Humanscale, designers and manufacturers of various ergonomic furniture products, recently earned a LEED-CI Silver rating for its MKDA-designed office, workshop, and design studio at 11 East 26th Street (pictured).
The expanded space consolidates two separate Humanscale locations in New York City onto the seventh and eighth floors of the building, which are now connected by an internal staircase. Green design features that supported Humanscale’s LEED-CI application included glass doors and sidelights repurposed from the prior tenant’s occupancy and low-VOC carpeting and paints. Ceilings and cabinets incorporate recycled-content materials; efficient lighting systems should help drop electricity consumption by 35 percent.
Although it does not appear to have a specific mandate in place, Humanscale does require all of its offices and design studios to be “able to achieve” LEED certification. Philadelphia-based The Sheward Partnership assisted MKDA in connection with the design.
The 21-story, neo-gothic 11 East 26th Street is located at Fifth Avenue on the northern edge of Madison Square Park, dates from 1912, and was originally designed by architects Rouse & Goldstone.