Mancini•Duffy has been retained by Somerset Development to create a master plan for the interior design of Bell Works that will provide cohesion for the iconic adaptive reuse development in Holmdel, New Jersey. Working with lead redevelopment architect Alexander Gorlin Architects, Mancini•Duffy’s mater plan will serve as a guiding blueprint for future developments, leasing practices, overall building renovations and tenant development plans at Bell Works.
Formerly named Bell Labs, the 2,000,000 sf Bell Works facility is currently undergoing a $100-million adaptive reuse redevelopment, the eventual result of which will be a modern, mixed-use complex. Originally designed by famed architect Eero Saarinen in 1962 as the headquarters of Bell Laboratories, the complex was constructed over a two year period, between 1962 and 1964, and was upgraded in 1982. In its new iteration, Somerset’s vision includes a pedestrian promenade within the building’s existing atrium that will serve as the central gathering space while connecting tenants and visitors to a host of dining, entertainment, and health and wellness services. The new property will also feature high-end retail and restaurants, high-quality office space, state-of-the-art health and wellness facilities, educational space, and a hotel with a conference center.
In addition to the creation of an interior master plan for the historic complex, Mancini•Duffy will also be reconfiguring the building’s various cores and infrastructure to accommodate the most efficient layouts for use by corporate tenants. The Garibaldi Group and M. Wilk Consulting serve as the exclusive office and retail leasing agents for Bell Works, respectively.
Mancini•Duffy will also be involved in the building’s future, providing architectural services for tenants including visioning and programming, test fits, design development, construction documentation and construction administration. The firm has been retained to present area block outs and renderings to assist in attracting future tenants to the finished space.
Somerset Development selected internationally recognized architecture firm, Alexander Gorlin Architects, to serve as the lead architect for the redevelopment of the facility. The firm, which specializes in a wide range of projects including historically significant, adaptive reuse developments, will oversee the execution of programming, re-branding and restoration for Bell Works’ public and common area spaces.
575 Lexington Avenue
The existing building at 575 Lexington underwent a façade renovation in the early ‘90s, creating a black grid on the façade and storefront, which continued into the interior. Within the last ten years, a lobby renovation as an “insertion” was completed, reducing the size of the lobby in both area and height by adding an undulating backlit resin and metal mesh wall. Mancini Duffy was engaged by Normandy Real Estate Partners to reposition the building by re-envisioning a new lobby and first floor base building that features a redesigned storefront, entrance, elevator lobby and cabs, and a high definition media wall.
The design creates a new base building that both opens up and lightens the storefront, while also connecting to and referencing the black grid above. A two-story entry featuring a continuous monolithic tongue organizes the lobby by acting as a ceiling to the main lobby circulation space and an exterior entry canopy, thereby creating an inside/outside connection between the lobby, storefront and sidewalk beyond. Finishes and materials included white quartzite stone, statuary marble, wood, veneer, stainless steel and high end light fixtures. Accenting the space is a high definition media wall displaying natural landscapes and also features programs to suit clients and special occasions.
NBC Sports Group
An adaptive re-use of a former Clairol factory, NBC Sports Group’s new home in Stamford represents a consolidation of four of the company’s offices across three states, bringing together NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, the 24/7 cable channel NBC Sports Network, and NBCSports.com, among others. This fast-track project encompasses two buildings: a two-story administration building being completely renovated into 60,000-sf offices, and a former warehouse/factory being converted into a broadcast center housing studios, a technical core, and office support space. The state-of-the-art facility houses our studio programming and shows for NHL, Formula One, MLS, Pro Football Talk, and, coming soon, Premier League and the 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 at-home Olympics operations.
KPMG: Short Hills
Our long-term client KPMG has always been an early adopter of new workplace concepts — for example, employing hoteling as a means to reduce real estate requirements since 1998. Their “Workplace of the Future” initiative, which, in their words, “considers not only where its people work, but how teams and clients can work together and collaborate in new ways to deliver results” constitutes KPMG’s efforts to implement alternative workplace standards on a national level. We’ve assisted KPMG on the roll-out of this initiative at several sites, including their offices in Short Hills, New Jersey, where we relocated several departments.
