With 4,300 currently active projects, VDA's consultations reach the spectrum of end uses. From subways and airports to symphony halls, from venerated landmarks and hospitals to embassies...
VDA has impacted transportation in virtually all building environments. The firm has designed mail handling systems and has consulted for special equipment applications like rack and pinion elevators, double deck hydraulic elevators, turntables, and vehicle lifts.
Complying with ADA regulations, VDA professionals design and oversee maintenance for systems that represent efficiency, aesthetics, and safety, and - whether projects run several months or span years - provide clients with the innovation and superior service they expect.
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Perry World House
University of Pennsylvania, Perry World House
The University of Pennsylvania has established a central home on campus for global activities and initiatives. Perry World House will be a gathering place for faculty and students from all 12 of Penn’s schools to engage with eminent international scholars and policymakers on pressing global issues of the 21st century. As a hub for international exchange and activity, the Perry World House will anchor Penn’s global resources on an interdisciplinary campus while creating partnerships abroad.
The Perry World House will provide the facilities necessary to support innovative research, enhance the flow of ideas between Penn and global leaders and provide a wide range of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to engage on major international issues.
VDA provided consulting services for one (1) new 3-stop elevator in a new hoistway in the new addition.
VDA is proud to have partnered with 1100 Architects on this project at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently Perry World House is a finalist for the Architizer A+Awards Popular Choice Award in the Higher Education & Research Facilities category.
Southeast Financial Center
Southeast Financial Center- Miami, FL
From 2012 into 2016 Van Deusen and Associates has provided full consulting services for the Southeast Financial Center through the modernization of 38 Geared, Gearless, and Hydraulic elevators.
The Southeast Financial Center is comprised of two buildings; a 55 story Office Tower and a 15 story Annex Building, developed on a 2.41 acre site in downtown Miami. The Tower contains 1,158,102 square feet of Class A office space. The Annex contains a 43,000 s.f. Banking Hall, a 21,071 s.f. Health Club, 11,228 s.f. of Service Retail, 12 floors of parking with 1,121 parking spaces, and the project’s Central Plant.
The Tower and Annex buildings are connected by an elevated covered walkway. The project also features a 30,000 square foot outdoor plaza landscaped with royal palm trees and a variety of native plant material. A steel attached 150’ feet from the ground provides a unique architectural connection between the two structures.
The Tower is distinguished by its striking “saw-tooth” design on the northeast corner of the façade. This feature provides up to 16 corner offices per floor and highly efficient floor plates averaging 22,000 s.f. of net rentable area. A “V-notch” in the middle of the west face of the Tower runs the entire height of the Tower and is highlighted at night.
Under the leadership and direction of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated, the Southeast Financial Center became the first Miami Office tower to achieve the nations prestigious LEED Gold status in 2009. JLL is a professional services and investment management company that specializes in commercial real estate. With over 58,000 employees across 230 corporate offices, JLL is a leading firm in the global real estate market.
Southeast Financial Center
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VIA 57 WEST
New York, NY
VIA 57 WEST
VDA provided consulting services for the design through construction of all vertical transportation systems at this 35-story residential building. From preemptive Traffic Studies to installations VDA was present through every stage of the design process. The scope of work included four (4) high-rise elevators in the main entrance, two (2) mid-rise elevators in the Northern Tower and three (3) low-rise elevators in the Southern Tower as well as one (1) amenity elevator, one (1) trash elevator, and one (1) parking elevator. The main four (4) car group is using destination dispatching technology.
VIA 57 WEST is located along the Hudson river and offers residents a compelling mix of 709 rental units, a large selection of amenities, and 45,000 square feet of retail space. The building has 178 unique floorplans and offers studios through five-bedrooms. The vast array of amenities for residents to enjoy include a pool, fitness center, half-basketball court, golf simulator, children’s playroom, library, poker room and media room. Residents may also reserve a variety of ‘living rooms’ for entertaining and take advantage of such features as a fireplace, chef’s kitchen, serving kitchen, dining room and an outdoor terrace with dramatic river views. The building will also house a Livanos Restaurant Group retail space.
The centerpiece of VIA 57 WEST’s unique design however is the VIA Garden, a lushly planted courtyard that opens toward the Hudson River, bringing in sunshine and beautiful views.
