2013 Finalist

Who led the charge



Ken Fais
Chief Engineer, Vornado Realty Trust


Ken Fais is the Chief Engineer at 1740 Broadway, a 580,000 sf office building, owned by Vornado Realty Trust. Since joining the 1740 team in July 2010, Ken has led the building’s efforts to improve performance, reduce resource consumption and make 1740 a noteworthy example of sustainable operations and maintenance. Ken has worked in the building industry for over 36 years.

1740 Broadway, New York, NY
Commercial Office Building - 580,000 sq. ft.

Beginning in 2010 as part of its LEED EBOM certification process and renewed focus on efficiency, the building dramatically stepped up sustainable operations and maintenance practices. 

The result? 1740 Broadway has reduced its overall energy intensity, improved its ENERGY STAR rating and recycling rates, and implemented a meaningful tenant engagement program using Vornado's Energy Information Portal. This project has dramatically changed the amount of control they have in regulating how the building is heated and cooled.

Recommendations from an audit and retro-commissioning also helped Ken and his team improve building automation and controls. The building’s ENERGY STAR rating increased from 79 to 90 and it is now poised to recertify its LEED EBOM certification at the Gold or Platinum level next year.

Carlos Arevalo | Helper, Vornado Realty Trust
Anthony Ioannou | Building Manager, Vornado Realty Trust
Andy Iorio | Lead Engineer, Vornado Realty Trust
Jesus Ramirez | Assistant Chief, Vornado Realty Trust
Gene Rivera | Helper, Vornado Realty Trust

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