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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Sustainable Office - Cook + Fox

The cell phone pic doesn't really do it justice, but the new office space of Cook + Fox is very, very cool.

Non-profit organization O2, striving to blend environmental sustainability with design, hosted this green office event last night. The event included a tour of all of the sustainable features of the architecture firm's newly renovated office space, which is currently under consideration for a platinum rating under LEED-CI. (that's the commercial interiors version of the green building standard).

The office is really a showcase for many green materials - Interface flooring, Plyboo and non-toxic MDF for the cubicle walls, IceStone countertops in their kitchen - but also other green design elements such as daylighting, light fixtures on dimmers, a CO2 monitor to control air flow, waterless urinals and low flush toilets, not to mention their green roof. They're also working on ways to encourage recycling within their office, as well as trying to get other tenants in the building to do so. And as part of the green factor, Cook+Fox even gave each employee $10 to buy a plant for their desk.

Cook + Fox is the architecture firm behind the potentially LEED Platinum Bank of America building at One Bryant Park, currently under construction. By striving to make their office as green as possible will only enhance their position as one of the leaders in sustainable architecture in NYC. You can read more about this office space in and upcoming issue of Metropolis magazine.


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