Spurred by the success of its other green prebuilt office suites, Malkin Properties has completed construction on an entire floor of new suites on the Empire State Building’s 65th floor. Ranging in size from 2800 to 6000 square feet, the prebuilts are available for immediate occupancy and take up the full floor. Already in 2011, Malkin has leased 15,000 square feet in total prebuilt space between the 53rd and 75th floors.
Each LEED-candidate pre-built suite at the Empire State Building features Energy Star-rated appliances, tenant-controlled HVAC systems, recycled-content and reclaimed interior finishes, natural daylighting, and submetered electricity. The spaces do not come LEED-certified; rather, individual tenants can opt to pursue formal certification or simply enjoy the benefits of well-built green office space.
“Leasing of our new energy-efficient pre-builts has been an enormous success throughout the W&H Properties portfolio, for which the Empire State Building is now the model and flagship,” Tony Malkin said. “Tenants appreciate the combination of high-end finishes, sustainable materials and appliances, energy savings, sub-metered electric, efficient layouts, and exceptional amount of sunlight that enters interior spaces through glass-walled offices and conference rooms. And at the Empire State Building, of course, you have unbeatable views.”
Other tenants who recently snapped up pre-built suites on other floors include Chinese news agency The People’s Daily, Turkish Airlines, and X5 Music Group. And, since 2006, companies from Europe and Asia have signed 26 leases (new deals, renewals, or expansions) at the building. These deals have accounted for 28 percent of the building’s new tenants and 2/3rds of the overall office space that has been leased in the Empire State Building (whose total overall square footage is 2.85 million square feet).
As we’ve noted several times here at gbNYC, the Empire State Building remains in the midst of a $550 million retrofit that should also ultimately result in a Gold LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating from USGBC. Additional high-end pre-built office suites are still available throughout the building, along with fully white-boxed partial and full floors ready for tenant build-out from 10,000 square feet, and a contiguous large block of up to 275,000 square feet.