BBVA Bancomer Tower
Mexico City, Mexico
BBVA Bancomer Tower and Operation Center
The design for the Operation Center Building is the result of an award-winning competition entry. The project, part of a planned development within a dense urban setting, relates to its residential surrounding context through massing and scale. The project is conceived as a bundle of vertical volumes shifted at their intersections to create points of articulation. The building’s lively tectonic character establishes a sense of scale and visual dynamism that will contribute to the area’s pedestrian character and create an interior environment conducive to productivity.
Targeting LEED® Silver certification, the project optimizes building efficiency and promotes a healthy interior environment. The project’s sophisticated glass façade is wrapped by a screen of staggered vertical louvers that are calibrated to the angle of the sun in order to reduce solar heat gain while maximizing views and filtering daylight. The project will promote environmental sustainability throughout its structure, as well as energy-saving and water-saving features integrated within the design. -SOM
VDA provided consulting services through shop drawing review for twenty (20) high speed gearless elevators configured as low, mid, high & service groups for the Office tower, eight (8) machine-room-less MRL elevators for the parking levels, one (1) machine-room-less MRL elevator for the cafeteria levels, one (1) material lift for the trash room, and one (1) material lift for the cafeteria kitchen.
- International Terminal One, Philadelphia International Airport Philadelphia, PA
International Terminal One, Philadelphia International Airport
The Philadelphia Airport International Terminal One serves as the international gateway to Philadelphia and the existing airport terminals. The 807,293 sq. ft. facility is a large clad truss structure spanning the approach road with an adjacent transparent vertical wall providing views of the airfield.
VDA provided full consulting services through construction administration for twenty-three (23) hydraulic and geared traction elevators, nineteen (19) escalators and eighteen (18) moving walks in this 4-level, fast track project with approximately 800,000 sq. ft.
In late 2014, VDA began providing elevator consulting services for the survey and evaluation and subsequent document preparation for the maintenance agreement of 181 total units (ninety-seven  elevators, fifty-eight  escalators and twenty-six  moving walks) through the airport
- Minnestoa State Capitol St. Paul, MN
Minnesota State Capitol
VDA is currently providing consulting services for the demolition / decommissioning of three (3) existing elevators, and the installation of four (4) new traction passenger elevators.
The Minnesota State Capitol is located in St. Paul, MN, and houses the Minnesota Senate, Minnesota House of Representatives, the office of the Attorney General and the office of the Governor. The building also includes a chamber for the Minnesota Supreme Court, although court activities usually take place in the neighboring Minnesota Judicial Center.
The building is set in a landscaped campus. Various monuments are on display to its sides and front. Behind the building, a bridge spans University Avenue, and in front, others were later added over the sunken roadway of Interstate 94, thus preserving the sight lines. Set near the crest of a hill, from the Capitol steps a panoramic view of downtown Saint Paul is presented.
- Gem Tower New York, NY
International Gem Tower
The International Gem Tower previously known as the Diamond tower was designed by Gary Barnett, a former Belgian diamond trader. This tower included modern office space, underground parking, a maximum-security vault and a museum. The developer promises that his tower will restore the district as a world center for the diamond trade. The developer promises this building will bring in over 520 to 1,320 new jobs.
Located in New York’s Diamond District, this 800,000sf tower is wrapped in a three-dimensional, folded glass façade that creates an ever changing light play and resembles shimmering medallions with each fold. The tower’s five story podium is enveloped in a uniform, fritted plane of glass, providing a clean volume at street level.
VDA provided consulting services through construction administration for two (2) geared traction elevators for the Retail space, twelve (12) high speed gearless traction elevators for the Office levels split into mid-rise and high-rise groups, one (1) gearless service elevator accessing all levels, one (1) freight hydraulic truck lift, two (2) freight hydraulic automobile lifts, and one (1) hydraulic passenger elevator for the Gym.
- Wells Fargo Center Minneapolis, MN
Wells Fargo Center
The Wells Fargo Center is a 57 story skyscraper located at 90 7th Street South, Minneapolis, MN.
VDA initially provided our services for the survey and evaluation of thirty-one (31) existing units in the building. Subsequently, VDA was brought on to provide full services for the modernization of those thirty-one (31) existing units, which included three (3) low-rise shuttle elevators, five (5) low-mid-rise elevators, six (6) mid-rise elevators, five (5) mid-hi-rise elevators, five (5) hi-rise elevators, two (2) hi-crossover Executive elevators, two (2) service elevators, two (2) garage elevators and one (1) teller elevators.
