In the framework of the Studio Towers Renovation Project – an infrastructure upgrade focusing on the two towers added atop the concert hall at the end of the 19th century – Carnegie Hall's backstage areas were fully refurbished and the 65,000 ft2 Resnick Education Wing was added. The goal was for the building to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification upon completion of the work. In fact, obtaining this certification was one of the project's prerequisites for the City of New York to assume part of the renovation costs that totaled more than $200 million.
Siemens supplied fire alarm and security systems as well as parts of the power distribution system. Siemens Apogee building automation system integrates heating, venting and air conditioning controls onto one platform that can be controlled both locally by end-users and from one central location by building engineers, or remotely, if desired. It also continually analyzes electricity demand and usage to manage overall building energy performance. Furthermore, it integrates and controls the third-party and legacy technologies that were not replaced during the renovation.
Siemens Sipass access control system addresses Carnegie Hall’s complex security needs by ensuring that only the right people have access to the right places at the right time. This is crucial, as Carnegie Hall has various access points and levels of clearance for building staff, students, and performers, among others.
Siemens XLS Fire Alarm Systems’ advanced technology allows Carnegie Hall to ensure the safety of its occupants. If a fire is detected, the command-and-control station is instantly alerted and emergency control operations are engaged, including fire door closure, elevator capture, and air handler turn-on/shut-off, among other critical functions.
In August 2015, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded the over 125-year-old iconic New York City music venue with LEED Silver certification, making Carnegie Hall one of the oldest and most notable buildings to achieve such a distinction. A display monitor in the hall's entrance area provides concertgoers with information about the current energy consumption values.