We’ve written quite a bit here at gbNYC about W&H Properties’ $550 million retrofit project at the Empire State Building, which is serving as the basis for a LEED-EB:OM Gold application to USGBC. What we haven’t mentioned previously, though, are the individual, green, pre-built tenant spaces that W&H is offering in conjunction with Jones Lang LaSalle that are both move-in ready and will support a tenant’s LEED for Commercial Interiors certification aspirations.
W&H recently leased four of these spaces totaling 15,000 total square feet between the 53rd and 75th floors to Turkish Airlines, the Aberleen Group, X5 Music Group, and Napoli Bern Ripka LLP. Each pre-built tenant space features tenant-controlled HVAC systems, recycled-content and reclaimed interior finishes, natural daylighting, submetered electricity, and the building’s spectacular Manhattan views.
The pre-built program has been remarkably successful even in the current climate, according to W&H spokesperson Fred Posniak. “The speed of leasing is not the only impressive aspect of these suites,” he said in a press release. “They’ve also commanded high-watermark rents. In fact, ownership is so happy with the results, it has decided to expand the standard to our other properties.” Three more pre-built green spaces are still available, ranging from 3000 to 4000 square feet; available contiguous blocks of space at the Empire State Building range from 10,000 square feet to 373,479 square feet.
Of course, these four deals aren’t the only recent transactions at the Empire State Building; Baum-Essex-Crossroads, a 60-year-old company that designs, manufactures, and distributes consumer products, has expanded its space from 12,000 square feet on the fifth floor to approximately 17,000 square feet on the 24th floor.
A major component of W&H’s program includes replacing the 12-year-old glass in the building’s 6,514 double-pane windows with more efficient glazing (200 to 400 percent more efficient, according to W&H), which should reduce overall solar heat gain by 50 percent and save the building $400,000 in annual energy costs. As you may recall, in addition to JLL, the Rocky Mountain Institute, Clinton Climate Initiative, and Johnson Controls are all partnering with W&H in connection in its ambitious effort to green Manhattan’s most iconic skyscraper.