Design Vault Ep. 15 650 Park Avenue with Christa Waring


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Christa is a Principal at CTA Architects P.C. whose journey with the firm began in 1994 when she joined as a member of the technical staff. With a deep-rooted passion for sustainable design and a keen understanding of Building Code and Zoning issues, Christa plays a pivotal role in driving the office's environmental research and implementation of green technologies, including adherence to LEED and Certified Passive House design standards.


Christa has worked on some of the firm's largest projects, and she brings a consistent focus on sustainability to all of her work. The 90,000-square-foot, mixed-use Lower Eastside Girls Club/Arabella 101 was designed to LEED standards, and the Grand Street Guild moderate rehabilitation featured a 3,500-square-foot maintenance building with a seasonally blooming extensive green roof. Her recent projects include the award-winning exterior preservation of the cast iron façade at 54 Bond Street, and she recently oversaw the completion of the conversion of an illegal SRO into low-income housing for formerly homeless elderly residents on the Upper West Side. Her current workload includes the start of construction on a building rehabilitation project that is part of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's RetrofitNY pilot program.


In addition to her work as a Principal at CTA, Christa taught at Pratt Institute for a number of years and lectured for the New York City Urban Green Council and the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. She is also a member of the New York City Department of Buildings Construction Requirement & Materials Committee and the New York City Energy Conservation Code Commercial Advisory Committee.



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