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The Durst Organization Inc.
As a family-run business, The Durst Organization Inc. has both the ability and the desire to maintain long term commitments to projects. The Durst Organization Inc. firmly believes that this project will be a great success for the Towns of Pine Plains and Milan, and for the northern Dutchess County area.
For nearly 100 years, The Durst Organization has been based upon the principles of innovation, integrity, community involvement and sustainability. The Organization develops, builds, owns and manages premiere office towers and residential buildings that set new standards in environmental responsibility and user efficiency.
In addition to developing green buildings, The Durst Organization is a partner in McEnroe Organic Farm in the Town of Millerton in Dutchess County, New York. McEnroe is one of the largest organic farms in New York and aims to promote commercially viable organic agricultural practices and support for local agriculture.
Members of the Durst family sit on the boards of numerous land conservancy and parks advocacy organizations, including the Trust for Public Land, the Bedford Audubon Society, and the City Parks Foundation.
Groundbreaking green buildings recently completed by The Durst Organization include:
- One Bryant Park, heralded as the world's most environmentally responsible office tower. It recently received LEED Platinum certification, becoming the first high-rise building in the world to earn this designation. Among other sustainable features and systems, it reduces the impact to New York City’s stormwater infrastructure by recycling rainwater and greatly reduces the peak power load required by using a combination of cogeneration and ice storage.
- Four Times Square, the first large office tower in the world to comprehensively incorporate sustainable design features. It includes a highly energy efficient, digitally monitored gas-fired HVAC system and high performance windows that let in light but retain inside air temperature.
- The Helena, the first voluntary LEED Gold Certified Residential building in New York City. 20% of the units at the Helena are reserved as affordable housing.