NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Arup, the global engineering and consulting firm, announced today that its New York City office has earned LEED® Gold certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
The LEED rating system is the most widely used standard in the United States for recognizing sustainable design in buildings and communities. Gold is the second-highest rating obtainable.
Arup was involved in all aspects of the design of the 100,000 SF Lower Manhattan office, which consists of four floors connected by an internal stairway. Construction was completed in January 2012.
The firm's balanced approach to sustainable design focused on energy efficiency, alternative transportation, and indoor environmental quality. Extensive use of LED lighting and daylighting cut energy consumption significantly, and purchases of green power further offset use of fossil fuels. Forty bicycle racks and lockers (most of which are utilized on a typical business day) were installed to provide employees with transportation options. For water efficiency, the design employed low-flow toilets and energy-efficient faucets.
To provide a healthy work environment, the design included access to windows providing daylight and views, low-emitting materials, and the use of green cleaning products. (Arup worked with the building management to implement a green housekeeping program).
The Gold rating also included points for responsible materials procurement. Much of the furniture in the office contains recycled content, and accents such as a timber wall in the reception area have been repurposed from local sources – in this case, the Coney Island boardwalk.
Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world's most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. From 90 offices in 35 countries Arup's 10,000 engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects across the world. Arup opened its first US office 25 years ago, and now employs 1,000 in the Americas. The firm was founded in 1946 with an enduring set of values that fosters a distinctive culture, intellectual independence and collaborative approach. The people at Arup are driven to find a better way to deliver better solutions for their clients. (www.arup.com)
Susan Shelby, FSMPS, CPSM
Rhino Public Relations
Rebecca Maloney, CPSM, LEED AP
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