Manhattan office tower joins LEED ranks

Takenaka Corp.’s 27-story Heron Tower, a boutique office building in Manhattan’s Plaza District, has earned LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Currently under Cushman & Wakefield’s management, a team comprising Property Manager Joseph McCausland and Chief Engineer Tai Jance oversaw the upgrade process, reports Commercial Property Executive. Additionally, the New York City property is the owner’s first development to achieve LEED certification.

“Takenaka’s target at Heron Tower was LEED silver,” McCausland said in a statement. “The building team worked hard to find sustainability savings and areas of improvement, and our vendors and general contractors demonstrated their ability to meet the strict requirements set forth by the USGBC.”

The management replaced and upgraded both the interior and exterior air conditioning units and plans to add 200 units in 2018 and 2019, resulting in a complete building retrofit. The team also replaced a large number of plumbing fixtures, installed a high-end building management system and installed variable frequency drives on the condenser water pumps and cooling towers, facilitating the process of getting an ENERGY STAR score.

The asset has also been nominated for BOMA New York’s Operating Office Building of the Year.

Built in 1987, Heron Tower comprises 154,023 square feet of office space. The asset features tenant-controlled HVAC, concierge and doorman services, and full-floor options.


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