Google: One City Block, 111 Eighth Avenue, New York
With Google’s $1.9 billion acquisition of the property at 111 Eighth Ave. Manhattan, NY, Google retained Taconic Management’s property team to continue managing one of NYC’s largest properties at 2.9M square feet.
- Conversion of an old shipping container elevator (used when the building was the Port Authority hub) into an ultramodern steel staircase.
- Talisen decided to outfit the staircase from the top down using mast climbers to provide a transport/work platform for all trades to work.
- The staircase featured a different angle and approach at each floor to provide an interesting and varied design.
- Lighting was located within the staircase to give a modern feel throughout all fifteen floors.
- Talisen modified the adjacent shaft in a similar fashion to include four new passenger elevators.
Talisen once again had the pleasure of working with Google on the construction of their sixteenth floor terrace at 111 Eight Avenue. Partnering with HLW Architects, Talisen took part in constructing an innovative and user-friendly operating terrace space that could be utilized for both recreation, as well as an outdoor work environment.
- Customary pipe railing was replaced with clear glass parapet guard rails and unique heavy duty CR Laurence mounting brackets.
- Custom “light rails”, which were installed on the planting beds, adding style, utility, and grace to a more traditional terrace feature.
- Sliding-track lounge chairs that would be protected from the wind.