As if the first LEED-certified commercial office building in New York City needed any more green accolades, the New York branch of German bank WestLB has gone ahead and earned Platinum certification under LEED for Commercial Interiors for its 129,000-square-foot office space on the top three floors (50 through 52) of 7 World Trade Center.
After inking a 15-year lease with Larry Silverstein back in 2008, WestLB moved to the LEED Gold 7 WTC from its former headquarters at 1211 Sixth Avenue (at West 48th Street), part of a charge downtown that seems destined to continue here in 2011 with Conde Nast’s impending move from 4 Times Square to the Freedom Tower.
We’re sure you’re familiar by now with the usual laundry list of LEED credits, but WestLB’s green building efforts in connection with its new space were both expansive and impressive, including lighting controls and occupancy sensors that have reduced the overall lighting load by 18 percent, a 23 percent reduction in water consumption from low-flow plumbing fixtures, recycled-content and locally sourced construction materials, carbon dioxide sensors installed to improve its HVAC system’s performance, natural daylighting with views for ninety percent of the office’s seated spaces, and an investment in renewable energy certificates driven by wind power across New York State.
WestLB’s new headquarters was designed by architects Gerner, Kronick + Valcacel, with lighting from Syska & Hennessy and construction by StructureTone. YRG served as the project’s sustainability consultant.