Hearst Tower
Location: New York, NY
Architect: Foster and Partners (Design) Adamson Associates (AOR)
Client: Hearst Corporation
Services: Energy
Exterior Wall
Property: Commercial
Size: 800,000
Completed: 2006

Completed nearly 80 years after its initial construction, the Hearst Tower consists of two powerfully contrasting yet complimentary designs.  The first, an eight-story cast-stone building of 1928 by celebrated theater architect Joseph Urban, is a singular mix of Art Deco and Expressionist motifs that was intended to support a much taller structure.  These plans were postponed due to the Great Depression and it was not until 2006 that the current faceted tower finally rose from the original structure in a dramatic display of famed British architect Sir Norman Foster’s signature high-tech style.  The first skyscraper to break ground in New York after 09/11, the new addition incorporates a vast multi-level lobby and energy-saving features that won it New York City’s first LEED Gold rating for an office building. Vidaris consulted on all aspects of the building’s exterior envelope, seamlessly joining the fully restored cast stone base with the new tower and inserting new windows into lower floors that matched the landmarked originals perfectly while fulfilling revised codes and directives. Vidaris assisted to create an energy-efficient, environmentally-considered building.  A range of envelope, lighting, HVAC and control strategies were studied during the core and shell design.  Investigations were also made into enhancements to the subsequent fit-out.  In 2010 the building obtained an Energy Star rating in the 90's.  The work was co-funded by the NYSERDA.