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design + Michielli + Wyetzner Architects designs efficient, sustainable, and ultra-flexible New York offices for AECOM— in synch with its own work and work ethics By Jean Nayar Photography by Razum Media Convincing people to invest in green design is easier when they’re already committed to it. Take, for example, the recently completed New York office of AECOM, an international transportation, facilities, environmental, and energy conglomerate dedicated to the use of sustainable principles. When New Yorkbased Michielli + Wyetzner Architects, the designers of the new office, proposed bringing in an abundance of natural light to the top-floor space by carving a large hole in the roof and topping it with a solar-controlled skylight, the client agreed, but not without hesitation. “All design elements are much debated when you’re on a tight budget,” says Sara Haga, vice president and managing principal at AECOM. And the skylight was one of them. “But the architects are strong proponents of sustainable design,” says Haga. “So they really promoted the feature, not only as an eco-friendly way to bring in light, but also for the excitement and ‘wow’ factor it would generate as soon as the elevator doors open to the space. If you have to pick where to put your money, the designers focused it in the right place.” Designed, built, and furnished at a cost of $1.6 million, AECOM’s new office houses an interdisciplinary team of 69 urban planners, landscape architects, and engineers, who came together when AECOM merged with EDAW, a global urban planning and landscape firm, in 2007. 36 contract april 2010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - April 2010

Contract - April 2010
Editor's Note
Resources: The Green Scene
Focus: Land of Opportunity
Green: Post-Occupancy Green
Practice: Legal Green
Lean & Green
Environmental Extraordinaire
Above the Legal Limit
Informing the Masses
Luxury in the Raw
Designers Rate: Green Products
Process: Science in the Age of the Invisible
Ad Index

Contract - April 2010