IBM, Microsoft Might Anchor LEED Gold-Hopeful 51 Astor Place

IBM and Microsoft are rumored to be interested in anchoring Edward Minskoff’s assymetrical, 13-story, 440,000-square-foot, LEED Gold-hopeful tower.

It’s been a while since we checked in with Edward Minskoff’s Fumihiko Maki-designed 51 Astor Place, which is slated to apply for LEED Gold. Today, the developer launched a new website for the project and, according to Curbed, both IBM and Microsoft are rumored to be interested in anchoring the assymetrical, 13-story, 440,000-square-foot tower.

Construction work on the project started last summer and occupancy is scheduled for sometime in 2013. Minskoff has said previously that he’s aiming to fill 51 Astor with high-tech companies, investment banks, and/or advertising firms, and it would be hard to do much better than Microsoft or IBM. (As you may recall, IBM has also been linked to Albanese’s LEED Platinum-hopeful tower on the High Line in Chelsea).

Although other specific green design features haven’t been revealed, 51 Astor Place will offer a private green roof on the fifth floor, a tenant-only green roof on the 13th floor, and include an urban plaza at the corner of Third Avenue and Astor Place.

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