Ice Cold Green: In White Plains, Heineken USA Headquarters Earns LEED-CI Gold

Heineken USA has earned Gold certification under the LEED for Commercial Interiors rating system for its corporate headquarters space at 360 Hamilton Avenue in White Plains, New York.

Heineken USA has earned Gold certification under the LEED for Commercial Interiors rating system for its corporate headquarters space at 360 Hamilton Avenue in White Plains, New York. (You may recall that the 384,000-square-foot, 12-story tower also serves as the suburban headquarters of SL Green’s Reckson division and recently earned LEED-EB Gold certification from USGBC.)

The renovation took place while Heineken remained in occupancy. Glass walls and workstations increase natural daylight, which permeates deep into numerous collaborative working areas. “We took a flexible and non-linear approach to positioning collaborative areas that would encourage better integration and foster a sense of community within the office, allowing employees to work in a more creative way,” said MKDA Senior Project Manager Michael Sanchirico in a press release.

Heineken’s space is extensively branded: the elevator lobby walls are lined with green Heineken bottles (pictured) and the reception area features an adjacent bar. Light boxes include graphics and corporate culture slogans (“community” and “pride”) are affixed to individual interior columns. And conference rooms are named – and branded – after each of Heineken’s brands (currently 170 in total, which include Amstel, Tiger, Birra Moretti, and Murphy’s). Heineken’s signature green color – accented with red – is also pervasive through the entire space.

Heineken’s space also features energy efficient systems and lighting, low-VOC emitting paints and flooring, Energy Star equipment and appliances, and materials with pre- and post-consumer recycled content. The project team also sourced materials regionally and diverted existing materials from area landfills: it was led by architects MKDA and sustainability consultants CodeGreen.

As we noted previously here at gbNYC, 360 Hamilton Avenue is certified Gold under LEED-EB: the tower increased recycling by 50 percent, reduced energy by 25 percent, and dropped water consumption by 20 percent. It also earned a 2010 Energy Star label from EPA.

About Stephen Del Percio

Stephen Del Percio has written for gbNYC+ since 2006 and currently serves as in-house counsel for one of the world's largest engineering, construction, and technical services companies. He earned a B.Eng. from Columbia, his J.D. at William & Mary, and lives in New York City with his wife and daughter. You can follow Stephen on Twitter, email him at stephen@gbNYC.com, or join gbNYC on Facebook to continue the conversation.

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