By Nick Gilbert
The New York headquarters of Mutual of America has obtained the LEED Gold (EB-OM) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Mutual of America is an expert in offering retirement products and connected services to organizations and their staff and also to individuals and provides ideas to help build resources that provide an economically secure future.
The Mutual of America structure extending over 750,000 sq. ft. has satisfied all the LEED Existing Building or Operations and Maintenance stipulations. The USGBC identified the efforts in making the building green compliant and ecologically friendly and also recognized its excellent design.
The 35-floor structure was rebuilt in 1995 by Swanke Hayden Connell Architects and Turner Construction and its functioning is managed by Jones Lang LaSalle for Mutual of America. Vital improvements to the structure comprise executing power-saving measures inclusive of LED light retrofit at the lobby and energy-efficient roof lighting with power-saving fittings and bulbs, and 31% decrease in water usage when compared to standard usage
Mutual of America has always been dedicated to providing sustainability. Its headquarters was the first structure in New York City to get LEED Silver EB 2.0 certification during April 2009. It has also obtained the Energy Star award in 9 out of the last 10 years.
According to Thomas J Moran, Chairman, CEO and President of Mutual of America, the organization is proud that USGBC identified its dedication to maintaining the earth’s natural wealth. He added that winning the LEED Gold is one more acknowledgement of the organization’s unceasing efforts to generate creative means of safeguarding the surroundings.