Monday LEEDoff: Milliken Floor Covering Showroom Opens, Seeks -CI at 875 Avenue of the Americas

The new Milliken Floor Covering Showroom at 875 Avenue of the Americas was designed by Mancini Duffy and is in pursuit of LEED-CI certification from USGBC.

Spartanburg, South Carolina-based Milliken & Company is one of the largest textile and chemical manufacturers in the world. Recently, it opened the Milliken Floor Covering Showroom at 875 Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue at 31st Street) in the Greeley Square Building. The space was designed by architects Mancini Duffy, and consultant Catalyst Partners will help Milliken in its pursuit of an unspecified level of LEED for Commercial Interiors (“LEED-CI”) certification. The showroom features sustainable interiors by interior design firm Studio Q, as well as separate “zones” for each brand of Milliken floor covering: Milliken Contract, Milliken Residential, and Milliken Hospitality.

Specific green design features include ceramic metal halide lamps, daylight sensors, low-VOC paints and sealants, and recycled medium-density fiberboard. The showroom is located on the building’s 26th floor and offers extensive daylighting and views of Manhattan. In a twist from most of the other LEED-CI projects that we’ve seen to date, Milliken actually holds the leasehold on the entire Greeley Square Building. Accordingly, it had the ability to upgrade the property’s HVAC and plumbing systems in connection with the showroom fit-out. Last year, Milliken earned a LEED-CI Gold rating for its showroom at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago- the world’s largest commercial building which also achieved a LEED-EB Silver rating during 2007.

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