Exterior rendering of 370 Jay Street

In 2018, NYU completed its façade and infrastructure renovation of the historic Transit Building at 370 Jay Street, transforming the former headquarters of the MTA into an engineering, media, tech, and arts hub. This ambitious renovation incorporated cutting edge technologies to drastically reduce the building’s energy, water, and construction waste footprints:  

OUTCOMES

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37% REDUCTION

in energy use*

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40% REDUCTION

in water use*

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4,000 CUBIC YARDS

of avoided construction waste

*Compared to a typical renovation (ASHRAE 90.1 2007 & EPAct 2005)


Most notably, the decision was made to retain and restore the existing limestone façade, saving over 4,000 cubic yards of construction waste.

LEED Platinum seal

LEED PLATINUM CERTIFIED

By employing the following strategies, 370 Jay Street has become a LEED Platinum Certified (Core & Shell) building, only one of four such buildings in New York City. The building was also a recipient of the 2019 AIANY Honor Award for Sustainability.

STRATEGIES

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THERMAL ICE STORAGE

  • Alleviates electricity demand on the grid during peak usage times
  • Reduces energy spending on space cooling
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DAYLIGHT HARVESTING

  • Facade design maximizes daylight for occupant comfort while limiting overheating
  • Daylight sensors adjust indoor lighting to maintain optimal light level
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ONSITE ELECTRICITY GENERATION

  • One-megawatt microturbine reduces strain on the grid and provides resiliency
  • Waste heat is recovered to supplement the HVAC system 
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RESTORED FACADE & HIGH-EFFICIENCY WINDOWS

  • Restoration of existing façade reduce waste and emphasize the building’s history
  • High-efficiency windows improve solar shading and reduce energy consumption
  • Performance testing of windows ensured a final airtight and leak-free installation
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ENERGY RECOVERY

  • “Dedicated outdoor air“ systems recover waste energy from exhaust air to be reused in the building