The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced that it has been awarded LEED® Silver certification for the Fulton Center on Broadway between Fulton and Dey Streets in Manhattan’s Financial District. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings.
The Fulton facility is the first subway station to receive a LEED® rating. The LEED® rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
The Fulton Center was designed as a demonstration of an environmentally responsible 21st century rail transit center. It achieved LEED® certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The facility achieves more than 25 percent in energy savings compared to a baseline building of similar type. Half of the energy used at the Fulton Center comes from renewable sources. Additionally, daylighting from the iconic oculus reduces electricity use, while low flow plumbing fixtures reduce water consumption by 40 percent.
“The Fulton Center has been the recipient of a number of awards and honors, but this designation is truly special,” said MTA Capital Construction (MTACC) President Michael Horodniceanu. “It shows how we married the old with the new to create a state of the art transportation hub, shopping destination and office facility while keeping the environment top of mind.”
Encased in a glass and steel shell, the bright and modern facility dramatically improves the commuter experience and will accommodate up to 300,000 daily riders using the 2, 3, 4 5, A, C, J, Z and R subway lines. Construction of the Fulton Center included restoration of the 125-year-old Corbin Building, which will provide additional public access to the facility. The Fulton Center houses nearly 66,000-square-feet of revenue generating retail and commercial space and the MTA’s largest digital media program, both of which are being managed and operated by Westfield Corp.