Other pieces of sustainable architecture that have been unveiled in Manhattan to date may be a bit more dramatic, but we’ve been remiss in not mentioning Macklowe Properties’ 510 Madison Avenue previously. The 30-story project at 53rd Street was designed by SCLE Architects with collaboration from Moed de Armas & Shannon.
Each floor plate in the building is 15,000 square feet or smaller and the speculative tower is thus being marketed at high-end tenants capable of occupying an entire floor of space. Trusses on the sixth floor transfer the structural load to three interior base columns, which allows for the type of column-free tower floors that Macklowe’s target investment firm tenants crave. In fact, back in December Macklowe secured its first lease with investment firm Jay Goldman & Company (which will relocate from the 48th floor of the Carnegie Hall Tower) at $150 per square foot for an undetermined, 11,500-square-foot mid-rise floor.
In addition to a tenant health club, 510 Madison also features a private dining room, golf simulator, and the only swimming pool in Manhattan to be found in a commercial office building, which will be located on a mezzanine directly above the lobby. The pool is a vestige of Macklowe’s orignal plan for the site, which called for a 50-story hotel and condominium building. Macklowe will seek a LEED Gold rating for the project, which will provide four times more filtered natural air to working spaces than required by code.
Green features also include floor-to-ceiling, low-e windows, reflective roof surfaces, and fresh air louvers that are waterproof. Macklowe is also creating a comprehensive building operations and maintenance plan to ensure that each building system performs as efficiently as possible. You can check out more specific details about the project’s sustainable design features here ; 510 Madison will join LCOR’s green effort at 545 Madison (at 55th Street) which is seeking a Gold rating under LEED for Core and Shell.