Projected completion date: 2010By Nicole Caldwell
Skyscrapers have been called many things; but for the first time, Manhattan’s second-tallest will also be known as the country’s greenest.
The soon-to-be-completed Bank of America Tower, located at One Bryant Park in Midtown, boasts 2.1 million square feet and 52 stories of the greenest architecture in the United States—and possibly, the world. As the first skyscraper to strive for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED “Platinum” designation, the space was designed to reduce potable water and energy consumption by 50 percent; utilize 50 percent recycled material in the construction phase; and to acquire half of all building materials from within 500 miles of the site.
It’s not an easy undertaking, or cheap. The building in 2004 was estimated to cost $1 billion; this June, The Durst Organization developers secured a $1.3 billion loan to allow the construction to be completed. The building is co-owned by Durst and Bank of America, representatives of whom declined to comment for this piece.
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[Originally published by Clean Edison]