Latham, NY-based Plug Power installed fuel cell units in the New York area shortly after the Aug. 14, 2003, power outage as part of a larger effort by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) to place fuel cells across the island, exploring fuel cells as a way to alleviate the power grid.
Other New York applications utilizing Plug Power fuel cells include restaurants, fire stations, apartment buildings, army bases, Hofstra University, the Suffolk County Legislative Building, Babylon Town Hall, and East Hampton Town Hall.
“The units provide 10,000 watts of electrical power to the building’s electrical supply grid and approximately 30,000 BTUs of heat to the building’s domestic hot water heater,” says Suffolk County Executive Robert J. Gaffney. “Obviously, the County is extremely pleased to be working with LIPA on this alternative energy project. This is one of several pilot projects we’re working on to reduce the demand for off-site power while providing clean, efficient energy.”
In 2001, LIPA constructed a three-acre site at its sub-station in West Babylon. Seventy-five Plug Power fuel cell systems were commissioned in late 2001 and have generated in excess of 400,000-kilowatt hours of electricity.
Plug Power’s fuel cells don’t seek to provide back-up power to an entire building, but just to critical portions – elevator banks, data centers, communications, etc.
Antron® Announces 2003 Design Award Winners
The Antron Design Awards, an annual competition for professional architects and interior designers in the United States and Canada, honor those who are setting new standards of creativity and originality in commercial interior design through the innovative use of carpet.
Awards for 2003 were given in the following categories: Small Office, Large Office, Healthcare, Hospitality, and Retail. Grand Prize Winner and Small Office Category Winner was Chicago-based Eastlake Studio for the Storck USA office building (pictured at left).
Other winners included Gensler; Perkins Eastman; OWP/P; Garcia + Francica Architecture/Design; The Environments Group; J. Robert Bazemore Inc.; Chu + Gooding Architects; and lauckgroup.
IFMA and Antron® Introduce Green Glossary
The International Facility Management Association (IFMA), headquartered in Houston, and Antron announce the development of The Green Glossary for High-Performance Buildings. The Green Glossary is a lexicon containing 360 standardized environmental terms.
“Providing a common language for facility managers is a crucial step in integrating high-performance, environmentally favorable products, and maintenance techniques into the specification process and beyond,” says Cylette Willis, Ph.D., vice president, professional development, IFMA. “By combining forces to offer this invaluable resource, IFMA and Antron are helping drive the industry toward more environmentally focused decision-making.”
“We felt it was necessary to establish a universal language for environmental design and construction, thus creating a standard that will help members of our industry become more knowledgeable about the importance of green practices,” says Mark Ryan, environmental initiatives manager, INVISTA, Wilmington, DE. “INVISTA is pleased to further its commitment to sustainability by partnering with leading organizations on key environmental initiatives.”
The Green Glossary, intended to serve as a reference guide for those involved in the design, construction, ownership, and management of high-performance green buildings, is based on accepted industry definitions and terminology and is endorsed by leading industry associations, including the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA), International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). For more information, please visit (www.antron.invista.com) or (www.ifma.org).
100th LEED®-certified Project
Interest in the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Green Building Rating System™ is rising. In mid-April, the USGBC awarded the Bonneville Power Administration Ampere Annex in Vancouver, WA, a Silver rating and the project became the 100th to be LEED-certified. The organization reports that in the four years since the rating system was created, more than 1,200 projects have registered for certification and in the first quarter of 2004 alone, 18 projects were LEED-certified.
To find out more, visit (www.usgbc.org).
A Touch of Europe in New Jersey Shopping Center
How do you get shoppers to spend more and stay longer? That’s just the question Metro Commercial Real Estate Inc., exclusive leasing agent for Moorestown Commons, set out to answer. The Moorestown Commons in Mt. Laurel, NJ, was designed to bring the flavor of Europe to South Jersey. Outdoor dining, piped-in music, and luxurious landscaping are just a few ways the shopping center is enticing customers.
“It’s an absolutely beautiful cen-ter, well maintained, and beautifully landscaped,” says Ben Blumberg, owner of Barnacle Ben’s restaurant, located at Moorestown Commons. “My customers have really responded to the outdoor patio-style dining options. By just our second day here, word had spread and we were already busy.”
