The global architecture firm HOK has announced that its new 35,000-square-foot offices at 1065 Avenue of the Americas (between West 40th and 41st Streets) have earned a Platinum rating under the LEED for Commercial Interiors rating system. The certification is HOK’s 107th globally and the 13th LEED-CI Platinum rating in New York City (according to USGBC).
HOK relocated its 160 New York City-based employees to the 6th-floor space – which overlooks Bryant Park – from 620 Avenue of the Americas in October of 2010. The design team used a BIM model to analyze the space’s existing conditions – like daylighting – to make informed decisions relating to building systems and thermal performance. It also allowed HOK to successfully meet two specific challenges for the $5.4 million project: a compressed schedule and low ceiling heights within the space, which could have compromised its design goal of achieving an open studio environment. BIM assisted the designers in placing duct work, sprinklers, and lighting systems into a single location and leaving most of the ceiling open and uncluttered.
The firm intends to use its office as a showpiece for its sustainable design capabilities. To that end, the space incorporates numerous advanced building technologies which supported its pursuit of LEED Platinum: shades automatically adjust according to the sun’s position and atmospheric conditions; task lighting is controlled by occupancy sensors in individual workstations; and overhead lighting is systematically regulated to ambient available daylight. Carpeting was manufactured with recycled-content materials; the workstations from FSC-certified wood. The bathrooms are furnished with Kohler low-flow fixtures, a café is outfitted with Energy Star-rated appliances, and HOK’s office policy mandates participation in a green cleaning program. Windows were replaced with new, thermally improved and operable windows. And employees have access to in-office bike racks and showers.
HOK expects the design to save over $125,000 in energy costs over the lifetime of its lease and reduce its CO2 emissions by 55 tons annually. “The studio space was designed to be bright and collaborative with a variety of meeting spaces to promote an enhanced architectural studio culture,” said Kenneth Drucker, senior principal and design director for HOK in New York, in a press release. Structure Tone served as the project’s general contractor and construction manager; MEP systems were designed by WSP Flack + Kurtz while Gilsanz Murray Steficek provided structural engineering services.
Owned by The Swig Company and built in 1958, 1065 Avenue of the Americas was designed by architect Sydney Goldstone and renovated in 1993. The 665,000-square-foot tower features 34 floors of office space and 12 elevators.