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JDS Development Group, Business of Green Building: Mega Development & Infrastructure Forum

About the Course

On Thursday, October 19th the JDS Development Group hosted EIG and GBW for its Business of Green Building,Transformation of the East Side of Manhattan Forum.  Among the attendees were BlackRock, Related Companies, CSA Group, Cerami, Langan, and Heritage Architects.


The Eastside of Manhattan is bustling with cranes and developers investing billions into promising new projects. City government is also on trend with investment and encouragement of expanded rezoning efforts. The sustainability and resiliency of  the developments as well as infrastructure projects are being brought to the forefront.

Along coastlines and lake shores and river fronts across the country, tenants and homeowners, regulators and planners, private developers and public institutions are embracing the accumulating evidence of climate change and fortifying buildings and infrastructure against rising sea levels and ever more intense storms. - according to the New York Times


The Featured Presentation was delivered by Simon Koster, Principal, JDS Development Group.  Mr. Koster rendered a detailed and thought provoking presentation on the American Copper Buildings.  American Copper Buildings development features 763 apartments within two copper clad towers connected by a three-story skybridge designed by SHoP Architects. American Copper is one of the first truly post-sandy designed and built, large-scale construction projects in New York City, including emergency generators, elevating systems above the first floor, stone lobbies, and convenience outlets for each apartment. 


About JDS Development Group: JDS has more than nine million square feet of property in various stages of development, including the record-setting Walker Tower and Stella Tower, the American Copper Buildings, 111 West 57th Street and The Fitzroy. JDS’s goal is to redefine what it means to be a real estate developer in the twenty- first century. The firm is dedicated to leaving the urban landscape better served by its projects.

L. Charlie Oliver, Chair of EIG, gave an updated presentation on the East Midtown Rezoning. The East Midtown Area is a 73 block area surrounding Grand Central Terminal comprising a total of 70 million square feet of office space.  The plan provides rezoning incentives to promote the development of a handful of new, state of the art commercial buildings over coming decade so that the East Midtown Office Stock remains attractive to a broad range of businesses, including major corporate tenants.


About GBW: Green Building Worldwide Capital Project Symposiums have been met with great interest. GBW is a Strategic Research, Communications, and Legislative Consulting firm examining, communicating and recording the movement of government, the private sector and individual leaders in  delivering sustainable buildings and resilient infrastructure. We provide next generation platforms to support building, corporate, environmental and policy leaders involved in capital  and development projects. Inclusion in both access and delivery is also at the core of who we are.

Your Instructor

Simon Koster is a Principal at JDS Development Group

Simon Koster is a Principal at JDS Development Group

JDS Development Group, an innovative real estate development, construction, and acquisition firm responsible for the creation of numerous residential, hospitality, and mixed-use projects in New York City and Miami. As a materials and mechanical engineer, Koster brings his unique background and leadership to oversee development planning, design, coordination, and construction management teams across all JDS projects.

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