Inside, high ceilings, abundant daylight, and an under-floor ventilation system create a pleasing and healthy environment for workers. The architects optimized views to the city and the High Line by cantilevering the floor slabs 15 feet off the columns, making way for unbroken expanses of glass on the perimeter. Operable windows provide access to fresh air and let in the sounds of the birds who live in the High Line’s birch thicket just outside.
As with COOKFOX’s last office tower, 510 will seek a LEED Platinum rating, banking not just on the energy saving measures of its high-performance envelope and efficient mechanical systems, but on the strides it takes in establishing an environment conducive to the health and wellbeing of its human inhabitants. The building’s completion is projected for 2014, though construction will not begin until developer The Albanese Organization secures an anchor tenant.