- Cayan Tower (formerly Infinity Tower) Dubai Marina, UAE
Cayan Tower (formerly Infinity Tower)
The 73-story Cayan Tower (formerly Infinity Tower at Dubai Marina) is the first structure of its kind and has a dynamic twisting shape with a full 90-degree twist. Each floor is rotated 1.2 degrees while the building maintains a consistent structural and architectural floor plate throughout its height. The project won the CNBC International Property Award for the Best High Rise Architecture in 2007.
The 1,200,000 sq. ft. tower consists of 456 luxury residential apartments, lofts and penthouses and each unit will have a panoramic view of either Palm Island, the Arabian Gulf, and/or the Marina.
VDA provided services through the construction documents phase for six gearless passenger elevators divided into separate low-rise and high-rise banks, and one (1) gearless service elevator serving all floors.
- Rutgers Business School Piscataway Township, NJ
Rutgers Business School- Livingston Campus
The Livingston Campus building, which opened with the start of the 2013 fall semester, contains nearly $4 million worth of technology. The majority of the technology is wired into more than two dozen teaching rooms, including a 440-seat, theater-styled auditorium. The seating in the classrooms and lecture halls can, collectively, accommodate more than 2,000 students.
The business school building, with its glass exterior and five-foot-high columns, adds a dramatic gateway to the Livingston Campus. It also represents one of the latest examples of Rutgers University’s commitment to renewable energy.
Two solar fields on campus will supply the building with electricity and a nearby geothermal field will provide its heating and cooling. Those features qualified the building for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Sustainable Design Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
VDA provided vertical transportation consulting services on two banks of elevators located at opposite ends of the building. From shop drawing review to performance specifications and progress visits, VDA committed its services to the efficiency and safety of this innovative addition to the Rutgers Livingston campus.
- University of Minnesota Duluth, MN
University of Minnesota- Duluth Campus
Overlooking Lake Superior, UMD provides an alternative to both large research and small liberal arts environments and attracts students looking for a personalized learning experience on a medium-sized campus of a major university. A firm liberal arts foundation anchors a variety of traditional degree programs, as well as professional and graduate studies that draw on UMD’s many research institutes and labs.
VDA is providing consulting services for the modernization of sixteen (16) elevators in several building including Tweed Museum, Kirby Student Center, Kirby Plaza, Darland Administrative Building, the Dining Center, Montague Hall, Heating Plant, Lund Building, Sports & Health, Library Annex, Lake Superior Hall and the Cloquet Forestry Center. Our services also include the design and installation of two (2) new ADA compliant elevators.
- Willis Tower Chicago, IL
The Willis Tower (formerly named, and still commonly referred to as the Sears Tower), is a 108-story 1451 ft skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in 1973, it was the tallest building in the world, surpassing the World Trade Center Towers in New York, and it held this rank for nearly 25 years. The Willis Tower is the tallest building in the United States and the fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the world, as well as the fifth tallest building in the world to the roof.
Although Sears’ naming rights expired in 2003, the building continued to be called the Sears Tower for several years. In March 2009, London-based insurance broker, Willis Group Holdings, agreed to lease a portion of the building and obtained the building’s naming rights. On July 16, 2009, the building was officially renamed the Willis Tower.
VDA is providing consulting services for quality control evaluations and code inspections of 101 elevators.
In January 2009, the Willis Tower owners began a major renovation of the Skydeck, to include the installation of glass balconies, extending approximately four feet over Wacker Drive from the 103rd floor. The all-glass boxes allow visitors to look through the floor to the street 1,353 ft below. The boxes, which can bear five short tons of weight (about 4.5 metric tons), opened to the public on July 2, 2009.
- International Financial Center (IFC) Seoul, Korea
International Financial Center (IFC)
AIG and the Seoul Metropolitan Government are partners in the development of this 5,684,150 ft. (528,100 m2) mixed-use complex that will become the new hub for the financial, securities and insurance companies in Seoul. The $800 million complex comprises 3 office towers ranging in height from 575ft (175m) to 920ft (280m) tall, a 500-room 5 star hotel at 635ft (190m) tall and a below-grade retail mall with access to the Yeouido subway station.
VDA provided consulting services through shop drawing review for six (6) escalators in the office towers, eight (8) in the hotel and twenty (20) serving the retail component. There are a total of seventy-six (76) elevators service the three office towers, seventeen (17) in the hotel and twenty-four (24) in the retail area. Construction began in 2006 with completion of the first tower expected in 2009. The entire project is scheduled to complete in 2012.
- Statue of Liberty Liberty Island
Statue of Liberty Renovation
The Statue of Liberty underwent a $30 million renovation that included replacing the stairs to the crown and making them less steep and more accessible, modernizing an existing elevator and the design and installation of a new elevator that provides elevator and wheelchair access to areas previously not accessible by disabled or elderly visitors.
