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:
- 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.
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.