SoHo Starbucks Seeks LEED for Retail (CI) Certification on Spring Street

The fact that Starbucks is pursuing LEED for Retail (CI) certification for its store at 72 Spring Street (corner of Crosby) bodes well for LEED’s foray into this major slice of the Manhattan commercial real estate market, particularly given the considerable success which LEED for Commercial Interiors has enjoyed here in New York City.

Starbucks LEED for RetailLEED for Retail is a newcomer to USGBC’s suite of LEED rating systems; it was approved on March 11 and will launch formally later this year under two separate tracks for commercial interior buildouts and new construction projects. Given that it’s almost impossible not to spy one of its outlets on any given block of Manhattan, the fact that Starbucks is pursuing LEED for Retail (CI) certification for its store at 72 Spring Street (corner of Crosby) bodes well for LEED’s foray into this major slice of the Manhattan commercial real estate market, particularly given the considerable success which LEED for Commercial Interiors has enjoyed here in New York City.

The SoHo Starbucks is actually 15 years old and is one of the largest and most heavily-trafficked in all of Manhattan. Green design features that were implemented during the recent renovation project for which the outlet is seeking LEED for Retail include dual-flush toilets, low-flow faucets, and LED lighting fixtures. In addition, its espresso bar countertops, community table, and bar and column cladding were manufactured from repurposed Pennsyvlania white oak. Other fixtures were manufactured locally in Long Island, while the magnetic community board was crafted with metal panels from retired coffee machines.

Manhattan isn’t the only place where Starbucks will integrate green building practices into its renovation projects; it intends to seek LEED certification for all of its stores moving forward.

About Stephen Del Percio

Stephen Del Percio has written for gbNYC+ since 2006 and currently serves as in-house counsel for one of the world's largest engineering, construction, and technical services companies. He earned a B.Eng. from Columbia, his J.D. at William & Mary, and lives in New York City with his wife and daughter. You can follow Stephen on Twitter, email him at stephen@gbNYC.com, or join gbNYC on Facebook to continue the conversation.

about gbNYC

gbNYC is a multi-disciplinary consulting and real estate services firm. In addition to representing office tenants and commercial buyers in leasing and acquisitions, we also provide innovative consulting solutions from a unique, green building perspective. We advise on green building financial incentives, comment on proposed green building marketing strategies, author white papers, treatises, and market analyses, organize seminars on the LEED process and professional accreditation, and provide advice and analysis on green building risk management and the overall state of green real estate, leasing, and construction, in New York City and beyond.

Our blog, the gbNYC+ journal of real estate, law, + sustainability, delivers consistent, original content - from a New York City perspective - on how technology, data, and sustainability are changing how we interact with our built environment. Subscribe below and receive new articles as they're published or connect with our social media presence to join our ongoing conversation about real estate and sustainability, in the Big Apple and beyond. Contact us at (201) 835-8530 or info@gbNYC.com for more information about our services and to discuss how we can assist you.

, , ,

4 Responses to SoHo Starbucks Seeks LEED for Retail (CI) Certification on Spring Street

  1. Anita Jorgensen Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

    How can Starbucks be considered green when it produces ENORMOUS quantities of garbage in the form of disposable cup and supplies that fill New York’s public trash cans to over flowing!!! What’s green about that?!? They don’t even provide a reusable cup option (as in real cups) when sipping on the premises, as all New York coffee shops do!!

    • Stephen Del Percio Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 9:56 am #

      These are good points which we consistently raise here at gbNYC; third-party ratings don’t necessarily tell the full story about a project’s environmental impact.

    • Chris K. Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 11:05 pm #

      “Green” can never be gauged as an absolute quality, as there is always a balance to be achieved…some green measures negatively impact other green measures. Therefore it is all relative and an attempt at being more green than a comparable store has some value regardless of the remaining negative points.

  2. Anne Whitacre Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    The LEED rating is of course, only for the building, and possibly the building cleaning and operations. Otherwise, there are a lot of businesses (LEED rated gas station, anyone?) that would make no sense at all.

gbNYC Tenant Resources Feature

tenant resources

The commercial office leasing process is complicated. And so is figuring out where to start your search for office space in New York City. gbNYC's tenant resources - from our blog and leasing FAQ to our unwavering dedication to our clients and commercial real estate - can help you get the best possible deal for your next office, in the best location, and at the best price.
gbNYC Submarket Feature

submarkets

New York City is a big place, and figuring out the most suitable location for your office can seem like an insurmountable challenge. Our submarket guide demystifies Gotham's dizzying range of neighborhoods with profiles, articles, new developments, and recent leasing statistics like average asking rents and vacancy rates.
gbNYC Database Feature

office database

We've built a database of the best commercial properties in New York City, focused on LEED-certified, Energy Star-labeled, and historic office buildings. Search for your ideal office building by location, certification, size, or owner. Then contact us to discuss current availabilities and your specific office needs.