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Moody’s Corp., New York, NY

Project Innovations 2008


Submitting Company:
Structure Tone Inc., New York, NY

Project Team: (not all-inclusive)
Gardiner & Theobald, owner's representative; Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, architect; Structure Tone Inc., construction manager; AMA Consulting Engineers PC, engineer; TM Technology Partners Inc., technology consultant; Morgan Holland, IT consultant; Raymond/Raymond Associates, kitchen consultant; Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, building owner; Moody's Corp., client; Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design Inc., lighting; WSP Cantor Seinuk, structural engineer; Design360 Inc., environmental graphics; Silverstein Properties, property manager; Cerami & Associates, acoustic and AV consultant

Project Specifics:
Building type/use: office
Square footage: 670,000 square feet
Project cost: not available
Project completion: September 2007

Product Suppliers: (not all-inclusive)
Armstrong | B&B Italia | Bendheim | Constantine | Cumberland Furniture | HBF | Herman Miller | ICF | Innovations in Wallcoverings Inc. | Interface Inc. | Keilhauer | Knoll | Luna Textiles | Maharam | Milliken | Petersen Geller Spurge Inc. | Steelcase | Teknion


Moody's Corp.'s new headquarters demonstrates the financial firm's strong commitment to its clientele and the downtown Manhattan financial district. As space and infrastructure demands strained the limits of their existing space, the company left behind its mid-century limestone home for a shimmering glass tower 2 blocks away. Construction encompassed 15 floors, featuring private offices and pantry and business support functions (copy rooms, etc.) on each floor.

Special Design Elements
The project team developed a design concept based on a menu of modular elements, such as interior office and workstation clusters. A flexible framework provided degrees of consistency and variation in the dense, 105-offices-per-floor plan. The layer of perimeter offices was perforated with fritted glass, allowing natural light to penetrate deep into the space. In the staff dining area, the elliptical servery sets the space in motion, sending ripples through the articulated ceiling into the dining area.

Design/Construction Challenges
To stay on schedule, the project team had to develop a very tight phasing plan that started each floor consecutively instead of simultaneously. An integrated design, procurement, and construction schedule was developed that facilitated this construction approach. Another challenge included the installation of a 1,000kW standby generator and an 8,000-square-foot data center with two 400kVA UPS systems. Installation of the generator took 3 weekends of work.













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