How JPMorgan Chase Earned LEED Platinum for its Global HQ

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JPMorgan Chase undertook one of the most ambitious green renovations in the world with the modernization of its 50-story, 1.3 million sf corporate headquarters in midtown Manhattan.

All the building’s features, including materials used to construct interior spaces, daylighting system, filmed windows to reduce heat gain and cooling costs, green roof to reduce heat, rainwater collection, climate management systems and landscaping reduced the impact on the environment and enhanced the comfort of the building’s occupants.

As a result, the newly greened building earned a LEED Platinum rating from USGBC in 2012.

Syska, who originally designed the building’s MEP systems in 1961, upgraded it in 1986 and 2010, was hired to lead the engineering design services for MEP and fire protection systems for the lower half (twenty floors) of the building. The central challenges and accomplishments included:

  • Renovating while supporting the continual operations of a world-class trading floor:
    In order to keep a critical 7×24 trading floor and the entire upper stack operational, the project was designed in seven phases of interior fit outs and infrastructure upgrades, beginning with the trading floor.
  • Increase rentable square footage by 2,000 per floor:
    By optimizing the HVAC design, reducing internal shaft space, modifying different exhaust systems and consolidating mechanical equipment rooms, we added 2,000 sf of rentable floor space back to each floor plate.
  • Deliver savings through value engineering:
    To achieve millions in savings, Syska used CFD (cooling solutions) modeling to redesign the mechanical systems in the lobby. The all air heating and cooling system was replaced with a state-of-the-art hybrid HVAC system, encompassing radiant floor heating, perimeter radiation and an overhead air-conditioning system with enhanced pressurization controls.
  • Cut the projects schedule:
    By mobilizing engineers across four offices, we cut the scheduled time period for design of the initial infrastructure and trading floor packages in half – three months in total.

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