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One Bryant Park, New York, United States

Wednesday 24 Sep 2008

America's greenest tower

Copyright Wade Zimmerman 
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One Bryant Park nears completion 

The new corporate headquarters for the Bank of America located at One Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan is nearing completion. Designed by New York architect Cook + Fox, the 52 storey glass and steel tower will be the first high rise building in the city to be LEED Platinum certified and the greenest skyscraper in the country.

Located on the largest development site in Midtown Manhattan, the Bank of America Tower will house the 1.6 million sq ft headquarters for the New York operations of Bank of America and the 50,000 sq ft restored and reconstructed Henry Miller Theater, as well as 1 million sq ft of office space for other tenants. The $1 billion project, co-developed by Bank of America and The Durst Organization, will rise adjacent to the Condé Nast Building at Four Times Square.

The building is noteworthy for its pioneering integration of high-performance environmental technologies. The building’s sustainable features include a floor to ceiling high performance glass curtain wall, an advanced under-floor air delivery system and an on site cogeneration plant which works in concert with an ice-storage system to reduce energy demands. The tower will also capture and reuse nearly all rainwater and wastewater, saving millions of gallons of clean water each year.

The building’s faceted crystal form lets daylight reach the street, while capturing and refracting the changing angles of the sun. In contrast to its sleek exterior the base of the building locks into the urban fabric with natural, earth-bound elements that relate to the human scale of the street. Like a front porch, an Urban Garden Room at the corner of Sixth Avenue and 43rd Street will provide public space and act as an extension of Bryant Park.

Sharon McHugh
US Correspondent

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