SiriusXM Renews Lease at LEED-EB-Certified 1221 Avenue of the Americas

Terms of the 130,000-square-foot deal were not disclosed but SiriusXM also renewed a second lease – at Five Penn Plaza – for over 85,000 square feet.

The satellite radio provider SiriusXM recently renewed its 130,000-square-foot lease on the 19th, 36th, and 37th floors of 1221 Avenue of the Americas (the McGraw-Hill Building), where its headquarters and broadcasting facility are located. (In a separate, but simultaneous, deal, SiriusXM also renewed an 85,000-square-foot lease on the 11th and 22nd floors of Five Penn Plaza). Asking rents for the Penn Plaza space were in the high $40s per square foot; those at 1221 were higher, but not disclosed. Each building has a rooftop antenna that permits SiriusXM to send its programming signals into space.

Originally designed by Harrison & Abramowitz & Harris as the “Y” building in the “XYZ” expansion of Rockefeller Center in the 1960s, the 51-story 1221 Avenue of the Americas is Certified under LEED for Existing Buildings, Version 2.0. You may recall that, next door, the 45-story, 1.2 million-square-foot 1211 Avenue of the Americas (the “X” building) is the largest commercial office building certified to date under LEED for Existing Buildings.

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  1. X, Y, and Z: 1251 Avenue of the Americas Completes Trio of LEED-EB Ratings on Sixth Avenue – insiderater.com - Friday, June 28, 2013

    [...] 1251 Avenue of the Americas is the “Z” tower in the “XYZ” corridor of adjacent International Style office buildings on Sixth Avenue across the street from Rockefeller Center. The buildings were planned in the 1960s as part of Rockefeller Center’s expansion by architect Wallace Harrison. Each features the similar styling and massing that allowed Harrison – who was close friends with Nelson Rockefeller – to go on and become renowned for designing large public projects across New York State. The “X” tower – Beacon Capital’s at 1211 – was built for the Celanese Corporation in 1973 and earned LEED-EB: OM Silver in 2009. The “Y” tower – SL Green’s McGraw-Hill Building at 1221 – is also LEED-EB-certified and is home to SiriusXM Satellite Radio. [...]