Another day, another Midtown office tower from the 1960s is renovated to keep pace with its new contemporaries.
This week’s entry is 1212 Avenue of the Americas, a 24-story property designed by Emery Roth & Sons from 1963. Owner Stawski Partners is revamping the first floor, entrance and mechanics of the 270,000-foot building squares between West 47th and West 48th streets, near Rockefeller Center.
While the building’s dark glass facade will remain, its drab ground floor is being refreshed. The property gets a bronze marquee, a new lobby with fluted gray stone walls and matching stone flooring, updated elevator cabs and a pre-built, all-floor office suite designed by Spectorgroup. LTL Architects oversaw the first floor renovations and mechanical upgrades.
Renovations to the lobby include a new back wall clad in warm wood, a new gray stone reception desk, and thin bands of bronze that run continuously through the ceiling, walls, and floor, connected to vertical wooden LED light fixtures. The thin bronze strips also run vertically at the base of the back wall, and there is a bronze panel at the front of the new check-in desk.
“The last time we renovated the lobby was in the 1990s,” said Faith Ryan, CEO of Stawski Partners. “We took the time to update the look and use richer materials than what came before.”
The mechanical systems also received a nut soup upgrade.
“JB&B engineers wanted to reduce our carbon footprint and increase energy savings, so they tore down the building’s entire HVAC system and replaced it with new boilers and chillers, new cooling towers and a building management to keep everything running efficiently,” Ryan explained. Other upgrades include access to touchless restrooms, a new emergency generator, bicycle storage and three new landscaped patios for tenants.
The new 14,600 square foot pre-built 12th floor will have wooden accent panels on the ceiling, mid-century modern-inspired blond wood furniture and an open living area with leather sofas and armchairs with plants above, hanging from a long horizontal light. fixation.
Construction began in 2019 but was halted for much of 2020. Work is expected to be completed this summer.
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