The idea of creating an environment that fueled tenant satisfaction and provided a unique shopping experience was part of the plan from Day One. Moorestown Commons, with its fountains, courtyards, winding paths, and clock tower, was designed to appeal to well-educated, upscale shoppers. The property is locally owned by Moorestown Retail Development LLC, a company comprised of representatives from Whitesell Construction Company Inc. of Delran, NJ. “It’s an upscale neighborhood center with great shopping and services, and the response from the community has been very positive,” says Rick Cureton, executive vice president, Whitesell Construction. “The fact that it is in close proximity to the residents of Moorestown makes it very convenient, which has added to its allure.”
Land O’ Lakes, WI – Opened in fall 2002, the Conserve School is the epitome of green design. Interplan LLC (www.interplanorlando.com), out of Chicago and Orlando, provided architecture, design, and engineering services, helping the school’s founder, the late James R. Lowenstine, provide a futuristic, environmentally friendly campus. This college preparatory boarding school offers education to students grades nine through 12, on a campus of buildings made of fieldstone and wood. This $52 million project spans over 1,200 acres and includes the following environmental design features:
Conserve School: Ahead of the ‘Learning’ Curve
A variety of post-consumer and fully recyclable environmentally friendly building materials.
Buildings that feature large expanses of glass for optimum viewing of the natural environment surrounding the school.
Large overhangs that were incorporated into buildings to reduce heat gain in the summer.
An energy management system that monitors and controls mechanical systems centrally.
Motion sensors and photocells that were incorporated into the lighting systems to minimize energy consumption.
To find out more about this project, visit (www.conserveschool.org).
Real-time Performance Not Right for All Businesses
Jeffrey Hart, president and CEO of expense management firm Cadence (www.cadence.com), San Jose, CA, says the push toward more and more information arriving faster and faster actually causes unnecessary expenses and an information bottleneck for most businesses. Although they have good intentions, Hart says, the majority of businesses attempting to control expenses in the utility, telecommunications, and leasing sectors are “buying a backhoe when all they need is a shovel. All too often, in the rush for information, businesses are buying a solution for a problem before they even know what the problem is,” he states. Hart adds that real time is only critical if staff exists to interpret the real-time data.
Get in the know. Sign up. Pack your bags and go! The following line-up of industry educational and trade show events will help you plan the rest of 2004.
Mark Your Calendar
The Buildings Show at NeoCon® World’s Trade Fair
BOMA International’s North American Commercial Real Estate Congress and The Office Building Show
Toronto, ON, Canada
41st Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)
ASIS International 2004 50th Annual Seminar and Exhibits
The Buildings Show at NeoCon® East
International Facility Management Association (IFMA) World Workplace 2004
Salt Lake City, UT
Greenbuild International Conference and Expo
Now available from the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, the report titled “Life-cycle Cost Analysis of Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavements (CRCP)” offers information about a type of pavement associated with durability and minimal maintenance. The study examines the cost-effectiveness of five of the most influential CRCP design features: concrete slab thickness, longitudinal steel reinforcement amount, base type and thickness, shoulder type, and slab width. The full report is available online at (www.crsi.org) or by calling (847) 517-1200.
Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavement Report Available
Greening Facility Restrooms
The concept of green is applicable in every aspect of your facility – even in the restrooms. “When you try to apply green to the restroom, it brings up a number of scenarios,” explains Jeffrey Carlton, senior marketing development manager, Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific. “It’s a dilemma for a lot of building owners. Nice office buildings require a quality of product such that [a] 100-percent recycled-type product doesn’t work for them; it doesn’t meet their criteria. It provides them with the dilemma: ‘How else can I be green without having to forgo quality?’ That’s when you can look at a number of other ways to be green in the restroom.”
Georgia-Pacific emphasizes that going green in the restroom doesn’t just mean using products with recycled content – it requires providing healthy environments for users; making a building more marketable for prospective tenants; and streamlining facility operations and costs.
