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Official Name Empire State Building
Former / Other Name 350 5th Avenue
Type building
Status Completed
Country United States
State New York
City New York City
Street Address 350 5th Avenue (Map)
Building Function office
Structural Material steel
Energy Label LEED Gold
Landmark Status national
Start of Construction 1930
Completion 1931
Global Ranking #21 tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #3 tallest in North America
National Ranking #3 tallest in United States
City Ranking #1 tallest in New York City
Height: Architectural 381.0 meter / 1250 feet
Height: Occupied 373.1 meter / 1224 feet
Height: To Tip 443.2 meter / 1454 feet
Height: Observatory 373.1 meter / 1224 feet
Floors Above Ground 102
Floors Below Ground 1
# of Elevators 73
Top Elevator Speed 7.1 m/s
Tower GFA 208,879 m² / 2,248,355 ft²
Companies Involved
Owner W&H Properties
Developers Alfred E. Smith; John J. Raskob
Architect Shreve, Lamb & Harmon Associates
Structural Engineers H.G. Balcom & Associates; Post and McCord; Strong & Jones Engineers
Main Contractor Starrett Brothers and Ekin
Material Suppliers
• Elevator Otis Elevator Company
• Sealants Dow Corning Corporation
Interview: Dan Probst
D.Probst (Jones Lang LaSalle), CTBUH Chicago Conference
What Every Tenant Wants
D.Probst (Jones Lang LaSalle), CTBUH Chicago Conference

Other CTBUH Links
Current Tallest 20 Buildings in the World
CTBUH Poster, 2011

News Articles
Hancock Center Considers Tilting Glass Deck Extension
CTBUH Global News, 2013-12
Worst-Kept Secret: Observation Decks Can Generate Huge Revenues
CTBUH Global News, 2013-12
Empire State Building Installs Green Roofs
CTBUH Global News, 2013-10
Empire State Receives Unsolicited Bids
CTBUH Global News, 2013-06
Unnamed Mideast buyer offers $2.1B for Empire State Building
New York Post, 2013-06
The Empire State is Going Public
CTBUH Global News, 2013-06
Shutterstock Moves to Empire State
CTBUH Global News, 2013-05
Window Washing in New York
The New Yorker, 2013-01
Video: Empire State of Lights
CTBUH Global News, 2012-11
Empire State Reports Millions in Savings from Energy Retrofit
Live Science, 2012-05
Empire State Building Gets Color Makeover
The New York Times, 2012-05
Should Antennas Count in Height Measurements
MSNBC.com, 2012-04
Empire State Building Celebrates Anniversary
CTBUH Global News, 2012-03
Empire State Investors Sue to Block IPO
Reuters, 2012-03
Empire State Building Owner to Go Public
CNN Money, 2012-02
Empire State Building Awarded LEED Gold Certification
Environmental Leader, 2011-09
Empire State Building, Otis team up in 3-year elevator upgrade at landmark NYC skyscraper
News1130, 2011-06
The Empire State Building to Celebrate 80th Anniversary on May 1, 2011
PR Newswire, 2011-04
Piece of the Empire State Building Could Be Yours
The New York Times, 2011-04
Iconic Buildings Shine Japan's Colors for Relief Effort
Time, 2011-04
Empire State Building to Purchase 100% Renewable Energy
inhabitat, 2011-01
Empire State Building Is Pioneering Energy Efficiency
Popular Science, 2010-10
Top 10 steel skyscrapers
arabianBusiness.com, 2010-10
The Campaign Against the Giant Neighbor to the West
The New York Observer, 2010-08
Empire State Building Goes Green, One Window at a Time
The Wall Street Journal, 2010-08
Chat With Empire State Building Owner Tony Malkin
GreenSource, 2010-06
New York's Tallest Skyscrapers Go Green
USA Today, 2010-05
Green Giants: Retrofits for the 21st Century
CTBUH, 2010-04
The Height of Sustainability
Preservation, 2010-03
Audio slideshow: The Empire State Re-building
BBC, 2009-12
Building Out of the Recession
BBC, 2009-09
Empire State Building to be Retrofitted
The Economic Times, 2009-05
Empire State Building Green Refit
World Architecture News, 2009-04
Empire State Building Plans Environmental Retrofit
The New York Times, 2009-04
Renovating a Tall Building, in Leaps and Bounds
The New York Times, 2009-02
Jack Brod, Early Tenant of Skyscraper, Dies at 98
The New York Times, 2008-01

  • Tallest building in the world 1931 - 1972. Preceded by the Chrysler Building and surpassed by One World Trade Center
  • On July 28, 1945, a B-25 bomber crashed into the north side of the building between the 79th and 80th floors, killing 14 people.
  • Featured in dozens of films, most notably; "King Kong" in 1933 and 2005.
  • It took just under 15 months from January 1930 to May 1931 to construct.
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