Carnegie Hall Becomes More Energy-Efficient, Awarded LEED Silver Certification
Carnegie Hall is excited to share that it has been awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it one of the oldest and most notable buildings to achieve such distinction.
This milestone came to fruition following the fall 2014 completion of Carnegie Hall's Studio Towers Renovation Project, a comprehensive project which has created new inspirational spaces for music education on the existing upper floors of the landmark building while also completely refurbishing Carnegie Hall's backstage areas. In addition to its programmatic importance to the Hall, the project has created an extraordinary opportunity to highlight the importance of sustainable design and its positive impact on New York City, providing an inspiring example of the adaptive reuse of a historic building.
A key component of the renovation project that helped Carnegie Hall achieve its LEED certification was the new 10,000-square-foot Weill Roof Terrace which utilizes reflective pavers and plantings that reduce the heat island effect and the building's overall carbon footprint. Thanks to the Hall's 450 original windows on its upper floors, natural light has been maximized in the renovation and design, which also incorporates the use of LED bulbs and occupancy sensors. Within the facility, low-flow plumbing fixtures also reduce the building's water consumption.
"With the Studio Towers Renovation Project and creation of our new Resnick Education Wing, we aimed to build on Carnegie Hall's amazing history, ensuring that our building continues to revitalize itself for the 21st century as a place as important to the future of music as it has been to the past," said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall's Executive and Artistic Director. "An important component of the project has been the opportunity to upgrade our building's infrastructure, and we are thrilled to say, as we approach our 125th anniversary, that Carnegie Hall is more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly for staff and visitors than ever before."
Carnegie Hall's LEED Silver certification was achieved in part through a close collaboration with Siemens, which was enlisted as one of the Hall's technology partners to modernize the almost 165,000 square feet of non-performance space. As part of the Studio Towers renovations, Siemens supplied building automation, fire and life safety, and security systems to make Carnegie Hall more energy-efficient, safe and secure.
"We are honored to have been involved in this project and help Carnegie Hall to achieve its vision of providing a music learning space for students, families, young artists, and people from across New York City," said Dave Hopping, President of Siemens' North American-based Building Technologies Division. "It was a challenge retrofitting a nearly 125-year old building that had no original blue prints with technology that would modernize its energy efficiency, fire and safety systems, but as a result of these efforts, Carnegie Hall is now one of the oldest buildings to receive a LEED Silver Leadership certification."