Owned by Mitsui Fudosan America and managed by Hines since 2011, 1251 Avenue of the Americas has earned (by our count) New York City’s 46th LEED for Existing Buildings rating, recently scoring a Silver rating under LEED-EB: OM. One of Wallace Harrison’s “XYZ” towers, 1251 joins its sister towers at 1211 Avenue of the Americas (“X”) and 1221 Avenue of the Americas (“Y”) in earning LEED-EB certification from USGBC.
Specific sustainable features that supported 1251 Avenue of the Americas’ LEED- EB application – spearheaded by consultants CodeGreen – include its participation in a ConEd electrical and steam load curtailment program; an LED lighting retrofit program in the lobby and concourse areas; an e-waste recycling program; and energy conservation measures for its mechanical and electrical systems. The building has also reduced water usage by 5 percent over code (which should save 2 million gallons annually) and reached an ongoing consumables recycling rate of over 50 percent. As the property manager, Hines also offers the building’s top-flight tenant roster – which includes DLA Piper, Merrill Lynch, and the Bank of Tokyo – its “Green Office for Tenants” program.
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.
“LEED Silver Certification in a multi-tenant building of this scale requires significant dedication from both ownership and the management team. This achievement by Mitsui Fudosan America and Hines at 1251 Avenue of the Americas is a clear indicator of the important role that sustainability has in the building’s management and operations. Energy-efficient base building systems and tenant involvement are both integral in maintaining a sustainable commercial building in New York City,” said CodeGreen’s Rebecca Shore Schmidt, who served as the project’s senior project manager, in a press release.