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In a landmark redesign project that began in 2007, the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University renovated its home at 715 Broadway to reflect the innovation that has defined the School since its inception in 1972. In the first renovation project at NYU to achieve LEED certification, a total area of approximately 32,000 square feet was completely renovated in 2007 and 2008. LEED is the U.S. Green Buildings Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System™, and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.


As visitors enter the Gallatin building, their first stop is the Wendy and Jerry Labowitz Lounge. With its floor-to-ceiling windows and vibrant artwork, the lounge enhances the Schoolís visible presence within the University and Greenwich Village communities and provides a venue for student and faculty interaction and collaborative work.

  • Recycling
    Gallatin is serious about recycling. Recycling bins are prominently placed throughout the building. During the Schoolís renovation, eighty-five percent of the construction waste was diverted away from landfills into recycling centers.
  • Public Transportation
    Gallatin community members take advantage of the Schoolís urban location, commuting by mass transit systems such as subways and buses as well as walking and biking to campus.
  • Efficient Systems
    Gallatinís space uses highly efficient Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) systemsócomplete with zoning and computerized controlsóthat do not contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).
  • Water Reduction
    Our new facilities use forty-five percent less water than those in our previous space. Filtered water fountains have replaced the need for bottled water and water coolers, and restrooms include dual-function, low-flow toilets and motion-sensored faucets.


The Gallatin Schoolís Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts is used for a broad variety of events, including dramatic productions, dance performances, readings, and film presentations. This space is also used in conjunction with an adjoining gallery space to create a multipurpose auditorium that accommodates a variety of larger-scale gatherings and signature School events.

  • Indoor Environment
    For renovation projects like cutting and resurfacing the exposed brick walls and archways throughout the building, Gallatin utilized an indoor environmental plan that reduced dust and particulate during the restoration. Today we carefully regulate our indoor environment by employing indoor chemical and pollutant source control that minimizes our occupantsí exposure to pollutants.
  • Flooring Materials
    During the construction of elements like our terrazzo floor, which consists of several constituent layers, only low-emitting materials, adhesives, and sealants were used.
  • Energy-Efficient Lighting
    We have succeeded in reducing Gallatinís lighting power density by more than thirty-five percent. In addition to utilizing energy-efficient lighting extensively throughout the Gallatin building, we have also installed light sensors and individual controls for more than ninety percent of its occupants.


Moving upstairs to the 5th floor of the building, community and flexibility characterize the layout. The Student Activities Suite is an open space that allows students to foster connections or pursue independent work. Wireless web access, comfortable furnishings that can be easily rearranged, and proximity to Student Life offices make this a multifunctional area for intellectual and social interaction.

  • Locally Sourced Greenline Furniture
    Gallatinís offices, classrooms, and lounges are equipped with Greenline furniture that is made from renewable or recycled materials. Twenty percent of these furnishings were produced regionally, within 500 miles of NYU. This reduced the amount of fuel needed to ship the furniture, helping to curb the emissions that shipping would have created.
  • Energy Star Equipment & Appliances
    More than seventy-five percent of Gallatinís equipment is Energy Star compliant. This includes computers, audio and video equipment in our classrooms, and office equipment such as copy and fax machines and kitchen appliances.
  • Carpeting
    We incorporated low-emitting carpet systems throughout Gallatinís space. This means that little or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were emitted during the manufacturing and installation of our carpets.


Gallatinís new home is complete with gallery spaces on the ground, 4th, 5th, and 6th floors. These spaces provide an area in which student, faculty, and alumni artwork may be displayed throughout the year, in addition to special exhibits.

  • LEED Paints and Coatings
    All of the paints and coatings used in Gallatinís renovation project emitted little or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs), for enhanced indoor air quality.
  • Green Power
    More than fifty percent of Gallatinís power comes from wind generation. As part of the Schoolís redesign and renovation project, we purchased five hundred and sixty wind energy credits for 2008 and 2009.
  • Electrical Sub-metering
    Gallatin has installed electrical sub meters on all of the floors it occupies. These allow us to not only compare our energy savings to those of non-LEED buildings, but also to monitor specific locations within our building that utilize high energy levels, so that we may adjust usage as necessary for further efficiency.