Empire State Building Enhances Renowned Sustainability Exhibit With State-Of-The-Art Audio-Visual Upgrades

     Empire State Building Enhances Renowned Sustainability Exhibit With
                    State-Of-The-Art Audio-Visual Upgrades

Iconic Landmark Enriches Consumer Experience to Showcase Award-Winning
Retrofit Program

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2013

NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Empire State Building (ESB) has
unveiled numerous audio-visual enhancements to its interactive, multi-media
sustainability exhibit located at the building's second floor Visitor's
Center. The exhibit showcases the Building's $20 million award-winning energy
retrofit project that was announced in April 2009, with the Clinton Climate
Initiative, Johnson Controls, Jones Lang LaSalle, and Rocky Mountain
Institute. Originally opened in July 2010, the exhibit space was recently
enhanced with updated features such as ambient lighting, high-quality sound
effects and improved visitor traffic flow.

By communicating the compelling story of the Empire State Building's retrofit
program, the installation inspires and educates the building's millions of
annual visitors on the positive global impact of both energy efficient
building and sustainable living practices in the context of the Empire State
Building, New York City, and the planet. The vibrant exhibit translates the
technical retrofit story into an easy-to-understand, consumer experience by
combining captivating visuals with impressive technology, and digital
elements. Museum-quality displays stationed throughout the floor inform and
engage visitors on their way to the renowned Observatories.

The upgraded exhibit most notably enhances the contemporary aesthetic of the
space. Specific changes include the addition of metallic industrial curtains
to isolate each experience, creating a more modern feel and easing visitor
movement through the different exhibits, as well as accent lighting which
enriches each section and creates a more cerebral and enjoyable visitor
experience. Each display is also augmented with audio enhancements tailored to
the retrofit video displayed on the screen. Sounds such as running water
through the pipes of the chiller plant or the hum of the city were
incorporated to immerse the visitor in the ESB retrofit story and create a
full sensory event.

"The exhibit was created to showcase the Empire State Building's pioneering
retrofit process and positive impact of commercial and personal sustainable
practices. The upgrades will enrich the experience for millions of visitors
from around the world by presenting this information in a more engaging and
appealing way," said Anthony E. Malkin of the Empire State Building. "As the
Empire State Building has exceeded guaranteed energy savings for the second
year in a row, the exhibit continues to demonstrate the sustainability
leadership of the World's Most Famous Office Building."

The Empire State Building is leading the charge in innovation and setting the
standard for existing buildings around the world to follow suit. Upon
completion of the program, the Empire State Building will reduce total energy
usage by more than 38 percent, energy costs by $4.4 million annually, and
carbon emissions by 105,000 metric tons over the next 15 years. The building
recently announced that its groundbreaking energy efficiency program has
surpassed expectations for the second year in a row, saving over $2.3 million.

The Empire State Building Sustainability Exhibit is open seven days a week at
the second floor Visitor's Center during Observatory visiting hours from 8
a.m. to 2 a.m. For more information on the Empire State Building's
sustainability initiatives and the building retrofit, visit

About the Empire State Building

Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna), the Empire
State Building is the "World's Most Famous Office Building." With new
investments in energy efficiency, infrastructure, public areas and amenities,
the Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array
of industries from around the world. The skyscraper's robust broadcasting
technology supports all major television and FM radio stations in the New York
metropolitan market. The Empire State Building was named America's favorite
building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects. The
Empire State Building Observatory is one of the world's most beloved
attractions and is the region's #1 tourist destination. For more information
on the Empire State Building, please visit www.esbnyc.com,
http://www.facebook.com/empirestatebuilding, @EmpireStateBldg, or

Contact: Edelman Public Relations
Carolyn Conners, (212) 704-4484

SOURCE Empire State Building

Website: http://www.esbnyc.com
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