The year-long internal makeover, was led by Mills + Schnoering Architects (M+Sa). The design firm that specializes in historic preservation retained VDA to provide consulting services for the modernization of an existing elevator previously designed by VDA, and the design and installation of a new elevator that provides improved accessibility for disabled and wheelchair bound visitors. Additional renovations include new stair rails, protective glass throughout the stairway up to the reopened crown, and new heating, cooling and ventilation systems allows for a more comfortable experience.
VDA possesses a healthy respect for the integrity of historic/landmark buildings and regulations governing their modification, and provides the expertise required to evaluate existing vertical transportation systems and recommend repair, upgrading or replacement options to meet the building’s proposed new vertical circulation requirements. The firm has provided services for hundreds of restorations and adaptive reuse projects that maintain their natural elegance while creating stylish, functional structures.
- Al Hamra Tower Kuwait City, Kuwait
Al Hamra Tower
Ajial Real Estate Entertainment Company built a commercial tower in Kuwait at a site previously occupied by the Al Hamra and Firdous cinemas in Kuwait City. Estimated to cost $950 million, the 2,098,962 sq. ft. (195,000 m2) project includes office space, a health club, parking, and a high-end shopping mall with theaters and a food court, and was completed in 2011. The list of firsts for this concrete structure is extensive: It is the tallest stone-clad building in the world, the tallest twisting structure in the world and the tallest building in Kuwait. Because of its height, three zones of elevators were installed. Shuttle elevators bring passengers to approximately one thirds, and two thirds up the building to sky lobbies, where they transfer to local elevators to reach their particular floor above.
The primary benefit of this elevator zoning was the ability to stack the local elevators of each zone on top of local elevators below. This reduced the overall building core footprint maximizing the leasable area. In order to accomplish this, two sets of three 40 person lifts serve each of the two sky lobbies. For these shuttles, the machines were wider than the shafts the elevators occupy, and the machinery couldn’t extend outside of the shaft footpint, requiring a vertically stacked machine and control arrangement in a multi-level mechanical room.
Finally, due to the specialized mechanical and electrical systems required to support a high rise tower, the elevators needed to be sized for replacement of fans and transformers. So in the Al Hamra Tower, the service elevator has an especially high weight capacity and panels and doors that can be removed to transport objects as large as the elevator.
VDA provided services through shop drawing review for elevators and escalators in the retail podium, as well as the thirty-seven (37) passenger and service elevators in the 77-story tower. At 412 meters, the building is taller than any existing building in Kuwait.
- Mumbai International Airport Mumbai, India
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the second busiest airport in India and was ranked 48th busiest airport in the world by Airports Council International in 2013. The airport has five operating terminals spread over an operational area of 2,900 acres. In 2011, the airport was ranked the third-best in the world in the 25–40 million passengers category by Airports Council International.
VDA provided vertical transportation consulting services for the 4,500,000 sq. ft., terminal building. The project includes services for elevators, escalators and moving walkways. The master plan was designed to expand and upgrade the infrastructure at CSIA to accommodate 40 million passengers and one million metric tons of cargo. The new airport facility will house a total of 106 aircraft, 51 boarding bridges, 316 check-in counters and parking spaces for 12,000 vehicles.
“Our goal was to define a series of models that could be applied throughout the project to enhance efficiency and speed” - Rick Sayah
- 41 Cooper Square New York, NY
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art - 41 Cooper Square
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, established in 1859, is among the nation’s oldest and most highly regarded and distinguished institutions of higher learning. The college, the legacy of Peter Cooper, occupies a special place in the history of American education. It is the only private, full-tuition scholarship college in the United States dedicated exclusively to preparing students for the professions of art, architecture and engineering.
The Morphosis design for the new 9-story, $120 million full-block facility, conceived as a “vertical piazza,” helps foster collaboration and cross-disciplinary dialogue among the college’s three schools, previously housed in separate buildings. The building houses Cooper Union’s Albert Nerken School of Engineering - one of the top three engineering schools in the nation - and will also provide space for the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and the School of Art.
VDA provided full consulting services for a service elevator and two (2) passenger elevators for the project. The passenger elevators skip stops at several floors: instead, stairways up from or down from those floors encourage personal interaction and physical activity within the building. The project was completed in September 2009.
- Bank of America Tower New York, NY
Bank of America Tower
VDA provided full consulting services for the vertical transportation in this 2.1 million square foot, 54-story, ultra-energy-efficient building, which is the first high-rise office building to seek the LEED Platinum designation.
