Henry Miller’s Theatre Seeking Broadway’s First LEED Rating

The first LEED-certified Broadway theater in New York City is on track to be Henry Miller’s Theater, located in podium space within the similarly LEED-certified Bank of America Tower.

The Durst Organization and Bank of America recently announced the completion of Henry Miller’s Theatre, which is on track to become the first LEED-certified Broadway theater here in New York City. The effort builds upon the Broadway Goes Green program that we noted last December here at gbNYC, which is a partnership between the Broadway League and Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC 2030 initiative.

Designed by a project team that included Cook + Fox Architects and Adamson Associates of Toronto, the 1055-seat theater is located in podium space facing West 43rd Street, adjacent to 4 Times Square but within 1 Bryant Park (which, as you’ll recall, is seeking the first LEED Platinum rating for a commercial office building here in New York City). The Roundabout Theater Company will provide programming for the theater beginning this September 10 with a production of Bye Bye Birdie.

The project preserves the neo-Georgian facade of the original theater, which historic preservationists Higgins & Quasebarth was able to salvage and incorporate into the new 50,000-square-foot structure. A priority for the design team was indoor air quality; it specified filtration systems, CO2 monitors, and low-VOC materials. FSC-certified wood products were used throughout, as well as various locally-sourced and recycled-content materials. 45 percent of the theater’s foundation and core and shell concrete was manufactured from blast furnace slag and 85 percent of construction debris was recycled. The project team also included construction manager Tishman Construction Corporation and theater consultant Fisher Dachs.

The original theater was planned by Henry Miller and opened on April 1, 1918 with a production of The Fountain of Youth. After Miller died in 1926, it served as a movie theater and nightclub until live theater returned in 1998. Henry Miller’s Theatre will be the first new Broadway theater to open in over a decade and is seeking a LEED Gold rating from USGBC.

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