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The Helena

A Green Residential Building in New York, NY.

  • The Helena, a thirty-eight story, 550,000 square foot apartment building, is located on the northwest corner of West 57th Street and 11th Avenue on Manhattan's West Side. The building, with views of the Hudson River, is 405 feet tall at the top of the mechanical screenwall and has two underground cellar levels. Conceptually, the apartment tower is composed of two interlocking volumes. The resulting tower massing creates seven corner windows. The typical apartments floor-to-floor height is 9 feet. The building is enclosed by a panelized, metal and glass, window wall system. The design of the facade envisions a series of alternating glass and metal horizontal bands. The area for glazing typically extends from the ceiling to approximately 30" from the floor. The bottom of the glazing at the corners of the building is lowered to approximately 12" from the floor to create floor to ceiling windows.
  • Visitors will be required to sign a Hold Harmless waiver before being granted access to the site.
  • 601 West 57th Street, NY, NY 10019 (corner of 11th Avenue)
    Buses: M57 or M31, Subway: take the A,C,B,D,1 or 9 to 59th Street.
  • Construction year
  • 2005
  • Size in sq. ft.
  • 550
  • No. floors
  • 39
  • Certification
  • LEED Gold Registered/Certified.

    Energy Star Building.
  • Green Energy Features
  • Photovoltaics.


    Heat Recovery Ventilation.

    At least 50% purchased wind generated energy.
  • Energy Efficiency Features
  • Energy Star Appliances.

    High-performance Windows.


    CO2 Monitoring.

    Occupancy-sensing lighting.

    Radiant Floor Heating.
  • Green Products
  • Low-VOC Paints and Adhesives.

    Certified Wood.
  • Water Conservation Features
  • Low-flow fixtures.

    Rainwater collection and Graywater reuse.

    Low-flow or dual-flush Toilet.

    Landscaping for Water Conservation.

    Vegetated Roof.
  • Transportation
  • Bicycle Friendly.

    Public Transport Access.

    Alternative Fuel Vehicle.
  • Window brand
  • EFCO
  • Amount and type of insulation
  • foil faced batt insulation, R-13 minimum
  • Type of building (home, school, commercial, etc.)
  • high-rise residential
  • Designer
  • FxFowle Architects
  • Builder
  • Kreisler Borg Florman
  • Fuel Type
  • natural gas and fuel oil
  • Annual heating fuel consumption
  • 10,399 x 10^6 Btus
  • Annual electricity use
  • 16,036 x 10^6