Completed in 2006, OEM’s headquarters at 165 Cadman Plaza East replaced the agency’s former facility destroyed on September 11, 2001.
The OEM headquarters project called for a gut renovation and addition to the former American Red Cross building. The facility offers approximately 65,000 square feet, and includes a 130-agency Emergency Operations Center, Watch Command, a press room with a direct feed to every news channel in New York, general office space, and training and conference rooms. The building is supported by state-of-the-art audiovisual and information technology systems and full back-up generation.
Boasting several environmentally responsible design features, the OEM building is the City’s first “green” agency headquarters. Sustainable design elements including efficient mechanical systems, recycled materials and locally manufactured materials, earned the building silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating System.
At the beginning of December 2007, OEM headquarters received a renewable energy certificate from Renewable Choice Energy for the 2,830,000 kWh of wind energy OEM purchased. According to the certificate, this purchase could prevent up to 3,857,290 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
Additional “green” highlights, such as roof pavers composed of light-colored concrete with a reflective coating (to reduce the heat-island effect), and synthetic gypsum and rubber tile flooring, help make the facility compliant with Energy Star and LEED criteria.
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OEM Headquarters receives award of merit from New York Construction for adaptive reuse (at New York Construction)
OEM Headquarters receives architecture award from the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA)