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    Bank of America is about to crack the skyline...(the crane is just above the New York Life building)
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    Anybody know how many more floors to go?

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    ^ I don't know for sure, but I think the building is approximately 500-550 feet so far...the roofline is supposed to be 965 and the spire 1200.

    I'd guess they're somewhere between 35-40...final number will be 54.

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    While I don't know the exact floor count, these photos (by SSP member JacKinNYC) show a growth of 4 floors in 21 days:

    January 17th


    February 8th


    My very rough estimate per the renderings is that about 13 floors rise past the height of that shortish tower a block north of it (which is 552 ft), pegging its current status at ~40 floors erected thus far.

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    Going for the 'green' in NYC

    By Justin Rocket Silverman
    February 9, 2007T

    The largest icemaker in Manhattan is being built across the street from Bryant Park.

    No, the 300 tons of ice it will make and store won't be used for cocktail parties. The icemaker is part of an innovative cooling system that will keep the 55-story Bank of America Tower chilled all summer, using only a fraction of the energy of traditional air conditioners.

    This is just one feature in what is slated to become the most environmentally sustainable skyscraper in the nation when it opens in spring 2008 on the northwest corner of 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue.

    As New York struggles to reduce its carbon footprint, the city has become a showcase for "green building" technology, with both Seven World Trade Center and the Hearst Tower qualifying for gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

    But even the greenest buildings in the city won't match the technology being installed in the bank tower, which is aiming for platinum certification.

    Instead of overheat vents, the builders are employing an under-floor ventilation system, in which air will literally rise from the ground.

    Carbon dioxide monitors will automatically inject fresh air into the structure if the offices become too stuffy. Nearly all of the wastewater produced by the building will be recycled, and used for things like watering the rooftop gardens.

    "The biggest challenge is that everything is new," said Jordan Barowitz, a spokesman for The Durst Organization, which is building the tower in conjunction with Bank of America. "The easiest way to build is to do exactly what you have done in the past. Here everything is an innovation, nothing has been done before."

    While the tower won't be the first platinum-certified high-rise in the country, at 1,200 feet tall and with 2.1 million square feet of floor space, it certainly will be the largest. (There are about 30 platinum-certified buildings nationwide.)

    If successful, the $1.3 billion tower could launch a wave of platinum-rated buildings in the city. Research in the past decade shows a clear increase in productivity and fewer sick days among workers in green buildings, giving corporations a tangible, profit-driven incentive to go green.

    "This will be the landmark building that marked the tipping point in the market, where green stopped being called alternative, and became instead the preferred commercial standard," said Charles Lockwood, an environmental and real estate consultant.

    Lockwood predicted that green technology would soon be seen as essential to a 21st-century building as air conditioning was in the last century.

    Boston and Washington D.C. already mandate green features in most new construction. New York Cityıs Local Law 86 establishes green standards for energy and water use in publicly funded buildings, but stop short of requiring them in private construction done without public funds.

    Still, Debra Taylor of the Department of Buildings said that more private builders are taking the green initiative on their own, both to save money on energy costs and to improve worker performance. Though these buildings initially cost more to construct, proponents argue that the energy-saving features save money in the long run.

    "There are still people who are concerned about cost, but cost is proving to be less and less of a concern," Taylor said. "The learning curve is being surmounted."

    Tower's 'green' features:

    - Floor-to-ceiling windows let in the maximum amount of natural light. - Insulating window glass and double-wall technology retains heat during the winter, and keeps it out during the summer. -Each floor has its own temperature controls for more efficient cooling. -Under-floor ventilation keeps air circulating better than traditional vents. -Carbon dioxide monitors allow injections of fresh air as needed. -Air filters remove 95 percent of particles, making the interior air cleaner than air outside. -Gray-water recycling system reduces burden on city sewers by reusing waste and rainwater within the building. -Rooftop gardens cool building and reduce "heat island" effect that makes all of Manhattan hotter in the summer. -About half the building is made from recycled materials

    The tower by the numbers:

    -2.1 million square feet
    -1,200 feet tall including glass spire
    -$1.3B: development and construction cost
    -80%: amount of space The Bank of America will occupy in the tower
    -$100+: price per square foot paid by tenants such as Akin Gump law firm and Elie Tahari fashion company.












    Bank of America Tower construction site.
    Feb 11, 2007

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    FEBRUARY 11, 2007

    Good to see this tower making the press more. It's beginning to have that
    impact that will make people look up and think "that's tall..."

    Unlike most other New York greats, it will never be the tallest in the city, but
    it will be second tallest for a little while. That counts for something in
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    That intersection at 42nd and Sixth will soon be green glass hell.


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    I count to 34 floors. I don´t know if the ground-section is one floor or more though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffpark View Post
    there is 4 floors still available,


    BOA- 2 to 37 & 51 JLL-Peter Riguardi
    Marathon Asset- 38 & 39 CBRE-Mary Ann
    Akin Gump- 41 to 46 Washington Realty Group
    Durst- 48th to 49th
    Elie Tahari Ltd.- 50 Norman Bobrow

    40th & 47th floors are FOR LEASE.
    there is, -Four Tower Floors Totaling
    68,000. Square Feet Remain Available.
    Last edited by jeffpark; February 21st, 2007 at 01:56 AM.

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    When the BOFA is completed, that area of 6th Ave is going to have one of the best skyscraper canyons in the city.

    p.s. I really wish they would of left the facade of the Verizon building alone. It seems like the money to do that could've been used for something more important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cysthead30 View Post
    When the BOFA is completed, that area of 6th Ave is going to have one of the best skyscraper canyons in the city.

    p.s. I really wish they would of left the facade of the Verizon building alone. It seems like the money to do that could've been used for something more important.
    dont be worried about SAM ZELLS money

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    I absolutely love this building! Do you guys think it will top out (floorcount-wise) before May?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrylStrawberry View Post
    Bank of America is about to crack the skyline...(the crane is just above the New York Life building)
    are you sure? that crane seems awefully far away from conde nast.

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