Completed: 2010

Architect: Cook + Fox

Floors: 55

1-51 tenant floors, 52-55 mechanical space

Total Square Feet: 2,354,000

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One Bryant Park

The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park sets a new standard in high-performance buildings, for both the office workers who occupy the tower and for a city and country who have awakened to the modern imperative of sustainability. Drawing on concepts of biophilia—or humans’ innate need for connection to the natural environment—the vision at the occupant scale was to create the highest quality modern workplace by emphasizing daylight, fresh air, and an intrinsic connection to the outdoors. At the urban scale, the tower addresses its local environment as well as the context of midtown Manhattan, to which it adds an expressive new silhouette on an already-iconic skyline. With the Bank of America as its primary tenant, occupying six trading floors and 75% of its interior, the tower signals a significant shift in corporate America and in the real estate industry, acknowledging the higher value of healthy, productive workplaces. One Bryant Park’s most lasting achievement is to merge the ethics of the green building movement with a twenty-first century aesthetic of transparency and re-connection. On an urban level, the project also represents the culmination of The Durst Organization's multigenerational efforts to revitalize the Times Square area, and gives back to the city with a street-level Urban Garden Room, a mid-block pedestrian passage/performance space, and the first “green” Broadway theater, the LEED Gold certified Stephen Sondheim Theater.
Major Tenants:
  • Bank of America
  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • The Durst Organization
  • Aureole by Charlie Palmer
  • Burger & Lobster

Amenities

PUBLIC SPACE

  • Three times the public circulation space required by zoning
  • New glass-enclosed dual-stair subway entrance at 42nd Street and Avenue of the Americas
  • Widened sidewalks
  • Urban Garden Room at 43rd Street and Avenue of the Americas, serves as an indoor extension of Bryant Park and Grace Plaza

THROUGH-BLOCK PEDESTRIAN PASSAGE

  • Through-block public passageway connecting 42nd and 43rd streets features Broadway-inspired programming and attractions

Stephen Sondheim Theatre (housed within One Bryant Park)

(formerly known as the Henry Miller Theatre)

DESIGN INTENT

  • To create a state-of-the-art Broadway playhouse that captures the intimacy of the original Henry Miller’s Theatre and invokes its design intent and spirit
  • To captivate present-day audiences with excellent sightlines, spacious and accessible audience amenities and a newly configured auditorium

RESTORATION AND RECONSTRUCTION HIGHLIGHTS

  • 50,000 square foot reconstructed theater
  • Seating capacity increased to 1,000
  • Neo-Georgian landmarked façade of original 1918 Allen, Ingalls & Hoffman–designed theater preserved and restored
  • Restoration and reconstruction of the historic oval reception room, doors and decorative plasterwork, and incorporation of salvaged elements into the new design
  • Fully ADA–accessible, including approximately 20 wheelchair viewing positions and a spacious box office lobby
  • Three times the number of female toilets required by code
  • Incorporation of a large lobby bar at the orchestra level, a bar/café on the ground floor level, and a restaurant at an upper mezzanine within one building
  • Fully functional fly-tower and scenic loading facilities
  • Operated by Roundabout Theatre

Sustainability

The Bank of America Tower is the first commercial high-rise in the United States to earn LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council. The building’s advanced technologies include a clean-burning, on-site, 5.0 MW cogeneration plant, which provides approximately 65% of the building’s annual electricity requirements and lowers daytime peak demand by 30%. A thermal ice storage system further helps reduce peak load on the city’s over-taxed electrical grid by producing ice at night, which is then melted during the day to provide cooling. Rain and snow that fall on the site are captured and re-used as gray water to flush toilets and supply the cooling towers. These strategies, along with low-flow fixtures, save approximately 7.7 million gallons of potable water per year.

The building’s exceptionally high indoor environmental quality results from hospital-grade, 95% filtered air; abundant natural daylight and 9.5ft ceilings; an under-floor ventilation system with individually-controlled floor diffusers; round-the-clock air quality monitoring; and views through a clear, floor-to-ceiling high-performance glass curtain wall. This curtain wall minimizes solar heat gain through low-E glass and heat-reflecting ceramic frit, and has allowed the Bank of America Tower to reduce artificial lighting with an automated daylight dimming system, reducing lighting and cooling energy by up to 30%.

Green buildings perform better than conventional ones. They save energy, use less water, generate less construction waste, and provide healthier and more comfortable indoor environments. Studies show that working in a green building increases productivity and reduces absenteeism. Green buildings provide tenants the opportunity to promote their healthy workspace to enhance their business brand and attract quality personnel.

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