Bank of America Tower uses translucent high-performance glass in floor-to-ceiling glazing to permit maximum sunlight in interior spaces, in addition to featuring ““floating”” floors to facilitate more even, healthful, and efficient heating and cooling. It captures and reuses all rainwater and wastewater, saving millions of gallons of precious water each year. A very high percentage of the buildings materials came from recycled and renewable source within 500 miles of New York city.
The project includes fifty-two (52) elevators and three (3) escalators to serve the NY headquarters of Bank of America and other office tenants, and a recreated Henry Miller’s Theater, which had been located on the site since 1918. There is also be an elevator to the transit mezzanine below ground.
The 54-story building, rising 945 feet above the west side of Sixth Avenue, between 42nd and 43rd Streets, was completed in 2009. The $1 billion project was co-developed by The Durst Organization and Bank of America, which has committed to a 20-year lease for 1.1 million square feet as their New York operations headquarters.
- Citi Field Corona,NY
Citi Field - Mets Stadium
Citi Field is the 45,000-person capacity, open-air venue that serves as the new, world-class home of the Mets in Flushing, NY. Citi Field features unprecedented sightlines with seating angled toward the infield and set down closer to the infield. In addition, it features state-of-the-art video boards, more restroom facilities, a sit-down restaurant in left field, a natural grass field and enhanced access and egress and full ADA compliance. The facility was completed in time for opening day of the 2009 baseball season.
VDA provided full consulting services for nineteen (19) passenger and freight elevators and ten (10) escalators.
- Stephen M. Ross School of Business Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan - Stephen M. Ross School of Business
VDA provided full consulting services for four (4) geared elevators in this new, 270,000 sq. ft. structure which stands six stories at its center and three stories high around its perimeter. The heart of the building is the Davidson Winter Garden, a three-story, glass-enclosed academic “town square” surrounded by a 500-seat auditorium, classrooms, student group study rooms, faculty offices, and a rooftop “colloquium” that provides space for small dinner and luncheon gatherings, and large events with up to 400 guests.
In honor of his gift of $100 million to the school, the University’s Board of Regents decided to rename the school the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. The gift from Ross, a New York City real estate developer, is the largest donation ever to a U.S. business school and the largest gift to the University in its history.
- Grand Central Terminal - Rehabilitation New York, NY
Grand Central Terminal - Rehabilitation
Built and named for the New York Central Railroad in the heyday of American long-distance passenger rail travel, Grand Central Terminal is the largest train station in the world by number of platforms: 44, with 67 tracks along them. Spread between two levels, both below ground, 41 tracks are accessed via the upper level, and 26 can be accessed on the lower level. The terminal covers 48 acres. The Terminal serves commuters traveling on the Metro-North Railroad to Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess counties in New York State, and New Haven and Fairfield counties in Connecticut.
As one of the busiest transportation hubs, this multi-level facility is dependent upon its elevators to transport materials, employees and customers between various levels. The majority of the elevators went into service over ninety years ago and has not seen significant rehabilitation since then. Other elevators were rehabilitated approximately fifteen years ago, but were heavily utilized during the terminal’s renovation project, and now require rehabilitation.
VDA provided vertical transportation consulting services for twenty-seven elevators (16 passenger and 11 freight), which required modification, rehabilitation or complete replacement. The project was completed in 2008.
VDA has also provided consulting services on other projects at Grand Central Terminal including the Vanderbilt Hall Renovation, which involved the modernization of ten (10) elevators.
- Chase Tower Modernization Chicago, IL
Chase Tower Modernization
Chase Tower, located in the Chicago Loop area of Chicago at 10 South Dearborn Street, is a 60 story skyscraper completed in 1969. At 850 feet (259 m) tall, it is the tenth tallest building in Chicago, the tallest building inside the Chicago ‘L’ Loop elevated tracks, and the 32nd tallest in the United States.
VDA provided full consulting services through construction administration for modernization of the two (2) mid- and two (2) high-rise elevator banks (total of 28 elevators); and for door equipment and fire service up-grades for two (2) 9-car low-rise banks (total of 18 elevators). VDA’s scope of services also included services for the installation of four (4) new escalators and one (1) roped hydraulic elevator, demolition of eight (8) existing elevators, and cylinder replacement on 3 existing hydraulic elevators. In addition, all vertical transportation systems are being linked to an Elevator Management and Information System (EMIS).
