At its annual meeting back on June 18, the East Midtown Partnership presented 515 Madison Avenue with its 2009 Building of the Year award. As you’ll recall, the tower recently underwent a $5 million renovation and continues to pursue a LEED-EBOM rating from USGBC.
The 42-story neo-classical building is owned by Newmark Knight Frank chair Jeffrey Gural and was built in 1931 from an original design by J.E.R. Carpenter. Rosen Johnson Architects executed the renovation project, which included an expansion and upgrades to the building’s lobby. The porte-cochere (carriage door) Madison Avenue entrance was redesigned to emphasize the building’s signage by allowing natural light to penetrate its canopy.
Gural is also pursuing LEED-CI certification for 515 Madison’s 13th and 14th floors, where green design features include recycled-content carpets, lighting occupancy sensors, and dual-flush toilets. The East Midtown Partnership acknowledged 515 Madison’s “extensive renovation designed to make it an environmentally-friendly ‘green’ building, and increased occupancy in the process;” we recently noted a trio of leases that were finalized at the building.