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Hearst Headquarters

The Hearst Headquarters structure is one of the first commercial office facilities in New York to achieve a LEED Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Bullet MEP; Structural; Building Technology; Commissioning
Bullet 20% less steel than conventional towers
Bullet LEED Gold

Located in midtown Manhattan, the Hearst Tower rises from the six-story base of a landmark art deco building. The building maintains a very distinctive look based on its exterior “diagrid” pattern. Tiers of glass and steel interlock in diamond shape pattern from the base of the building up to the top.

The geodesic design, called the "diagrid", features triangular steel bracing from the 10th floor up. There are no vertical columns around the perimeter, affording corner views not possible in typical buildings. The inherent lateral stiffness and strength of the diagrid provides a significant advantage for the general stability requirement for the tower under gravity, wind and seismic loading. This results in a highly efficient structural system that consumes 20% less steel material in comparison to conventional moment frame structures. Over 90% of the project’s structural steel contains recycled material.

The Hearst Headquarters received millions of dollars in Green Building tax credits from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. WSP USA provided the eco-friendly tower with mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural, IT and commissioning services. Innovative engineering solutions incorporated into this commercial office headquarters building include:

  • Daylighting controls

  • Variable air volume system

  • Central air handling units are located on the 28th floor of the building and not on each floor

  • Temperature control stations on each floor

  • Radiant floors are used for heating and cooling in the six-story entry/public lobby space

  • State-of-the-art laboratory and test kitchens

  • High performance low “E” glass

  • 100% outside air purge cycle for operational flexibility and also post construction indoor air quality management

  • Humidity sensors and humidity control

  • Low emissions materials

  • CO2 sensors for demand controlled ventilation

  • Utilization of the lobby water feature for humidity and conditioning of the lobby

  • Storm water reclamation of 14,000 gallons for re-use in the cooling tower

The Hearst Tower was named “2006 Project of the Year” by McGraw-Hill New York Construction Magazine, in addition to received many other prestigious awards.



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