LEED Platinum for 1865 Historic Building

Barton Exterior 1

Just recently, the new headquarters for the Barton Group was awarded LEED Platinum, a noteworthy achievement for an historic building originally built in 1865.  The building appears to be only the seventh Platinum building in New York (and the 105th in the country) and was a finalist for ED+C's 2008 Excellence in Design Awards.  The 16,000 square foot building now has a green roof, energy-efficient windows, a raised floor for air and electrical, a rainwater collection system, and a number of other green features:

Green roof 2

  • reused 97% of existing building structure;
  • geothermal heating and cooling;
  • 100% wind power source for electrical;
  • office furniture from recycled materials;
  • state-of-the-art ventilation and lighting;
  • shower rooms for bicyclers; and
  • preferred parking for low-emissions vehicles;

As you all likely understand, obtaining LEED Platinum on an existing building such as this involved considerable and concerted effort.  First, the owner ended up having to rent land from the city in the parking lot to install the geothermal (because negotiations with neighbors did not go through).  Second, the structure had to be strengthened to provide for the modular green roof.  In the end, though, the project team obtained critical experience renovating an historic building and the community will continue to benefit from everyone's commitment.  

Green roof

Randall Perry - Cafeteria

Randall Perry - Reception

Randall Perry - Board Room

Reserved parking

Owners: The Barton Group; architect of record: Mahota Associates; MEP engineers: Excel Engineering P.C.; structural engineers: Shamrock Engineering P.C.; civil engineers: Clark Engineering; design-builder: Bette & Cring Construction; interior design: First Columbia; LEED/NYSERDA consultants: Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture & Engineering P.C.

Photos: Randall Perry (interiors); Beth Mosall of Bette & Cringe Construction. 


  • http://www.m2econsulting.com Jonas Blake

    This is great. It’s wonderful to see an example of a historic building getting LEED certification, because it shows that it is achievable without major changes to the building’s ascetics. I think many people still hear “Green Building” and picture some future house, with nothing but glass walls. (those are nice too, of course)

    This is an example of why LEED really can be mainstream.

  • http://mportlandrealestate.com Tyler Portland Real Estate

    Congratulations to them! That place looks amazing. Plus the wind energy and the green roof are neato.

  • http://www.uprinting.com/Artist-Canvas.html Canvas Prints

    Congratulations an a job well done! This just shows that no matter how tough, it is possible to achieve this “Green Building”. The investment will surely be worth it.

  • http://www.passivehousemn.org Tim

    What is its energy use? How does the remodeled building compare to before, and to other buildings. Why are we talking about office furniture and not the building envelope? Which of the two will have more impact on the environment and our society?

    • Beth

      The building was designed to be 49% more efficient than NYS code. It is currently running at about 53% more efficient. All energy upgrades are scheduled to have a payback of 3.5 years.
      The modular office furniture allows reconfiguration of office space, reducing demolition and construction debris, which amounts to 1/3 of all waste produced by the US each year. How much embodied energy is in all of that?

      Beth Mosall, LEED AP
      Bette & Cring Construction

      • Francis Walsh

        I am very impressed with the Barton Mine building. Wonderful example of the possibilities that exist for our older buildings. The town I work in sits on geothermal potential from 50 – 75 feet below the surface. Test wells have been drilled – one building is in fact being heated by geothermal (since 1984). Would love to have a discussion with Bette & Cring about a few projects in our downtown.

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