The global design firm Arup announced last week that it has earned Gold certification under the LEED for Commercial Interiors rating system from USGBC for its Manhattan offices at 77 Water Street in lower Manhattan. Built out by Turner, construction on the 100,000-square-foot space was completed back in January and designed by Verderame and Arup itself, which participated in all aspects of the space’s design.
The four-floor office across the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth floors is connected by an internal staircase. Its design program focused narrowly on energy efficiency, indoor environmental air quality, and accommodating alternative means of employee transportation. Forty bicycle racks and lockers – which Arup notes are mostly utilized on any given work day – extensive LED lighting and natural daylighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and a green power purchasing program all helped support the firm’s LEED application.
Arup also worked with 77 Water Street’s management company to implement a green housekeeping program for the space. And the LEED application also earned points for procuring local materials: much of the office furniture is Greenguard-certified and includes recycled-content materials. Most notably, the office reception area’s timber walls were repurposed from Coney Island boardwalk wood.
Designed by Emery Roth & Sons, the 26-story, 600,000-square-foot 77 Water Street dates from 1970 and was renovated in 2009. The tower’s flat-roofed tower features a mock World War I military airfield on the roof, complete with mock biplane, apparently built simply to entertain the denizens of neighboring skyscrapers.