Carnegie Hall in New York City was awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the US Green Building Council. The designation was achieved in part through work with Siemens, which was one of Carnegie Hall’s technology partners to modernize almost 165,000 square feet of non-performance space.
The certification follows the completion of Carnegie Hall’s Studio Towers Renovation Project, an upgrade of two towers atop the concert hall, in addition to construction of the new 60,000-sq-foot Resnick Education Wing, located on the Hall’s upper floors.
As part of the Studio Towers renovations, Siemens supplied building automation, fire and life safety, and security systems to make Carnegie Hall more energy-efficient and secure.
Siemens APOGEE building automation system integrates heating, venting, and air conditioning controls onto one platform that can be controlled both locally by end-users and from one central location by building engineers, or remotely, if desired. It also continually analyzes electricity demand and usage to manage overall building energy performance.
An additional component of the overall project that helped Carnegie Hall achieve its LEED certification is a new 10,000-sq-foot roof terrace with reflective pavers and plantings that reduce the heat island effect and the building’s overall carbon footprint. Thanks to the Hall’s 450 original windows on its upper floors, natural light has been maximized in the building’s renovation and design, which also incorporates the use of LED bulbs and occupancy sensors.