NEW YORK, Aug. 23, 2012 /PR Newswire/ -- Mutual of America announced today its headquarters at 320 Park Avenue in New York City has earned LEED® (EB-OM) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
The 750,000-square-foot Mutual of America building is among the highest-rated buildings in New York, having met the LEED program's Existing Building or Operations & Maintenance (EB-OM) standard. The USGBC recognized the building for achievement in designing and constructing green energy-efficient and ecologically friendly building environments.
'Mutual of America is honored that the U.S. Green Building Council recognized our commitment to preserve the earth's invaluable natural resources,' said Thomas J. Moran, Chairman, President and CEO of Mutual of America. 'LEED Gold certification is yet another milestone in our ongoing efforts to create innovative solutions that protect our environment for future generations.'
Key enhancements at the 35-floor building, which was reconstructed in 1995 by Swanke Hayden Connell Architects and Turner Construction and is managed by Jones Lang LaSalle for Mutual of America, include:
- Implementation of energy conservation measures including an LED lighting retrofit of the lobby;
- A complete retrofit of the roof lighting to energy-efficient fixtures and bulbs; and
- A 31% reduction in water usage over baseline standards.
Mutual of America has a long-standing commitment to sustainability. Its headquarters was the first existing building in New York City to earn LEED Silver EB 2.0 certification, in April 2009, and has earned the Energy Star label in nine of the past ten years.
About Mutual of America
Mutual of America specializes in providing retirement products and related services to organizations and their employees, as well as to individuals. Since 1945, Mutual of America has remained committed to offering plan sponsors, plan participants and individuals carefully selected, quality products and services at a competitive price and the personal attention they need to help build and preserve assets for a financially secure future. For more information, visit mutualofamerica.com.
About the U.S. Green Building Council
USGBC is a nonprofit organization composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings and communities that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. USGBC developed the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System.
The LEED Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
SOURCE Mutual of America