August, 2008 | Posted by: Ry
When you think of any metropolis city filled with steel and concrete, it's hard to imagine such a place could be green, sustainable and good for the environment.
However, in cities like New York City, Chicago and Portland (to name a few), sustainability has never been more visible. Take, for instance, one of the most expensive and largest green skyscrapers to ever break ground in the "Green Apple" - 50 West Street.
Designed by architect, Helmut Jahn, the $600 million, 65-story, 580,000 square foot tower is seeking a LEED Gold certification by the time construction is finished in the year 2011. Jahn plans to do this by clothing the tower with energy efficient glass, efficient water control fixtures, a green roof, recycling all demolition products and using all green building products in its construction.
When all is said and done, there will be 240 residential units (you can bet they are already selling), 150 hotel units and approximately 2,500 square feet of meeting space. On top of that, the building's developer, Time Equities Inc., will be donating $4.6 billion to New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development, $350,000 to the NYC Board of Education and $430,000 to be used for a computer science program at a local school. Now that's sustainable!