While designers across the globe are busy finalizing designs for the ultra-modern green skyscrapers ahead of their times, one particular high rise building on New York’s 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue has already become one. Bank of America Tower has won the “platinum” certification from U.S. Green Building Council, the non-profit council that promotes environmentally friendly construction and design.
Constructed by Cook&Fox Architects, the 54-story building completed in 2008 at a cost of $2 billion won the green certification based on its green credentials. The tower uses environmentally friendly construction materials, in this case, 87 percent of it is erected using recycled material, and the concrete prepared from 45 percent recycled content — in this case, blast furnace slag. The building has its own 4.6-megawatt co-generation plant, and its exteriors wrapped with floor-to-ceiling windows that optimize natural lighting. The tower has its own rainwater harvesting system other than wastewater recycling mechanism in place. Not just that, the men’s rooms even have waterless urinals and all these measures save an estimated 8 million to 9 million gallons of water per year.