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1221 Avenue of the Americas | July, 2017
Dan Shannon, principal at MdeAS Architects in New York, loves clever turns of phrase that succinctly describe his firm’s work. For its latest project, his utterly appropriate description is “from desolation to destination.” That sums up the renovation of the lobby at 1221 Avenue of the Americas, a 50-story tower built in 1972 that’s part of Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. Indeed, MdeAS turned a cluttered, nondescript entry into a welcoming, airy focal point— a showcase of activity both inside and out.
The JACX | July, 2017
Construction is currently underway for the two 26-story towers that will include 1.2 million square feet of office and retail space. Designed by MdeAS to “bring the outside in,” the towers feature a landscaped terrace and rooftop with lots of greenery. The roof of the buildings’ connecting podium features a one-acre landscaped “park” that will “serve as a quad where tenants can socialize, dine or work.” The quad will also have a spacious 2,000 square foot food and beverage pavilion. At ground level, there will be a plant-filled plaza along Queens Plaza
The JACX | July, 2017
Construction of The JACX is underway at 28-01 Jackson Avenue, directly across from Jackson Park and adjacent to Tishman’s already-finished office tower, Two Gotham Center. Drawn up by MdeAS, the 1.1 MSF project is composed of two identical 26-floor towers (One Jackson and Three Jackson) that are rather conventional in form aside from bands of ridged terra cotta spandrels.
1411 Broadway | April, 2017
"The plaza ... was not very interesting and not a very well maintained expanse of concrete," said Dan Shannon, a principal of MdeAS Architects. "Now there are a lot of people that come and have their lunch there. So with landscape and seating and lighting, we were finally able to vitalize that outdoor space so people can use it."
“We were not trying to make it look like, ‘Here is the new stuff!’ ” Shannon said. “We were trying to make a complete harmonized design so that, in the end, it doesn’t look like an add-on.”
28-07 Jackson Avenue | April, 2017
One of the largest office projects underway outside of Manhattan is One & Three Gotham Center in Long Island City. The Tishman Speyer Properties/Qatari Diar Real Estate-developed ensemble will accommodate 1.1 million square feet of office space in two 27-story office towers.
Slated to rise directly east of Two Gotham Center (2011), the $700 million project will anchor most of its block fronted by Jackson Avenue, Queens Plaza South and 42nd Road. Together, the towers will be the Long Island City's largest ground-up office development sine One Court Square (Citigroup Building) was finished in 1988.
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237 Park Avenue | March, 2017
In May 2007, Broadway REIT paid Beacon Capital $1,215,695,000. Rechler, The Walton Street fund bought it from the ashes of the Lehman Bros. bankruptcy in October 2013 for a then-bargain of $810 million.
They quickly hired Dan Shannon of MdeAS Architects to design renovations and proceeded to add nearly $100 million in capital and tenant leasing improvements- including sleek stone, glass and wood upgrades of the elevators, lobby and storefronts that complement its curtain walls' alternating ribbons of granite and glass.
28-07 Jackson Avenue | February, 2017
In 2008, the Department of Health signed a $316 million deal to be the anchor tenant for the first building on the mega-site, an office building known as 2 Gotham Center. The 21-story, curving glass building was designed by MdeAS and opened in 2011.
Directly east at 28-07 Jackson Avenue, two more office towers from MdeAS, 1 and 3 Gotham Center, have just begun construction. They’ll rise to 30 and 29 stories and offer over one million square feet of space, which includes a four-story retail building with a 1.5-acre park on its roof that will house a food hall, fitness center, and restaurants.
28-07 Jackson Avenue | February, 2017
Long Island City has experienced a commercial awakening and is often seen as the antidote to Manhattan tenants resorting to cheaper new Jersey digs. The two office buildings will be directly adjacent to 2 Gotham Center and also design by MdeAS Architects.
WeWork has already inked a 258,000-square-foot deal in the northern building, and Macy's Inc. signed a 550,000-square-foot deal in the other. The residential complex is anticipated to finish by 2018, while the commercial towers are expected to wrap up by 2019.
THE REAL DEAL
The most prolific architects in New York City also tend to be the least visible.These are the firms that are often involved in development projects from the very beginning, filing necessary paperwork with the city’s Department of Buildings and navigating the labyrinth that is the city’s zoning codes.
MdeAS, formerly known as Moed De Armas & Shannon, was formed in 1991 by two alumnus of Skidmore Owings & Merrill. The firm specializes in lobby renovations, having redesigned the Rockefeller Group’s 1221 Avenue of the Americas and Callahan Capital Properties’ 1411 Broadway.
