Empire partnered with MSK and Perkins Eastman to complete the stunning David H. Koch Center, New York City’s largest freestanding cancer care center. The 750,000 square-foot, 23 floor, and LEED Gold-certified healing center truly advances on what a healthcare center is. Borrowing elements from hospitality environments, like natural lighting, sustainable materials, and collaboration spaces, the Koch center is filled with touchpoints that help MSK provide groundbreaking healthcare services while maintaining a peaceful and calming atmosphere for patients, their family, and the MSK staff.
Empire facilitated the procurement, project management, delivery, and installation of the entire project, which included over 100 ancillary manufacturers. We also partnered with Fabricate to create custom millwork pieces that helped infuse this space with MSK’s design vision and brand.
As the holding company for more than a dozen creative agencies spanning 52 offices internationally, Project Worldwide needed an HQ that could serve as a hub for its other New York-based agencies.
Empire Office and STUDIOS teamed up to deliver a space that celebrates creativity and experiential brand design, which are core values for Project Worldwide and the brands they represent. Steelcase height-adjustable workstations and private office solutions came together with a variety of ancillary manufacturers, including Nucraft, Uhuru, Andreu World, Studio TK, Poltrona Frau, Keilhauer, Davis, Blu Dot, Nienkamper, Hem, DWR, and Coalesse, to create a colorful, multi-purpose, and flexible space for Project Worldwide workers as well as a rentable, amenity-filled event space for its member agencies or other building tenants.
Even though the project installed during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 amid many manufacturer shutdowns and delays, we were able to utilize our strong vendor relationships and strategic thinking to stay on track with both the budget and timeline for a successful and beautiful completion.
CoreNet NYC, Awards of Excellence: Project of the Year 25,000 – 50,000 sq ft — 2021
International meal-kit company, HelloFresh approached ENV and Empire Office to design and furnish their new 2-floor office in downtown Manhattan. The ever-expanding e-service company sought to create an environment that would accommodate their young and growing workforce and ensure that company culture surrounded them in their day-to-day tasks. Brand colors were incorporated throughout the furniture selections, as well as within the custom-built open telephone booths created by expert custom millwork provider, Fabricate, creating a seamless look throughout the space. The unique office also pays tribute to the company’s focus on food with a commercial “test kitchen” located upon entry. Empire coordinated with various manufacturers to achieve HelloFresh’s desired aesthetic such as Uhuru for the workstations and custom, live-edge conference tables along with ESI, Steelcase, Via, Keilhauer, Bernhardt, Blu Dot, Materia, DWR, Design Public, BuzziSpace, Dauphin, Narbutas, Kimball and Allermuir.
The Raine Group, a global integrated merchant bank, collaborated with Gensler and Empire Office to design and furnish their new NYC headquarters in Park Avenue Tower. Double the size of their previous office, the 2-floor workspace features conference rooms, workstations, and private offices–all furnished with domestically-fabricated materials. The space is bright and open with many furniture pieces featuring a mix of materials, including concrete, solid oak, and blackened steel finishes. Empire and Gensler partnered with various ancillary manufacturers to complete the space, such as MASH Studios, Restoration Hardware, Vitra, Gus*Modern, Blu Dot, Mark Jupiter, and West Elm, to name a few.
Global media company Condé Nast worked with Design Republic and Empire Office to refurbish their multi-floor headquarters at 1 World Trade Center, resulting in a sophisticated and stunning space with warm tones sprinkled throughout the furniture selections. An expert in style and design, Condé Nast sought a workspace transformation that would fulfill the values and expectations of its young and diverse workforce. Steelcase FrameOne workstations aided in this transition to open plan benching, fostering an enhanced collaborative work environment. This project features approximately 30 ancillary manufacturers, as well as value-engineered options for additional cost savings. Condé Nast is the primary tenant at 1WTC, the tallest building in America, and Empire expedited the move-in process by performing multi-floor installations that allowed the client to shift work to vacant floors while construction was occurring on others.
A long-time client of Empire and a leading global financial services firm relocated 2,000 employees from their offices in downtown Phoenix to a campus in South Tempe, AZ. Empire and Gensler collaborated on the two buildings that now house the company’s growing operations and created a fresh open office environment that features 120-degree workstations, cafeterias, game rooms, training rooms, a health and wellness center, various breakout areas and more. Steelcase Answer workstations provide an airy feel for employees while also limiting noise exposure throughout the floor. Additionally, Hamilton lockers allow employees to store their personal belongings, reducing workspace clutter.
This multinational financial services company partnered with Empire Office on the relocation of their Houston, TX office. Located in a landmark building in heart of downtown Houston, this office drew on the guiding design principles developed by its design firm, HOK. We worked closely with all parties to procure, deliver and install the project on a compressed schedule while achieving a 20% cost savings for the client through the strategic value-engineering of the furniture package. The resulting space promotes the client’s brand, ties into the local community in which the office resides and provides choice and variety of space for the employees. Featured manufacturers include Steelcase, Coalesse, Nienkamper, Prismatique and Boss.
American Industrial Partners (AIP), a national private equity firm, worked with Nelson and Empire to design and furnish their NYC office located on the 40th floor overlooking Midtown Manhattan. Empire procured, delivered and installed all furniture including Steelcase Ology height-adjustable desks and Steelcase Elective Elements wood private offices. The open plan office provides employees with a café, small and large conference rooms and collaboration areas. The space also features ancillary furniture from Geiger, Source International, Bernhardt, Cumberland, Davis, Gunlocke, Clarus and Nucraft, among others.
Empire worked with Group M’s design firm, HOK, as well as 87 different ancillary manufacturers to create a workplace fit for the global media giant. Empire helped procure and deliver over 900 pieces of furniture for the expansive North American headquarters located at 3 WTC in New York, organizing every detail and ensuring each piece arrived within schedule. We worked closely with BOLD furniture to create custom meeting tables to bring out the uniqueness of the brand.
Argo Group, an investment provider of insurance and reinsurance products, hired TPG Architecture and Empire Office to design and furnish their new office located in a former warehouse in New York City’s Meatpacking District. The office houses the company’s digital team and features large collaboration spaces, an open cafe with booths, and a wall of conference rooms and private offices to accommodate their young and growing workforce. The new office now also includes a terrace for events and outdoor working, designed with plants to mirror the neighboring High Line.