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Greenroof Project of the Week for December 2, 2013: 1133 Avenue of the Americas

on December 4, 2013 at 11:39 am under Project of the Week: 12/2/13

1133 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY, USA

5,510 sq. ft Greenroofs


Project Description & Details

With its limestone façade and sleek modernist lines, the International Style 1133 Avenue of the Americas tower led the transformation of Avenue of the Americas into a business hub. A $10 million building enhancement program for the 1.1 million sf of world-class commercial office space was completed in January 2013 by The Durst Organization, including greenroofs.

Kelly Luckett, President of Green Roof Blocks, says “The experience has been equivalent to working on a master’s degree in material handling. For example, this particular building’s freight elevator only went to the 45th floor.” Yet, modular Green Paks greenroof systems from Green Roof Blocks now thrive 47 and 48 stories high in the air on Sixth Ave – officially Avenue of the Americas – in midtown Manhattan. Students from High School for Environmental Studies research the plants here to determine the benefits of green roofs in high-rise settings such as Manhattan. The Durst Organization has installed over one acre of green roofs within their portfolio.

Read Kelly’s latest article “Big Apple Green” to learn more.


1133 Avenue of the Americas is featured in the month of May in The 2014 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Calendar – order yours today. They make a perfect holiday gift for your family, friends, staff and clients!

Year: 2013
Owner: The Durst Organization
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 5,510 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Inaccessible, Private


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Building Architect: Emery Roth & Sons
Modular Greenroof System: Green Paks by Green Roof Blocks
Growing Media Provider: McEnroe Organic Farms
Research: High School for Environmental Studies Students
Plant Supplier: Jost Greenhouses

Click here to see more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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