The University of Rochester
Our major renovation and rebranding project with Aramark for the Danforth Dining Center focused on the food service provider’s “Fresh Food Company” concept, providing a food-court dining experience in an efficient, cost-effective setting. Dating from the ’60s and serving the entire campus community, Danforth had an antiquated mess-hall-style serving structure and numerous ad hoc modifications over time, and was a perfect candidate for a major renovation. Our approach was not only architectural: a whole new operational concept in residential dining was integral to our process.
Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P.
When investment banking firm Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P. decided to relocate its New York offices, it turned to our firm for the selection and design of its new space. The generous floorplates at 1251 Avenue of the Americas were a big draw: the new space could accommodate critical adjacencies, allow for more open sight-lines, and provide room for growth.
Stepping off the elevator, visitors are given a formal sense of arrival by a symmetrical seating area in the reception, which is adjacent to a multiple-room conference zone, all of which makes extensive use of medium-toned tropical olive millwork. The airy 172-desk trading floor is marked by unobstructed views of 49th Street, and a nearby food service hub allows the firm to provide lunch for its busy staff. A new connecting stair links the two floors, and glass-fronted offices ring much of the perimeter.
The new offices both respond to Sandler O’Neill’s workspace needs and reflect the strong culture of the firm, with a design that is both contemporary and warm.
Dorsey & Whitney
When Minneapolis-headquartered law firm Dorsey & Whitney began considering a renovation or relocation of their New York City offices, we first evaluated real estate options for the client, including a stay-in-place scenario. Based on our findings, Dorsey decided to relocate to the CBS Building at 51 West 52nd Street. A significant driver behind the move was Dorsey’s desire to get its New York City-based clients more value for their money by relying on the firm’s stable of Minneapolis-based attorneys — a trend known as “homeshoring,” in which lawyers in smaller metropolitan areas, where real estate costs and billing rates are lower but quality is just as high, help serve clients in major cities.
Working together with Heineken, we developed a new design for the famed brewing company’s new corporate offices at 245 Park Avenue in New York City, a consolidation from two previous locations. The client came to us seeking a workspace with a more open, collaborative feeling rather than a space made up merely of offices and cubicles. Our dynamic solution was a heavily branded, largely open-plan floor dotted with small lounge areas suitable for impromptu meetings. To maximize shared daylight and views, private offices are kept to a minimum and located toward the core, and feature floor-to-ceiling glazing.
Veria Ayurveda Center
The Veria Ayurveda Center is not about mere buildings; it is about experience. Our goal is to resolve the opportunities and constraints of the program and site to create a space that evokes Nature, Peace and Tranquility. A major goal of Ayurveda Medicine is to condition the human body to achieve balance. Our challenge is to create a client and guest experience that celebrates and reflects that balance.
The task is to redevelop and reprogram the world famous Kutsher’s Hotel in the Catskills, NY into a wellness and fitness Resort Hotel and Spa. The facility will contain approximately 200 keys complete with dining, exercise facilities, an Ayurvedic treatment center / spa, indoor & outdoor pools, a championship golf course and clubhouse, and a museum.
In developing the design for The Veria Ayurveda Center, we sought to create a comprehensive and immersive experience for the guests, who come to the center to rediscover and rebalance. We feel that the design should not dictate flow in a way that feels forced or unnatural; rather it should elicit an experience that evolves and develops organically from the environment, a seamless sequence of journey, arrival, and discovery as one moves from one venue to another.
The built elements of the site will be designed in conjunction with environment and landscape elements. The architecture becomes one with nature, blending into the landscape through the utilization of natural, untreated materials and harmonizing with the environment through sustainable practices. The site becomes one space. Material transparency and transitional thresholds blur the transition between outdoor and indoor space, extending the outdoor experience into the built environment. Indoor and outdoor spaces, be they social or contemplative, recreation or educational, will be at one with the natural environment and merge with the natural features unique to this extraordinary site.