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Transforming Heritage: The Heritage on Madison Avenue Tour

March 22 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

DATE:  3/22/2024

TIME:  12:00 – 2:30 PM EST

VENUE:  1660 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10029

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Requirement: Please bring a hard hat as they will be required on the premises and won’t be provided


  • Lunch: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • Project tour:  1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

About this event

Join Dextall in collaboration with New York Passive House for an exclusive tour of The Heritage on Madison Avenue. Discover how this fully occupied building, erected in 1975 under the Mitchell-Lama program, is being transformed into a carbon-neutral space through the innovative use of Dextall’s unitized prefab walls along with numerous other building upgrades. This tour is designed for architects, envelope consultants, and other sustainability-minded stakeholders who are eager to explore cutting-edge solutions for creating sustainable buildings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the challenges and strategies involved in undertaking a large-scale renovation with tenants in place, highlighting the importance of effective project management and minimal disruption.
  • Discover the innovative use of unitized prefab walls and their role in creating a sustainable and efficient building envelope.
  • Learn about the benefits of sustainable renovation, including improved energy efficiency, reduced carbon footprint, and enhanced occupant comfort.
  • Gain inspiration and ideas for incorporating sustainable design principles into future renovation projects, considering the unique constraints and opportunities that arise when working with existing structures


James McGorty is a Senior Business Development Executive at Dextall responsible for developing the NYC Metro market by promoting their prefabricated wall systems to key stakeholders in the commercial building industry. James has over 25 years of experience working in architectural product manufacturing and supply chain with a focus on sustainable building and Passive House. Over the past decade James has worked on many noteworthy passive house buildings in NYC including: HANAC Corona, Sendero Verde, Park Avenue Green, Chestnut Commons, and Beach Green Dunes II.

In 1996, James received a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Technology from the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in Old Westbury, NY. In 2010 he achieved a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor distinction from NYIT’s Manhattan Campus, and in 2017 received a Certified Passive House Tradesperson certification from the Association for Energy Affordability in Bronx, NY.

Diego de Bedout is a Project Manager at Dextall responsible for managing Dextall’s projects in their Preconstruction phases. He contributes to the Dextall Business Development Team during projects’ estimating and bidding stages, and then supports clients and architects with their exterior wall design development efforts. Diego has 6 years of experience working in the facades and custom curtain wall construction industries, working in Project Management across all phases of projects’ life cycles: From Preconstruction through Project Execution (Supply Chain, Manufacturing/Production, Installation), finalizing with Project Close-Outs. He has worked in major construction projects spanning across the West Coast, Midwest, and East Coast of the United States. Diego holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He is also accredited as a LEED AP BD+C (Green Building Certification), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (ICGB).

Nicole Moro currently serves as the Technical Manager at Dextall, a company specializing in sustainable and affordable facade solutions. In this role, she oversees the preconstruction phase for projects, ensuring they meet excellent quality standards on time and on budget. Nicole also provides valuable technical support to clients, assisting them in designing high-performing façades that exceed local code requirements. With over seven years of experience as a facade consultant in New York City, Nicole collaborated effectively with architects, engineers, building owners, and contractors to ensure design intent and quality standards were met throughout the design and construction process of the project. Skilled in conducting technical analyses and evaluations of building facades, developing detailed specifications and design drawings for facade systems. Her focus on structural performance, thermal efficiency, weatherproofing, and airtightness has led to successful project outcomes. Nicole Moro holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science with a focus on Civil Engineering from Stony Brook University in New York. As an active member of New York Passive House, Nicole stays updated with the latest trends and innovations in sustainable building practices.

RL Powell is a Senior Project Manager at Dextall who provides technical support and project coordination from the start of design to the end of construction. He also develops internal processes and manages code compliance of the Dextall unitized system. When he is not in the office, he can be found at the Dextall jobsites or testing laboratories. RL brings over a decade of building envelope experience to the team. After completing his engineering degree at Brown University, he joined a leading façade consultancy where he developed details and performed site special inspections and shop monitoring. He then worked for a top tier curtain wall contractor performing quality control and executing several large value exterior scopes. RL has worked on iconic buildings across New York City, including the World Trade Center and Hudson Yards. In 2016, RL attained his Professional Engineering license in civil-construction engineering.