Visionaire Cops AIA New York Honor Award, Sponsors Sustainable Development Seminar

The Albanese Organization’s 33-story, LEED Platinum-hopeful Visionaire condominium project in Battery Park City recently earned a 2009 AIA New York Building Type Honor Award in the Housing category.

In early March, the Albanese Organization’s LEED Platinum hopeful Visionaire condominium project in Battery Park City earned a 2009 AIA New York Building Type Honor Award in the Housing category. The 33-story, $310 million development was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli and offers 251 units across 500,000 square feet. We’ve followed the project closely here at gbNYC and, this coming Friday, April 17, you can check out the building up close- for free- at a sustainable development seminar being sponsored, in part, by both Albanese and the FIABCI international real estate federation.

Speakers include EcoBroker founder John Beldock, Russell Albanese, and Michael Rossi, who heads the New York chapter of FIABCI. I’ll also be speaking, from a legal perspective, about the various implications of LEED certification for the commercial and residential real estate markets. The event will be held on the Visionaire’s 30th floor, run from noon to 4:00, and will earn you four continuing education credits if you’re a licensed real estate broker in New York State; both lunch and cocktails will be served. You can RSVP for the event at 212-918-1997 or by emailing Mr. Rossi at

As we noted previously, the Visionaire offers residents a broad range of green design features. A building-integrated photovoltaic system provides 48 kW of electricity, and 35 percent of the building’s electric load is being sourced from Green-e certified renewable energy sources. Turner Construction, which served as the project’s general contractor, aimed to recycle over 85 percent of construction waste and ensured that all construction materials contained a minimum of 20 percent recycled content; 50 percent of all materials used to construct the tower were sourced within a 500 mile radius.

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