Circle Tours

Hearst Tower


Lou Nowikas

Midtown Manhattan, 300 West 57th Street at 8th Avenue
December 13, 2012

Professional Circle members were given an exclusive tour of Hearst Tower, the first building in New York City to receive both Gold and Platinum LEED certifications.

The tour was led by Lou Nowikas, Senior Director, Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Planning for the Hearst Corporation.

The six-story base of the headquarters building dates to 1928 and was commissioned by William Randolph Hearst. The building was designed by Joseph Urban in a theatrically monumental style. It was always meant to be the base of a tower that wasn’t built until noted British architect Norman Foster, using the original building as his pedestal, conceived an arresting 46-story glass-and-steel skyscraper in 2008. This unique building establishes a number of design and environmental milestones. It is a true pioneer in environmental sustainability, having been declared the first “green” office building in New York City.

The tour also included a visit to the Good Housekeeping Institute test lab located on the 29th floor in Hearst Tower.

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