RAUL DE ARMAS RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
"This is a very special award to get," Raul says, with a nod to his wife and the four generations of his family on hand at the ceremony held in November in Miami.
"It completed a connection between my past, present and future."
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1 & 3 Gotham | July, 2016
A rendering has been revealed of Tishman Speyer's planned two-tower, 1.1-million-square-foot office complex at 28-07 Jackson Avenue (a.aka 28-10 Queens Plaza South), in the Queens Plaza section of Long Island City. The towers - dubbed One and Three Gotham Center - will stand 27 stores, or 396 feet, in height.
One tenant include WeWork, which is set to take 250,000 square feet. Another is Bloomingdale's which has reserved 550,000 square feet of office space. Doha-based Qatari Diar is co-developing the project, while Financial District- MdeAS Architects is designing.
METALS IN CONSTRUCTION
330 Madison Avenue | Spring, 2016
Vornado enlisted the help of New York City-based MdeAS Architects, who have been creating a growing portfolio of building repositioning projects. As Dan Shannon, principal at MdeAS points out, “Every project of this type is unique. Each one stands alone in terms of its goals, its challenges, and its solutions.”
Using that approach, they assessed the building, along with structural and curtain wall consultant Gilsanz Murray Steficek (GMS), to determine the condition of each existing curtain wall components and the system overall.
WALL STREET JOURNAL
90 Park Avenue | June, 2016
“From the outside, when walking up to the building that light material can be seen in day and night,” Mr. Shannon said. “It’s inviting and transparent.”
The theme of lightness and transparency continues into the interiors beyond the lobby, where polished sycamore covers walls surround the elevator banks. Housing for cooling and heating units at the inside base of windows in tenant spaces was lowered to reveal more window surface and maximize the skyscraper’s views.
1221 Avenue of the Americas | April, 2016
The MdeAS Architects-designed lobby has gone from darker walls and floors to a much brighter white paneling along with imported grey stones.
“We transformed a lobby that had a mix of finishes that needed to be updated that people would walk through in a hurry to get to their office space,” Mr. Guiltinan said. “We changed that into a really bright, modern, aesthetically pleasing lobby with cohesive finishes and impressive artwork. People choose to linger.”
729 Seventh Avenue | April, 2016
Playbll will move from 525 Seventh Avenue between West 38th Street and West 39th Streets. The asking rent at 729 Seventh Avenue is mid-$60s per square foot, according to the New York Post, which first reported news of the move.
The 17-story building at 729 Seventh Avenue will undergo renovation starting this month, bringing a new lobby and entrance designed by MdeAS Architects.
237 Park Avenue | November, 2015
Steps away from New York City’s iconic Grand Central Station, 237 Park is undergoing a dramatic transformation, set to reposition the property as a future-forward asset in midtown Manhattan and enhance the tenant and pedestrian experience. Through a revitalized lobby, atrium and outdoor passageway, award-winning architecture and design firm MdeAS is leveraging the location and original design to maximum potential.
Reclad and Rework: Updating Midtown's Office Towers
Architectural League Executive Director Rosalie Genevro takes a walk through Midtown with MdeAS principal Dan Shannon to consider the market, regulatory, and cultural forces behind NYC projects and their potential to transform aging assets into competitive buildings.
SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE VOL. 1 (COMMERCIAL + OFFICE)
Dan Shannon discusses the challenges met when developing a sustainable program for transformative and new projects. He describes a key focus is to understanding the quality of the space and how best to maximize the experiences of the building tenants, visitors and future users.
On every project, the vision and the design must embrace the challenges of sustainability. Therefore, direct application of simple, practical concepts to innovative and transformative designs, allows for the creation of commercial buildings that encourage productive, welcoming and inspiring spaces.
281 Park Avenue South | March, 2015
Landmarks Preservation Commission’s approval of a renovation plan at 281 Park Avenue South, Commercial Observer has obtained renderings of RFR Realty‘s new retail space.
The renovations, which were approved last Tuesday, include modifying the storefronts and expanding the retail space on the second floor of the property. The two-level retail space includes 80 feet of frontage on Park Avenue South and 70 feet of frontage on East 22nd Street. MdeAS Architects is the firm working on the new retail space. Asking rents are $325 per square foot for the ground floor, $125 per square foot for the second floor and $50 per square foot for mezzanine and lower-level space.