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JP Morgan Chase announces tallest "all-electric" building project

The sustainable building movement is reaching new heights. Or at least, it will by 2025, when the recently reported JP Morgan Chase HQ is completed in New York City.

The financial juggernaut unveiled the design for its new state-of-the-art global headquarters at 270 Park Avenue last week, "reinforcing its commitment to New York City" in the wake of a growing exodus by businesses.

And just in time for Earth Day: The 1,388-foot/423 meter, 60-story skyscraper – designed by Foster + Partners – will be New York City’s largest all-electric tower with net zero operational emissions and "exceptional" indoor air quality, per a joint press release from JPM and Foster + Partners. "It will help define the modern workplace with 21st century infrastructure, smart technology and 2.5 million square feet of flexible and collaborative space that can easily adapt to the future of work."

That's a high bar.

A cache of renderings is up on Foster + Partners website, including the one below:

With LEED credentials guiding them, more and more businesses are looking to create sustainable workplaces for a number of reasons. First, emissions mandates crack down on excessive design and production specs if and when they pose a threat to the environment. Secondly, constructing within the sustainable framework can often lead to greater energy efficiency, specifically in the realms of HVAC/R, power and lighting.

The new building will house up to 14,000 employees – replacing an outdated facility designed in the late 1950s for about 3,500 employees. It will offer 2.5 times more outdoor space on the ground level of Park and Madison Avenues, featuring wider sidewalks and a large public plaza on Madison Avenue with natural green space and other amenities geared toward the residents, workers and visitors who frequent the neighborhood on a daily basis.

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