Accessibility and sustainability

Our building meets or exceeds every standard for accessibility. This is part of our commitment to furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion in everything we do. Below you will find information about the accessibility of the center; more detailed information is available on the pages for individual spaces. If you have questions about our accessibility services, please contact [email protected].

Sustainability was a cornerstone of our 2018 renovation, led by Gensler. We are proud of the steps we've taken to ensure that our physical space reflects our commitment to being a responsible, mindful steward of the building we work in and the world outside our doors.

Accessibility services

Both building entrances, on 42nd Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues) and 43rd Street (between Tudor Place and 2nd Avenue), are wheelchair accessible, and include power assist doors. All floors are accessible by elevator.

Wheelchair-accessible and gender inclusive restrooms are located on all floors. On the 11th floor, a dedicated bathroom is designed to accommodate people of short stature.

A wheelchair lift and an accessible route enable passage throughout the majority of the atrium garden. A sensory section of the garden enables visually impaired people to interact with flora, and includes braille signage and audio interpretation.

In the auditorium, wheelchair lifts facilitate access to accessible seating areas and the stage. The auditorium has an induction loop that amplifies sounds for hearing aids, and several other spaces in the building have portable assistive listening devices.

Throughout the building, signage is designed to facilitate navigation for people who are blind or with low vision.

Sustainability

High-efficiency water fixtures, including automatic faucets and low-flow toilets, reduce water usage by over 40 percent compared to conventional fixtures.

High-efficiency lighting fixtures and layout ensure a 15 percent reduction in energy use from local code requirements. A combination of daylight and vacancy sensors and controls throughout the office maximize energy savings throughout the day. Energy Star-compliant equipment and appliances, such as computers, monitors and TV screens are installed throughout the office to minimize energy consumption.

Wood veneer used on office doors and work surfaces and millwork fiberboard was sourced from supply chains certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, following its guidelines for sustainable forest management.

The materials and furniture in the office are comprised of over 20 percent recycled content, reducing the need to manufacture virgin materials. And over 20 percent of the materials and furniture in the space was extracted and manufactured locally, minimizing resource consumption and emissions associated with production and transportation of materials. Furniture throughout the office was either reused from the original space or specified to be GreenGuard certified, ensuring they meet stringent standards for air quality emissions.

All composite wood and laminate adhesives contain no added urea-formaldehyde, improving the indoor air quality of our space. Low VOC paint, coatings, adhesives, sealants, carpet and flooring also ensure a high level of indoor air quality.