BMW Dealerships Go Green In NYC

BMW is looking ahead to the future of mobility in New York City and beyond with a new, all-electric vehicle and its new iVentures project–and now, with the green retrofit of one Manhattan dealership and the creation of another, both of which are expected to attain LEED certification.

The building currently home to BMW of Manhattan, 555 W. 57th Street, was originally constructed in 1973; BMW currently occupies 228,000 square feet of this 1,001,360 square foot, 20-story building. The green retrofit of the dealership will include an exterior fin system designed to reduce solar heat gain; a variable air volume system that will respond intelligently to changing cooling needs, coupled with air conditioning equipment that’s more ozone-friendly; and natural daylighting and energy efficient lighting systems. Renovations will be accomplished with a minimum of 10% recycled content, and at least 50% of all wood used will be FSC certified.

  • BMW Manhattan LEED

    image via BMW USA

The new, standalone MINI of Manhattan dealership and a BMW Certified Pre-Owned sales center will be located in the Chapman Building at 11th Avenue and 56th Street. The green retrofitting of BMW’s 69,000 square feet here will include many of the same features, as well as low flow water fixtures, low-VOC finishes, an insulated roof and a heat recovery system for all garages.

Construction on the BMW of Manhattan and MINI of Manhattan dealerships is expected to be complete by the end of 2012 and the end of 2011, respectively.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.