiors (“LEED-CI”) Gold rating from USGBC earlier this year. Dagher designed the space in collaboration with Gran Associates, implementing a variety of now standard LEED green features, including recycled and renewable materials, low-VOC paints, automatic light fixtures, and extensive daylighting. This is our third in a series of posts about the four LEED-CI-certified office spaces here in New York City; we’ve presented Cook + Fox’ and Gensler’s offices previously, with only Herman Miller’s still outstanding.
As part of its sustainable efforts, Dagher now offers its employees $1,000 towards the purchase of hybrid cars. It’s also buying RECs in order to completely offset the CO2 produced by the 29 Broadway office. Elias Dagher, founder and President of the firm, told Real Estate Weekly earlier this year that he wants to “convince people that they can combine economic and environmental sustainability. We begin with small steps, and as people buy into the concept, we take larger leaps.” Mr. Dagher’s comments are, of course, particularly salient in the context of demonstrating his firm’s sustainable commitment to clients that are considering green design.
More specific green features at 29 Broadway include dual-flush toilets and waterless urinals, radiant cooling panels that are located on the ceiling and adapted for the building’s operable windows, demand-controlled ventilation rates that are governed by occupant density, and UV-lighting that eliminates wet surfaces in the air handling units and the corresponding potential for the proliferation of mold spores.
Significantly, Dagher specializes in the engineering of mechanical and electrical systems; it designed the blackwater system at the Durst Organization’s LEED Gold Helena residential tower on West 57th Street. MEP systems are typically the most complicated on a given construction project. Truly green design is best-defined by an efficiently-integrated and coordinated design and construction process. Savvy MEP engineers like Dagher that are able to successfully design, coordinate, implement, and commission green building systems will enjoy significant competitive advantages as sustainability continues to permeate deeper across the real estate industry. Offering clients the value addition of lessons learned from greening the corporate headquarters is critical icing on the cake.
- Big Step in Drive for Environmental Health (RE Weekly)
- 2007 Diamond Award (Dagher)
- Cook + Fox’ Platinum Office in Chelsea (gbNYC)
- Gensler’s Silver Office at 1230 Ave. of the Americas (gbNYC)
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