“Another way, and really more importantly than buying recycled products, is actually buying products that reduce usage so you have less going to the landfill,” Carlton says. “When you look at the products manufactured for a washroom, whether it be towels or tissue, that’s not being recycled. It’s going to the landfill. The concept is, ‘Let’s put less in the trash.’ ” Products with features that reduce usage and waste (such as dispensers allowing users to select paper length and dispensers with increased towel presentation intervals) can help facilities professionals send less restroom waste out to the garbage.
Touch-free dispensers can also assist in the quest for sustainability: The fewer items that a user has to touch in the restroom, the less likely that sickness and cross-contamination will occur in the workplace. A recent study conducted by Georgia-Pacific indicates that 52 percent of office employees rank a touch-free towel dispenser as the most important feature in the building’s restroom. Carlton adds, “We had 78 percent [of employees] in the office environment who said that if they didn’t have to touch anything at all, it would be great. The reports are coming back that [touch-free is] very important to people entering washrooms; we’re seeing that trend coming on stronger and stronger.”
The Skyscraper Museum – the first and only institution devoted to the past, present, and future of skyscrapers and skylines – has finally opened its doors to the public. After six years as a nomadic institution, mounting exhibitions and programs in a series of vacant banking halls in New York City’s historic financial district, the museum now has its first permanent home. Located at the southern tip of Manhattan at 39 Battery Place, the museum occupies a ground-floor space in the 38-story tower of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Condominiums.
The Skyscraper Museum Opens Permanent Home in Lower Manhattan
Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) and built by Tishman Construction Corp., New York City – both of whom donated their services – the 5,800-square-foot facility includes two galleries, one for a core exhibit and another for changing shows, as well as offices and a museum store. The striking interior by SOM partner Roger Duffy features a polished stainless steel floor and ceiling that reflect the full-height exhibit cases into endless verticals, creating an illusion of towering structures.
Marking the museum’s entrance will be a large-scale stainless steel “light box” by artist James Turrell. The entrance has been approved by the NYC Art Commission and will be built in Phase II of the museum’s construction as soon as final funds are in place.
“A permanent home in Lower Manhattan was the dream from the start,” explains Carol Willis, founder and director, Skyscraper Museum, New York City. “Downtown is the birthplace of the skyscraper and a living archive of the evolution of the high-rise form with buildings that span more than a century. It is now the focus of worldwide attention as a place of both memory and renewal. Located just six blocks south of Ground Zero, with views of both New York [City’s] harbor and the downtown skyline, we occupy an important and poignant place to remember the past and consider the future of Downtown New York.” At the nexus of major tourism and cultural activity, the museum expects to attract around 125,000 visitors annually.
The opening exhibit, “Building a Collection,” displays a range of items from treasures to trivia. Photographs, drawings, models, films, city maps and land books, blueprints, advertisements, and souvenirs are brought together to illustrate the museum’s mission to “collect, preserve, and interpret” the evolving history of skyscrapers. Among the recently donated treasures is a photo album of more than 500 photographs of the construction of the Empire State Building compiled in 1931 by the original contractor, Starrett Brothers & Eken. Hundreds of historic postcards of New York towers survey lost and extant landmarks that represent the long-standing popular identification of skyscrapers as the symbol of New York City.
The inaugural exhibit will be followed in October 2004 by “Wright’s Towers,” the first comprehensive examination of the high-rise designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. The exhibition will be guest-curated by Hilary Ballon, chair, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University, New York City.
In addition to exhibitions at the new permanent space, the Skyscraper Museum continues to serve its audience as it has for the last six years through publications and talks, collaborative programs such as the “Viewing Wall” at Ground Zero, and its award-winning website (www.skyscraper.org). The popular website provides information including “Webwalk,” which features 3D virtual tours of Downtown New York that visitors can print out to create their own walking tours. The museum has also launched VIVA, Visual Index to the Virtual Archives, the interface that uses a 3D-computer model of Manhattan as a click-on map. It enables visitors to access the collections and explore the city, present and past, through an online searchable database.
“The museum would not have been possible without the generosity of many supporters in the real estate community who have donated, designed, and are building the museum,” says Willis. The new space is donated by the developers, Millennium Partners, and is leased rent-free to the museum by the Battery Park City Authority. Construction has been made possible with major public support from: The New York City Council; the Battery Park City Authority; Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields; the New York State Council on the Arts; and with corporate, foundation, and private funds.