Press Release


New York, NY (April 3, 2014)-GF55 Partners, an architecture firm based in New York City, has announced that Chelsea Park has been awarded LEED Silver certification by the US Green Building Council. Located at 260 West 26th St, the modern 12-story building by developer, Artimus Construction, is amenity rich with market rate and affordable housing residences.

Shay Alster, AIA, GF55 Partner-in-charge commented, “We’ve worked closely with MEP and LEED consultants not merely to produce a LEED Silver certified affordable mixed-used building but an efficient and green conscious rental, which is carefully operated and managed by the owner/developer for the long term.”

Chelsea Park achieved its silver rating with the guidance of green consultants, Bright Power. Sustainable materials were used in wood floors and cabinetry to underlayments and adhesives. Air quality was improved through use of low-VOC paints, non-toxic floor finishings, and specific ventilation requirements.  The building has a green roof designed to absorb heat and act as an insulator, reducing the energy to heat and cool. Planted trays, planters, and light pavers cover most of the roof to lessen air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and urban heat island effect. “This certification is a lot more than just a plaque – it represents the hard work and dedication of many people involved in the design and construction of this project – from the visionary architects to the workers who squirt caulk in the plumbing chases,” said Jeffrey Perlman, President of Bright Power.

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