The Empire State Building calls itself the World’s Most Famous Office Building, and it’s tough to argue with that. But while the 102-story Art Deco landmark on Fifth Avenue and 34th Street is both an iconic part of the midtown Manhattan skyline and perhaps the definitive Manhattan office building, one thing about the Empire State Building is still something of a secret in Manhattan commercial real estate – how green and energy efficient it is. An ultra-ambitious green retrofit in 2010 landed the Empire State Building the prestigious BOMA/NY Pinnacle Award for Building of the Year, and placed this Manhattan icon squarely among the elite green commercial real estate listings in NYC.
While the Empire State Building’s green retrofit is virtually invisible from the outside, the effects of the eight-pronged retrofit are felt in every square foot of office space. Building management systems were modernized top-to-bottom, office space was opened up and re-imagined, and the result is an Empire State Building that, while still the Manhattan office high-rise, is also virtually a new building. The Empire State Building’s green retrofit made the building notably more efficient – building energy use will be reduced by nearly 40 percent – while also modernizing the office space. Which means that, strange as it may seem, one of the most exciting new commercial real estate listings in Manhattan happens to be at one of the most iconic office buildings in Manhattan.
Much of what makes the Empire State Building an elite piece of commercial real estate, of course, has nothing to do with sustainability – the building’s supremely central midtown Manhattan location, for instance, is just a short walk from 18 different subway lines, the PATH, and the Long Island Railroad. Thanks to the retrofit and aesthetic overhaul, though, there’s a lot more to office space at the Empire State Building than a prestigious Manhattan address. The available office space at the Empire State Building is more open, airy and modern than ever before, with ceiling heights ranging up to 17 feet.
Much more so than in the past, office availabilities at the Empire State Building offer a wide variety of options – both full floor office rentals of up to 373,749 contiguous square feet and smaller, pre-built office space is available. Select pre-built office listings at the Empire State Building are also LEED-CI candidates, and spaces above 2,500 square feet all offer electric sub-metering, among other green building perks. The expected Manhattan office building amenities are in place as well, from 24-hour security to high- speed elevators. In short, the Empire State Building offers all the sustainability and service of a new construction Manhattan green office listing, as well as one thing that no other Manhattan office building can offer – it’s the Empire State Building.
- 350 5th Ave, New York, New York
- Herald Square
- LEED: EB–OM, Gold; Energy Star
- W&H Properties
- Shreve, Lamb & Harmon
- Year Built
- Square Footage
- The ESB boasts over 1.2 million square feet; individual floor plates range from 5000 to 20,000 square feet. Contact gbNYC for contiguous availabilities.
- Energy Star awarded in 2010 (79) and 2009 (90)
- 17-Foot Ceilings
- 2010 BOMA Office Building of the Year
- Comprehensive Green Retrofit Program
- Electric Submetering
- LEED-CI Eligible
- Mass Transit Access