- Hearst Tower New York, NY
This 856,000 square foot, 46-story steel and glass tower was built within and above Hearst’s existing 6-story, art deco building, a New York City Landmark, that was originally built at 959 Eighth Avenue in 1928. It houses 1,800 employees, the entire Hearst Organization, including comic strip distributor King Feature Syndicates and its cable television networks such as A&E.
VDA provided full consulting services through construction administration for seventeen (17) gearless traction elevators, five (5) hydraulic elevators, three (3) escalators and a counter-loading dumbwaiter. The $500 million project, including the new tower and renovation of the base, was completed in October 2006.
- Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY
Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
The Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is the first new research facility for MSKCC since 1989. One of the tallest laboratory buildings in the world, the 692,000 sq. ft. complex includes a 23-story building, completed in May 2006, that includes 16 modular laboratories, capable of being customized and reconfigured based on changing needs. The tower accommodates the Center’s programs in immunology, molecular pharmacology and chemistry, and cancer biology and genetics. A connecting 7-story structure that is under construction and scheduled for completion in 2008 will add a conference center, and a number of dry laboratories. The building was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, in collaboration with Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership.
VDA provided full consulting services through construction administration for six (6) 23-stop gearless traction elevators; and eight (8) hydraulic elevators. Two (2) of the hydraulic elevators are dual roped single stage elevators serving 4 stops and 3 stops each; there is also a vivarium elevator and four (4) clean/dirty cars, all of which serve 2 stops; and a standard in-ground hydraulic elevator which will be installed in the connecting 7-story structure.
- California NanoSystems Institute Los Angeles, CA
California NanoSystems Institute, UCLA
The 184,712 sq. ft., 7-story California NanoSystems Institute, on the campus of UCLA, spans an existing parking structure, allowing for a large laboratory floor plate.
The building contains Information Technology Infrastructure, Imaging and Spectroscopy, INMOS, Incubator Labs, a 4,000 sq. ft. Data Center and interactive space for planning and activities.
VDA provided consulting services for a group of three (3) geared passenger elevators and one (1) service elevator. The building was completed in December 2005.
- 30 St Mary Axe London, England
30 St Mary Axe
Completion of the core and shell of this new 590 foot tall office building at 30 St Mary Axe was in 4Q of 2003, but fit-out continued into 2004. Swiss Re occupies floors 2-15 as their headquarters; the remaining space in this 40-story, 500,000 sf building is by a variety of tenants.
Considered the first environmentally-progressive tall building in London, the circular plan of the building widens as it rises from the ground and then tapers towards its apex, partly as a design response to the relatively small site, and partly in order to deflect wind and help maintain pedestrian comfort and safety at the base of the building.
VDA provided consulting services through the construction administration phase for 23 elevators arranged in low-, mid- and high-rise banks.
- MoMA Expansion New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art Expansion
VDA provided full consulting services through construction administration for the Museum of Modern Art Expansion program which nearly doubles the museum’s total size to 630,000 sq. ft. and increases its gallery space by 50% to 125,000 sq. ft. The vertical circulation includes twelve (12) new and three (3) modernized elevators, and nine (9) escalators, to serve the new exhibition galleries, office tower, Education and Research Center, and museum support services.
Construction was completed in July 2004, and the museum reopened in mid-November, 2004, following a 3 year renovation of the building at 11 West 53th Street that has been home to MoMA since 1939. Although it had already been revamped several times, this renovation was intended to arrive at a design that would preserve the building’s history and accommodate its future.
- InterContinental Hotel Miami, FL
InterContinental Hotel Miami
InterContinental Hotel Miami is a first class facility with 641 rooms and suites. It is set in the heart of downtown Miami’s thriving financial and business district. This Class A Facility offers richly appointed accommodations and breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay. From the dramatic 34-story marble exterior to the soaring atrium lobby, this is one of the finest hotels in South Florida. It includes a heated outdoor pool and sundeck overlooking Biscayne Bay. A Full-service Spa with steam rooms, sauna and lounges. Three popular restaurants and cocktail lounges. It is located in the prime downtown location, minutes from South Beach, the Port of Miami, the Miami Design District, Coconut Grove and Coral Gables. It offers more then 101,000 square feet of elegant indoor and lush outdoor function space, including three ballrooms and 33 meeting and event rooms along with a state-of-the-art fitness center.
VDA provided full vertical transportation consulting services for modernization of nine (9) traction elevators, and three (3) hydraulic passenger elevators.
- International Terminal One, Philadelphia International Airport Philadelphia, PA