1211 Avenue of the Americas

One of the "XYZ towers" on Sixth Avenue, this 45–story, two million–square–foot tower is the largest commercial building that USGBC has certified Silver under the LEED for Existing Buildings rating system (under either –EB: OM or Version 2.0).

Originally developed by the Rockefeller Group as headquarters for the Celanese Corporation in 1973, 1211 Avenue of the Americas is one of the three “XYZ” towers that line the western side of Sixth Avenue near Radio City Music Hall (the Y and Z towers are the McGraw-Hill Building at 1221 and the Exxon Building at 1251). Today, after Rockefeller sold its interest in 1980, the tower serves as the headquarters for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation and related holdings, including the New York Post, Fox News Channel, and the Fox Business Network. Tenants enjoy in-building access to the Rockefeller Plaza concourse and Sixth Avenue subway lines. The tower is an excellent example of the International Style, originally designed by architects Harrison, Abramowitz & Harris.

Located between 47th and 48th Streets, the 45-story, two million-square-foot tower is the largest building to date that has been certified Silver under the LEED for Existing Buildings rating system (earning the rating from USGBC in mid-2009). The tower’s floor plates range from 40,000 to 60,000 square feet. Specific green features that owners Beacon Capital Partners incorporated into a recent retrofit effort that resulted in the tower’s LEED designation include efficient and reduced-content mercury lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and new glazing that boosts the amount of daylight that reaches the tower’s interiors. Beacon, in fact, is dedicated to using its LEED-EB efforts to assist tenants interested in implementing LEED for Commercial Interiors within their office spaces.

1211 Avenue of the Americas has been recognized by the real estate industry as a pacesetter for operational efficiency: in 2008 1211 Avenue of the Americas earned BOMA’s “Best Operating Office Building” award for buildings larger than one million square feet. It also achieved Energy Stars in 2008 (75) and 2009 (82). And, in 2010, it earned BOMA’s 2010 Middle Atlantic Regional Building of the Year award.

1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York  
Rockefeller Center 
LEED–EB: OM, Silver; Energy Star 
Beacon Capital Partners 
Harrison, Abramovitz & Harris 
Year Built
Square Footage
2 million square feet; floor plates range from 40,000 to 60,000 square feet 
Largest commercial building certified Silver under LEED–EB; earned Energy Stars in 2008 and 2009 with scores of 72 and 85, respectively. Multiple BOMA Building of the Year awards. News Corporation headquarters.