Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Bank of America at One Bryant Park Tour

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The tour of the Bank of America Tower, the recipient of the CTBUH Best Tall Building Americas Award in 2010, started in the main lobby of the building. Here the group was shown some of the sustainable features of the space, such as the bamboo-panel ceiling and a green, enclosed public seating area at the east corner of the lobby.

Three angles of the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Square

Most of the sustainable technology, however, is invisible to the public eye and can be found in the basement of the building. A futuristic looking information panel composed of a number of flat-screen TVs provide instant insight into the energy usage and the carbon levels of the individual floors of the building. Also, cooling installations can be found at this level, consisting of 44 ice storage tanks which are activated during off-peak and hence less-expensive hours. The ice created during the night is used to cool the building during the day.

Ice cooling tanks Daniel Monahan, Chief Engineer of One Bryant Park showing the real-time information panel

During the second part of the tour, the group was hosted by the Durst Organization, who has developed the tower and also occupies the 49th floor. The Durst Organization goes back a long way in New York City. The four generations which have led the company have introduced a separate real estate profession: a company which not only develops projects, but also builds and manages them. This allows for the incorporation of more long-term strategies, like sustainability.

In the 1960’s the company acquired many pieces of land in the Times Square district with the intent to develop the area as a whole according to the design principles at the time. The scale model of this plan is still present in the office. Most of us could almost not look at it without feeling a slight sense of relief that this plan never was realized in full. However, land ownership eventually did result in the construction of the 4 Times Square tower in 2000 and Bank of America Tower in 2010. The former was designed with a number of sustainable strategies in a time when the LEED accreditation system had not yet been developed. For example, the building uses environmentally friendly gas-fired absorption chillers, along with a high-performing insulating and shading curtain wall to ensure that the building does not need to be heated or cooled for the majority of the year. It also has a number of recycling chutes which serve the entire building and uses solar and fuel cell technology. Completed ten years after 4 Times Square, Bank of America Tower is the first commercial skyscraper to achieve LEED Platinum certification.

Public lobby Left to right: Karel Vollers, Javier Quintana de Uña, Sejung Kat Park, Alexandra Pollock, Marshall Gerometta, Seifu Bekele, Maciej Cichy and Ryan Donaldson.

The CTBUH would like to thank Ryan Donaldson of The Durst Organization and Daniel Monahan, Chief Engineer of One Bryant Park for guiding us.

More information about the Bank of America at One Bryant Park can be found in our
Tall Buildings Database and the 2010 Awards pages.

The tour of the World Trade Center was one of a number of
New York City skyscraper tours
organized during the 3rd meeting of the Research, Academic and Postgraduate Working Group in the first week of April 2011.