The Hearst Building in New York City, the first occupied building to achieve a gold rating under the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), opened its doors in October on time and within its budget of $252 million.

The Hearst building is just the second “green” building in the city’s history.

“Our approach to environmental sustainability is an outgrowth of our determination to build the best building for our employees, our neighborhood and our city. We are proud of this designation as it validates our hard work and hopefully raises the bar for future office towers in New York City,” said Victor F. Ganzi, Hearst Corp. president and CEO.

LEED Gold designation is based on the number of construction elements that positively affect the building’s occupants and the surrounding environment. The Hearst Building stands 46 stories tall as one of the most energy-efficient and environmentally conscious buildings in the city.      EC