New York is the epicenter of all things "YUGE." Consequently, what would 2017 be without ENR’s Best Projects winners! Ranging from environment and sustainability to culture and safety, judges based their scores off a combination of contribution, creativity, security, and adaptability. As you may recall, 2016’s best and brightest brought us St. Patrick’s Cathedral and two-time award-winning Onondaga Lakeview Amphitheater. This year, the winners are equally impressive. Let's take a closer look at a two project winners and see what makes them so unique.
Photo Credit: Columbia University/Frank Oudeman
At 450,000 square feet, the Jerome L. Greene Science Center is the largest academic science building in the heart of New York City. Taking a page out of Steve Jobs’ book, the Science Center breathes innovation with its social architecture and inviting atmosphere, fueling engagement between Columbia University researchers and NYC’s philanthropic community.
Dedicated to ground-breaking research on the study of the brain, the Jerome L. Greene Science Center will be home to more than 800 scientists and researchers. With 21st century success hinging on neuroscience, award-winning architect Renzo Piano envisioned 9 stories of glass in what he calls a, “Palace of light,” allowing train passengers to peer into its epicenter yet blocking noise of the outside world from its inhabitants. The preconstruction through construction and management phase was initiated by Lendlease; whose commitment to incorporating smart growth and green building design principles make Jerome L. Greene Science Center a truly progressive piece of art.
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In one of the world’s most prestigious management consulting firms lies an affinity for design. At least that’s what one can assume when peering into Boston Consulting Group’s luxurious 10 Hudson Yards. Their new office, located on the six upper-level floors of 10 Hudson Yards, is 193,295 square feet of collision-creating space designed to enhance meetings and maximize collaboration. With amenities like the High Line Café and classes on how to make the perfect ‘Joe Coffee’ latte, we’re sure they’ve exceeded expectations.
Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the nation’s history. The 28-acre site is being developed by Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group, whose vision meshed well with BCG’s active community engagement. So much so, in fact, that BCG’s new space does not include personal offices or cubes – no individual has his or her own space. Incorporating technology into the design, employees are afforded the opportunity to reserve desks, lounge areas, meeting rooms, and lockers via an application on their phone. Structure Tone delved into Hudson Yards, constructing interior framework so architecturally sound, it laid the foundation for creativity and evolution.
Of course, these are just two of our Helbling favorites - check out the full listing of ENR New York's winners.
Congratulations to all participants, and good luck in 2018!