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The New York Times Building

Posted by Jae on April 5, 2009

The New York Times Tower

The New York Times Tower

This is a 2007 completed, 52 floor, 319 m skyscraper in New York City.  The chief tenant is The New York Times Company, publisher of the The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and the International Herald Tribune.  Officially it is tied in height with the Chrysler Building (even though the Chrysler Building has many more floors and is clearly the more impressive skyscraper.)

The design incorporates many features for increased energy efficiency. The curtain wall maximizes natural light within the building while the ceramic-rod screen helps block direct sunlight and reduce cooling loads. Mechanized shades controlled by sensors reduce glare, while more than 18,000 individually-dimmable fluorescent fixtures supplement natural light, providing a real energy savings of 30 percent.

A natural gas plant provides 40 percent of the electrical power to the New York Times space within the building, with the waste heat used for heating and cooling. Floors occupied by the New York Times utilize a raised floor system which allows for underfloor air distribution, which requires less cooling than a conventional ducted system. The building also incorporated free-air cooling, bringing in outside air when it is cooler than the interior space, which saves additional energy. In excess of 95% of the structural steel was recycled.

The building, like many in midtown Manhattan, has no on-site parking, with most employees arriving by public transit. Since December 2007, building management has provided an indoor parking area for 20 bicycles.

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