In 2006, Mancini•Duffy completed work on the New York headquarters for Wachovia Securities, one of the nation’s largest brokerage firms. Occupying 225,000-square-feet, the build-out covered six floors of the Seagram Building at 375 Park Avenue, an icon of 20th-century architecture whose status as a landmark presented our firm with many unique challenges.
The building’s transparency meant any interior element visible from the outside had to meet the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission’s stringent standards—these included the retention or identical replacement of the distinctive luminous ceilings, which were removed to install the ductwork for Wachovia’s extensive stand-alone air-conditioning system. Significant restrictions on alterations to the lobby also challenged our designers’ ingenuity.
- 225,000 square feet
- Developed a cost-effective plan to limit the extent of the ceiling replacement and ensure they would look uniform and new; glass office fronts also maintained the transparency of the exterior
- For Wachovia’s 53rd Street entrance, Mancini•Duffy designed a reception desk to match Philip Johnson’s original that the architect himself approved
- As the low slab-to-slab heights were a particular concern for the client in the design of the trading areas, Mancini•Duffy limited the height of the raised floors by eliminating CPUs and locating blade servers in super IDF rooms, centralizing most of the heat load and reducing the overhead HVAC ducts
- Installed two new generators for 24/7 emergency power and cooling and three rooftop chillers
- Award of Honor, SARA Professional Design Awards