Renovation of the United Nations Secretariat Building

Michael Snedeker
Feb 24 · 2 min read
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Commercial construction executive Michael Snedeker serves Elite Building Corp. as executive vice president. Elite Building Corp. provides commercial construction services to clients in Waltham, Boston, and other cities in Massachusetts. One of the major projects that Michael Snedeker’s team helped to complete the renovation of the United Nations Secretariat Building.

The UN Secretariat Building has served as the UN headquarters since 1952. It remained unaltered until 2010 when the building underwent a major renovation. The project, which reported a final cost of $2.2 billion, was completed in 2013.

During the renovation, as much as 95 percent of the construction waste was diverted from landfills. Of the existing exterior walls, floors, and roofs, 95 percent were not demolished but were preserved. Likewise, half of the interior elements were preserved. These moves allowed huge savings equivalent to years of operational energy.

As much as could be preserved from the historic finishes and fixtures were preserved and reused. The elements that were demolished, such as the carpets and ceilings, were replaced with renewable products. Half of the newly installed wood products were certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. The renovated building has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent, which led to energy efficiency of 50 percent and water efficiency of 40 percent.

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