Carnegie Hall ‘LEEDs’ the way

August 18, 2015 by John Hatcher
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Carnegie Hall ‘LEEDs’ the way

Carnegie Hall has been awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it one of the oldest and most notable buildings to achieve such distinction. This milestone was achieved in part through a close collaboration with Siemens, which was enlisted as one of Carnegie Hall's technology partners to modernize almost 165,000 square feet of non-performance space.

Carnegie Hall in New York City has achieved LEED Silver certification for its energy-efficient and environmental design. Siemens served as a technology partner for the project, helping to make the concert hall more energy-efficient, safe and secure.

The certification came to fruition following the completion of Carnegie Hall's Studio Towers Renovation Project (STRP), an infrastructure upgrade for two towers originally added atop the famed concert hall at the end of the 19th century. A central focus of this comprehensive renovation was the addition of the new 60,000 square foot Resnick Education Wing, located on the Hall's upper floors, as well as the refurbishment of the Hall's backstage areas. In addition to its programmatic importance to the Hall, the project created an extraordinary opportunity to highlight the importance of sustainable design and its positive impact on New York City, providing an inspiring example of the adaptive reuse of a historic building.

"With the Studio Towers Renovation Project and creation of our new Resnick Education Wing, we aimed to build on Carnegie Hall's amazing history, ensuring that our building continues to revitalize itself for the 21st century as a place as important to the future of music as it has been to the past," said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall's Executive and Artistic Director. "An important component of the project has been the opportunity to upgrade our building's infrastructure, and we are thrilled to say, as we approach our 125th anniversary, that Carnegie Hall is more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly for staff and visitors than ever before."

As part of the Studio Towers renovations, Siemens supplied building automation, fire and life safety, and security systems to make Carnegie Hall more energy-efficient, safe and secure. Technology highlights included:

Centralized control: Siemens Apogee building automation system integrates heating, venting, and air conditioning controls onto one platform that can be controlled both locally by end-users and from one central location by building engineers, or remotely, if desired. It also continually analyzes electricity demand and usage to manage overall building energy performance.

Enhanced security: Siemens Sipass access control system addresses Carnegie Hall's complex security needs by ensuring that only the right people have access to the right places at the right time. This is crucial, as Carnegie Hall has various access points and levels of clearance for building staff, students, and performers, among others.

Fire and life safety system: Siemens XLS Fire Alarm Systems' advanced technology allows Carnegie Hall to ensure the safety of its occupants. If a fire is detected, the command-and-control station is instantly alerted and emergency control operations are engaged, including fire door closure, elevator capture, and air handler turn-on/shut-off, among other critical functions.

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