Late last month, the retirement fund provider Mutual of America earned LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Gold certification from USGBC for its headquarters building at 320 Park Avenue. The 750,000-square-foot tower is the 41st in New York City to receive a LEED-EB designation, and adds to its -EB accolades: in 2009, it became Gotham’s first existing building to earn LEED-EB 2.0 Silver certification.
After a 1995, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects-led renovation that expanded the tower’s square footage, key features that supported 320 Park Avenue’s EB-OM application included an LED lobby and roof lighting retrofit and a 31-percent reduction in water consumption.
The 35-story tower was originally designed by Emergy Roth & Sons and built in 1960. It’s earned an Energy Star for 9 out of the past 10 years: most recently in 2011, with a score of 77. And in addition to its LEED-EB and Energy Star designations, 320 Park Avenue also features LEED for Commercial Interiors-eligible pre-built office suites.
“Mutual of America is honored that the U.S. Green Building Council recognized our commitment to preserve the earth’s invaluable natural resources,” said Thomas J. Moran, Chairman, President and CEO of Mutual of America in a press release. “LEED Gold certification is yet another milestone in our ongoing efforts to create innovative solutions that protect our environment for future generations.”