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Morgan Stanley/Hines Interests
New York City Metro Area
New York, New York

Strategic Building Solutions was engaged by Hines Interests as agent for Morgan Stanley as part of its multi-building retro-commissioning initiative and to assist Morgan Stanley in reaching their goal of achieving the Retro-Commissioning (RCx) and Minimum Energy Performance prerequisites for LEED-EB certification for their facilities at 2000 Westchester Avenue (Purchase, NY), 1585 Broadway (NYC) and 750 Seventh Avenue (NYC).  This innovative partnership between Hines and SBS has been recognized for its creative approach by the new York State Energy Research & Development authority.

SBS provides Hines with the means to systematically optimize each building’s core and critical systems so that they operate efficiently and effectively. Additionally, SBS ensures that facility staff has adequate system documentation and training to maintain operations and ensure that the energy savings persist.

The 2000 Westchester Avenue facility consists of 750,000 square feet of office and trading floor space and is occupied by approximately 4,000 employees, including 700 traders.  The building also houses 85,000 square feet of equipment space and 24,000 square feet of technology space for a total of 880,000 gross square feet. The facility’s cooling plant consists of two Carrier 1,000-ton centrifugal electric chillers and a new Ice Plant with a 1,400-ton Trane electric chiller.

The 1585 Broadway facility is a 42-story, 1.6 million square-foot office tower located in NYC’s Times Square.  It was built in 1989 and renovated and occupied by Morgan Stanley in 1994.  It has a peak demand of 9,288 kW (excluding tenant plug loads).  The building cooling load is currently being matched by two chiller plants.  The base building plant has three electric chillers – two 1,400-ton chillers and one 1,200-ton chiller.  The second electric chiller plant that supports the Morgan Stanley critical loads has two 300-ton chillers and one 750-ton chiller.

750 Seventh Avenue was built in 1990, renovated in 1999 and comprises 682,705 gsf.  The base building systems have a peak demand of 2,200 kW excluding Morgan Stanley and tenant loads which are estimated to add another 2,000 kW to peak demand.  Cooling is provided by three 550-ton and two 300-ton electric centrifugal chillers.

In performing our task of identifying considerable no-cost/low cost opportunities to save energy, SBS has approached each of these retro-commissioning projects via a three-phase process which includes: 1) Planning Phase, 2) Investigation Phase and 3) Implementation Phase.  All major energy-using systems including the heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting controls are investigated as part of the comprehensive retro-commissioning project.

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