After acquiring 600 Third Avenue, in the heart of Manhattan’s Midtown East Grand Central district, premier real estate development company, L&L, embarked on a major initiative to restore and modernize class “A” office building which serves as the gateway to the Third Avenue office renaissance.
CHB is proud to have played a small but significant role in this project, removing dark tinted solar film and installing new-age spectrally-selective (virtually clear) solar heat/fade control window film on the building’s curtain wall windows. These efforts complemented the building’s new HVAC system and to make the building more energy efficient.
CHB teamed with other contractors at this building and through this collaboration the following goals were reached:
- Restoration of the building’s architectural integrity with the return of clear windows.
- Unique environmental quality improvement by brightening the building interiors.
- “Light-harvesting” … allowing use of intelligent interior lighting and increased natural daylighting, to reduce costly reliance on interior lighting.
- Energy cost savings, passed on to tenants, making 600 Third Avenue an environmentally responsible and “smart-choice” location for class “A” commercial tenants.
- Enhanced interior comfort throughout the building, eliminating hot and cold spots on the south and north perimeter corridors and offices.
When employees and visitors to a Suffolk County, NY courthouse complained of severe coldness in the winter and overbearing heat in the summer, it was clear that something must be done with the windows on the south side of this building.
CHB Industries’ goal with this project was to make this courthouse more comfortable and to come up with a cost-effective solution to reducing heating and air-conditioning bills. After an analysis, it was clear that the problems were associated with gaps in the windows frames, allowing air to permeate into the building.
CHB researched a wide range of solutions and determined that the installation of a unique an innovative product – Indo Windows – would solve the dilemma. Rather than recommend the very expensive replacement of windows, CHB recommended this product which features the installation of interior “window inserts” which, along with custom built frames, are fitted over existing windows. The new framing and panes cover the gaps in windows, thereby sealing the gaps and preventing the drafts which compromised the integrity of the building. The results have been significant savings on heating and air conditioning bills and a comfortable work environment. This solution came at a fraction of the cost of installing new windows.