NEW YORK CITY—CBRE Group's Midtown Manhattan office at 200 Park Avenue has been awarded LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Headquartered for 25 years at 200 Park Avenue, the Met Life Building, CBRE moved into new facilities in the building in 2011. The new space, which includes a two-story reception area and an outdoor-planted terrace, was designed by Gensler. Lighting design was provided by HDLC, engineering by Robert Derector Associates and construction services by StructureTone.

CBRE’s 200 Park Avenue office exceeded the requirement for LEED Gold for commercial interiors certification, attaining 73 out of a possible 110 points.

A key element that contributed to the LEED CI Gold certification was the purchase of renewable energy. Choosing green power reduces dependence on fossil-fuel-based electricity generation – the single biggest contributor to industrial pollution. During the course of this project, several sustainable best practices were implemented, including Energy Star-rated office equipment, low/no-VOC paint and a recycling program during the construction process.