Press and Resources


Empire State Building Selects Otis for Major Modernization Project

NEW YORK and FARMINGTON, Conn. (June 16, 2011) – Otis Elevator Company, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), and Empire State Building Company, LLC, owner of the Empire State Building, the world's most famous office building, today announced the awarding of a major contract to Otis to fully refurbish and modernize the building's 68 elevators. As part of this contract, Otis was also awarded a ten year maintenance contract. The elevator upgrade is the final component of the Empire State ReBuilding renovation and modernization program. Completion of the elevator upgrade and ongoing maintenance by Otis will deliver improved speed, energy efficiency, and passenger experience.

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Innovative sustainability exhibit unveiled at Empire State Building Visitor's Center

The installation and the accompanying portion of the hand-held multi-media tour educates the millions of people who visit the building every year on the positive global impact of both energy efficient building and sustainable living practices.

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Visit the exhibit's mobile tour

ESB Team Presents at Urban Land Expo 2009

Representatives of the partners on the ESB sustainability project presented Green Retrofit: What is Making this the Wave of the Future?"

Discussion leaders included:

  • Caroline Fluhrer, Consultant, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Robert C. Lieber, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, City of New York
  • Anthony E. Malkin, President, Malkin Holdings
  • Ray Quartararo, International Director, Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Paul H. Rode, Project Executive, Solutions, Johnson Controls, Inc.

Download a PDF of the presentation [PDF]


Empire State Building owner Anthony Malkin and various project stakeholders presented these statements at the April 6, 2009 press release event in New York, New York.

Anthony Malkin, Empire State Building [PDF]

Ray Quartararo, Jones Lang Lasalle [PDF]

Iain Campbell, Johnson Controls [PDF]

Reports and Resources

Document: "JCI Empire State Building Performance Year 4 M&V Report" [PDF]

White paper: "A Landmark Sustainability Program for the Empire State Building" [PDF]
Dive into the details about the Empire State Building retrofit project.

Presentation: "Empire State Building Case Study" [PDF]
Browse a PowerPoint presentation to learn how the ESB retrofit will reduce energy use, increase cost savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Document: "Energy Services Performance Contract" [DOC]

Document: "Performance Contract Schedule" [DOC]

Quick Facts About the Empire State Building Program [PDF]

Feature Stories

A Leading Example for Energy Efficiency (Rocky Mountain Institute)
The transformation of the Empire State Building will reduce energy use by nearly 40%. This project presents a leading example for commercial building owners.

A Landmark Sustainability Program for the Empire State Building (Jones Lang Lasalle)
This report details the process for assessing, quantifying, and documenting the costs and benefits of various energy and sustainability strategies for the Empire State Building.

Cities and Climate Change (Clinton Climate Initiative)
Addressing existing buildings' emissions is a cornerstone of the fight against climate change. In the US alone, existing buildings contribute 50-70 percent of urban greenhouse gas emissions.

Smart Energy Choices (Johnson Controls)
A project of this scale might seem far removed from your small office or home - but there are opportunities to save energy in any situation.


March 28, 2014 - Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment [PDF]

October 20, 2011 — BOMA China (Beijing) English [PDF] / Mandarin [PDF]

May 11, 2011 — Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum [PDF]

April 7, 2011 — BOMA/GLA [PDF]

March 23, 2011 — Green Property Summit 2011 [PDF]

March 2, 2011 — Legal Sector Alliance US meeting at White & Case LLP [PDF]

March 1, 2011 — IFMA "visionary" award [PDF]

November 11, 2010 — TBLA Conference Europe [PDF]

October 20, 2010 — McGraw-Hill Real Estate Repositioning [PDF]

September 14, 2010 — Javits Retrofit Strategies Discussion

July 27, 2010 — Congressional Hearing on Clean Energy

June 8, 2010 — ULI - Energy Finance for Real Estate: New Tools, New Capital, New Markets

May 27, 2010 — REBNY Commercial Management Leadership Breakfast [PDF]

May 10, 2010 — UK Sustainability Panel Discussion [PDF]

April 5, 2010 — NRDC E2 Event w/ Congressman Israel [PDF]

February 24, 2010 — NYU Shack Institute of Real Estate breakfast [PDF]

January 8, 2010 — Coast to Coast Deep Energy Retrofits [PDF]


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