Large-Scale Institutional DER of Historic NYC Building

exterior of NYU Pro Tour project
Brooklyn, NY
Friday, June 21, 2019

CEUs: 3.0 AIA LU/HSW; certificates of attendance provided to all attendees

$25 Members/$35 Non-Members

This Pro Tour featured a deep-energy retrofit of a historic New York City Building – the former headquarters of the NYC Board of Transportation which has been re-imagined as New York University’s new space for engineering, applied science, and digital technology.

Attendees of this event heard members of the project team tell the story of the ambitious renovation of this building. As part of New York City’s Applied Science Initiative, New York University and the NYCEDC partnered to revitalize 370 Jay Street, the former headquarters of the MTA built in the late 1940s, and transform it into a vibrant hub where engineering, media, tech and the arts can co-exist and collaborate. 370 Jay Street will be home to leading programs in computer science and engineering, data informatics, gaming, digital media and recorded music, among others. Once completed, this flagship building will contribute to the revitalization of Downtown Brooklyn and be an integral component of the emerging Brooklyn Tech Triangle.

The first phase of the project included infrastructure and façade upgrades, and renovations of two upper CUSP (Center for Urban Science and Progress) floors. The next phases, now underway, will complete the fit-out of the remaining nine floors and the ground floor spaces.

The project was recently recognized with LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, joining the rankings as one of four projects in New York City to achieve LEED Platinum Core and Shell.

Project Details

  • Square Footage:  556,000
  • Type of Construction:   Retrofit
  • High-efficiency windows with extensive air-tightness testing to ensure proper air-sealing
  • Advanced HVAC systems, thermal storage, and solar shading/daylighting
  • Retention of existing limestone block facade, avoiding the embodied energy and carbon of a new facade and reducing construction waste
  • Installation of a 1 MW gas-fired microturbine to provide electricity for the building. 
  • Recovery of waste heat for heating and latent cooling via the building's dedicated outside air and energy recovery system
  • Certified LEED Platinum Core and Shell
  • Recipient of 2019 AIANY Honor Award, Sustainability Category

Tentative Schedule

12:30 PM

Doors open, registration, networking and coffee

1:00 PM

Welcome by NESEA

1:10 PM

Overview of the project by the host

2:00 PM

Tour of project begins; attendees rotate through content-specific stations

3:45 PM

Group Reconvenes back at initial meeting point

4:00 PM

Reception with light refreshments

4:15 PM

Q&A Panel with members of project team

5:00 PM

Event Concludes


If you have questions about this event, you can contact Florence at or 413-774-6051 x10.



Thank You to the 2019 BuildingEnergy Pro Tour Series Sponsors

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Thank You to the 2019 BuildingEnergy Pro Tour New York State Series Sponsor

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