Starrett Lehigh
2.3 Million Square Feet of Energy Efficiency
Location: 601 West 26th Street, New York City

Project Consulting, Value Engineering Analysis, AutoCAD Design, Strategic Sourcing, Custom LED Fixtures, NYSERDA Rebate Application, Project Management


The monolithic Starrett-Lehigh Building, recently made part of the West Chelsea Historic District, has an imposing presence felt on the west side of Manhattan. At 2.3 million cumulative square feet, the landmark structure was built in 1931, originally serving as a freight terminal. The building was purchased by RXR Realty in 2011 and has since undergone an aggressive energy reduction plan for all its building systems.

Distinctive interior design paired with building management’s discerning attention to detail created unique challenges for Conserva in the development of an ideal lighting plan. Over 1,200 new LED fixtures or retrofit lamps were placed throughout the main corridor spaces. Conserva worked to develop custom fixtures to match the design plan and efficacy parameters needed to realize incentives from NYSERDA and Con Edison. Taking a full year for completion, the installation encompassed lobby and restroom renovations as well as all corridor and back-of-house spaces within the 19-story building.

Project Data
Annual Demand Reduction
Incentives from NYSERDA custom lighting program
Incentives from Con Edison’s Demand Management Program