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Upon completion in 2008, The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park will be the country's greenest high-rise building, demonstrating the state of the art in energy efficiency, indoor air quality, sustainable materials, and environmentally-conscious construction, operations, and maintenance procedures. Designed by Cook + Fox Architects, LLP, the 55-story, 2.2 million sq. ft. tower is the first to strive for the Platinum LEED designation.
Like The New York Times Building, this project was developed as part corporate headquarters, part speculative office space. Initiated by The Durst Organization, which in 1996 built New York's first green tower, 4 Times Square, the building has become a joint venture with the Bank of America, anchoring its New York City operations, including global corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management, and consumer and commercial banking businesses. Initially planning to occupy 1.1 million sq. ft., the bank recently expanded to take another 500,000 sq. ft., or more than three-quarters of the building. The remaining space will be leased by The Durst Organization to other tenants.