Argonaut Building

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Location: New York, NY
Certification: LEED-CS v2.0 Gold
Project Type: Office, Retail
Project Size: 150,000 SF
Project Summary
The Argonaut Building is a historic landmarked 10-story commercial building constructed in 1909. Located one block from Central Park in the heart of Manhattan, the building was previously owned by General Motors and the Hearst Corporation before being purchased by M1 Real Estate in 2008. The project scope included demolition and reconstruction of the building interior, the complete upgrade of the building’s infrastructure, and partial restoration of the neo-Gothic facade.
YR&G Role
YR&G supported the client’s goal to sustainably renovate the building and achieve LEED-Gold certification. Due to the building’s historic, landmark status, special attention was paid to maintaining and re-using materials and finishes whenever possible. Energy and water efficiency were two additional areas of focus.
Architect: Gensler
Commissioning: GHC Facility Consultants, Inc.
Contractor: B.R. Fries
Mechanical: AKF Engineers

  • Maintained 98% of existing building structure
  • Low-VOC materials specified throughout
  • Restrooms restored with low-flow fixtures, resulting in 50% reduction in water use
  • Energy efficient HVAC systems
  • Building management system tracks ongoing energy use
  • High level of ventilation contributes to indoor air quality performance
  • CO2 monitoring provided through outside air measurement devices to ensure proper ventilation


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