Monday, November 9, 2009

Buildings Breaking Boundries, Hearst Tower

Hearst Tower was designed by architect Norman Foster and was constructed by Turner Construction. Structural engineering for the 46 storey project was supplied by WSP Cantor Seinuk and its initial recognition was for being the first skyscraper in New York City, to break ground after September 11, 2001.

Upon its completion in 2006, it also became New York City’s first skyscraper to achieve LEED Gold accreditation from the USGBC (United States Green Building Council). 80% of the structures steel component, had been recycled.

The exterior’s diagonal diamond shaped design was incorporated so that fewer steel beams could be used to achieve the same durability as a conventional skyscraper, while at the same time, allowing for more natural light to enter. Not too surprisingly, the buildings floor and ceiling tiles are also made from recycled materials.

In addition, rainwater is collected on the roof and is channeled into a 14,000-gallon tank in the basement. It then gets pumped into the structures cooling system and is used for irrigating the towers many plants, as well as for supply to its innovative water sculpture, housed in the main lobby.

In 2006, the building received the Emporis Skyscraper Award, citing it as the best skyscraper on the globe to be completed that year.

Ernest Roper

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