|Location:||New York, NY|
|Architect:||Moed de Armas & Shannon Architects|
|Client:||The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company/ Moed de Armas & Shannon Architects|
|LEED:||LEED CI Silver|
Originally built in 1974 by Khan & Jacobs Architects, the 41-story, 630 foot-high Met Life building had an exterior wall consisting of a concrete precast panel system with a black and white marble stone finish and an aluminum and glass window system. The existing curtainwall system was re-cladded in 2007 with a new energy efficient glass curtainwall.
As building envelope consultants, Vidaris worked closely with the design team to plan the complete removal of the existing facade and reclad with an energy efficient glass curtainwall. The recladding was essential in improving the overall energy efficiency of the building envelope. Vidaris monitored the construction of the new facade, ensuring that the work was compliant with approved drawings and specifications. Floor-to-ceiling windows were installed to maximize natural lighting and tenant views. Vidaris also assisted with the design and installation of the new storefront as well as the waterproofing of the new plaza design. As sustainability consultants, Vidaris also consulted in support of the design team of Gensler and Jaros Baum & Bolles for the 308,000 sq ft, 9 floor interior fit-out from 2007 through 2009. Emphasis was placed on selecting and documenting materials with recycled content, resulting in the project earning all recycled material credits as well as an innovation point in this category.