Hearst Tower is a 46-story office tower whose landmark six-story cast stone base is ornamented with columns and allegorical statues, while the tower portions’ diagrid cladding is profiled stainless steel and low-E clear glass. Hearst Tower is located on 8th Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets.
The former six-story headquarters building was commissioned by its founder, William Randolph Hearst, and awarded to the architect Joseph Urban. The building was completed in 1928. Because the building is a designated landmark site, the original cast stone facade has been preserved in the new. Originally built as the base for a proposed skyscraper, the construction of the tower was postponed due to the Great Depression. The new tower addition was completed nearly 80 years later.
The tower—designed by the architect Norman Foster, developed by Tishman Speyer, and constructed by Turner Construction—is 46 stories tall, standing 597 feet with 856,000 square feet of office space. The uncommon triangular framing pattern (also known as a diagrid) required 10,480 tons of structural steel—20% less than a conventional steel frame. Hearst Tower was the first skyscraper to break ground in New York City after September 11, 2001.
A number of amenities were addded to better serve tenants, including restroom upgrades, workstations, a wellness center, ongoing seminars and events on various health issues, the Club (a fitness facility), Café 57 (a 340-seat corporate cafeteria), a newsstand, function spaces (including the Joseph Urban Theater and the 44th floor), state-of-the-art technology, Studio D (a professional photography studio), and Studio 57 (a full HD broadcast studio). All 80 conference rooms on the office floors are equipped with high-standard AV technology and are set to “plug and play.” There is IPTV for employees to view television programming or a live broadcast of a presentation taking place in the Joseph Urban Theater, as well as a media lab and IT training rooms.
Located two blocks south of Central Park, the building is within walking distance of Midtown Manhattan and all that New York City has to offer. The property is easily accessible by the Columbus Circle subway station and several NYC Metropolitan Bus routes.
- First building in New York City to receive a LEED® Gold certification for New Construction™ - Commerical Interiors™
- Diagrid frame contains roughly 20% less steel than would a conventional perimeter frame, saving approximately 2,000 tons of steel
- Each triangle in the diagrid is four stories tall, or 54 feet
- Over 90% of its structural steel contains recycled material
- Daylight sensors control lighting and reduce energy use
- 95% of office space has daylighting; 80% has views
- Over one mile of glass office fronts
- 15 passenger elevators utilizing the Schindler Miconic 10 destination dispatch vertical transportation system
- High-speed fiber-optic data transmission; fully Wi-Fi enabled
- Nine-story atrium lobby with a six-story fresco, Riverlines, and a three-story glass water feature, Icefall
LEED® Gold for Existing Buildings™
LEED® for Existing Building: Platinum
In 2011, Hearst Tower achieved an ENERGY STAR® score of 88. Efforts are now under way to improve the score further by ensuring that all possible measures are being taken to reduce energy consumption.
- 2011 BOMA/International TOBY Award
- 2010 BOMA/NY & MAC Regional Corporate Facility of the Year (Local and Regional Winner)
- 2009 BOMA/NY Earth Award
- 2007 Sustainable Leadership Award from CoreNet Global
- 2007 American Council of Engineering Companies of New York’s Diamond Award for Engineering Excellence
- 2006 McGraw Hill Construction Award: Building of the Year
- 2006 Green Building Council’s Build New York Award
- 2006 BOMA/NY Pinnacle Award
- 2006 Build New York Awards
- 2005 Global Green USA Green Building Design Award
- 2005 Architectural Record Innovation Prize at the McGraw Hill Construction Conference
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