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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The Culture Shed
The Culture Shed at Hudson Yards
Designed by lead Architect Diller Scofidio + Renfro. This new multi-use cultural facility is located in The Bloomberg Building attached to the base of 15 Hudson Yards. Intended to be a multi-use facility, The Shed contains two levels of exhibition space and a 500 seat theater to be used for art installations, events and large-scale performances. Other than the striking facade of The Shed, another element that makes this building unique is its retractable shell which allows the ability for the space to expand and contract based on the event. With the shell fully retracted, the plaza transforms into an outdoor space that can be accessed by the public.
VDA was brought onto the project to provide consulting services from the Schematic Design phase through the most recent punch out of the eight (8) escalators and four (4) elevators that serve the new building.
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.
- 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.
- Fordham Law New York, NY
Fordham University School of Law
In 2011 construction began in Lincoln Center on Fordham University’s new 22-story Law School and Dormitory building. This new building was the focal point in the first phase of Forham University’s 15-year mater plan for its Lincoln Center Campus. Construction was officially completed in September 2014.
The 9 story law school includes lecture halls, conference and seminar rooms, 26 classrooms, two-story atrium, a trial court facility and a 90,000-volume law library. The 12-story dormitory houses 430 undergraduates with 5 integrated learning center suites, 130-seat dining hall and entertainment rooms.
VDA provided services from schematic design through construction administration for eight (8) elevators in the Law School, and four (4) elevators in the Dormitory housing situated above the law school.
- 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.
- MiMA New York, NY
440 West 42nd Street - MiMA
VDA provided full consulting services through construction administration for seventeen (17) elevators in this 57-story project at 440 West 42nd Street, New York, NY. The 1 million sq. ft., mixed use project includes a 300 room hotel, 400 luxury rentals, 200 condominiums, a 50,000 sq. ft. Equinox fitness Club, 100,000 sf of retail, and four off-broadway theaters, above a 200-car underground garage, and the future entrance to the new No. 7 Subway Line at the corner of 42nd Street and 10th Avenue in Midtown West of Manhattan. Arquitectonia designed the building; Ismael Leyva is architect of record, and the project was designed for LEED Certification.
- Nebraska State Capitol Lincoln, NE
Nebraska State Capitol
The Nebraska State Capitol, located in Lincoln, is the third capitol to be constructed. The first State Capitol was construction in 1967 as a 2-story building which crumbled due to poor construction and inferior building stone. The second Capitol was completed in 1888 and suffered the fate of poor construction and structural settling. The third and current State Capitol building, began construction in 1922 and completed in 1932 at a cost of $10 million. The Capitol has four interior courtyards, a square base of 437 feet and is three levels in height. From the center of the base is a 400 foot domed tower, crowned with a 19 foot tall bronze figure of The Sower.
VDA provided preliminary evaluation services for the four (4) primary gearless traction elevators that serve the State Capitol Building.
- 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.
- 11 Times Square New York, NY
11 Times Square
This project, designed by FxFowle Architects, is a 1.1 million sq. ft., 40-story commercial and retail tower at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue, the last developable land on the world’s most renowned block. It is the first new speculative development being built in midtown NY in years. Groundbreaking was in June 2007 and the project was completed in 2011.
VDA provided full elevator consulting services through construction administration for eighteen (18) gearless passenger elevators arranged in low-, mid- and high-rise banks, and for two (2) gearless service elevators serving all floors of the building.
- 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.
- Eventi Hotel and Beatrice Residences New York, NY
835 Sixth Avenue: Eventi Hotel and Beatrice Residences
VDA provided consulting services through construction administration for the 53-story, 620,000 sf mixed-use tower in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. The new mixed-sue structure comprises 302 luxury rental apartments, a 290-key hotel with banquet facilities, meeting rooms and event spaces with private terraces, a full floor restaurant, a ground floor café, retail space and below grade parking. The building has a first floor with two separate lobbies, one for residents and one for the hotel/retail area.
Three (3) geared passenger elevators and a service elevator serve the hotel portion of the building, while three (3) passenger elevators and one (1) service elevator serve the residential floors. One (1) geared food service elevator, a 2-stop restaurant passenger, one garage passenger elevator and one (1) hydraulic service elevator serve the restaurant podium.
- Aberdeen Proving Ground Aberdeen, MD
C41SR Center of Excellence-Aberdeen Proving Ground
The project involved design and construction of new facilities to serve the Command, Control, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (C 4ISR) Center of Excellence which relocated from Fort Monmouth, NJ, to Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. The site consists of approximately 2,000,000 total square feet of office, laboratory, and warehouse space in nine (9) separate buildings arranged in a Campus environment.
VDA provided full consulting services through construction administration for the vertical transportation equipment required in five (5) of the buildings.
There are three (3) standard in-ground cylinder hydraulic elevators in a 242,000 sq. ft. laboratory; four (4) machine-room-less traction elevators in a 250,000 sq. ft. GMS Tower; eight (8) machine-room-less elevators in two 5-story Headquarters buildings totaling 488,000 sq. ft. and five (5) machine-room-less elevators in a 360,000 sq. ft., 5-story C2CNT building.
- Metropoint, The Center for Business St Louis Park, MN
Metropoint, The Center for Business
The former Interchange Park, purchased by BPG Properties in 2006 and renamed Metropoint, the Center for Business, is a 892,731 sq. ft., mid-rise office complex comprising a 20-story building, a 10-story building, 2 8-story buildings and parking for 3,460 cars. After master planning for redevelopment of the property, the facility has undergone a $10 million renovation of public spaces and mechanical systems, installed a new fitness center and new landscaping.
VDA’s scope of work included evaluation of nineteen (19) existing elevators, recommendations for modernization/upgrading of the systems for the approved recommendations:
Complete replacement of seven (7) gearless DC hoist machines with permanent magnet AC machines, controllers and cabs. The project was completed in November of 2010.
- Mohegan Sun Montville, CT
Mohegan Sun Casino Phase II and Project Horizon
The Mohegan Sun was completed in 1996 and included approximately 250,000 sq. ft., and 3,000 structured parking spaces.
The Phase II Expansion included over 2 million sq. ft. of new construction including a 1,508 key hotel, casino (including 1,200 seats in restaurants), an arena facility for events; convention and exhibit space, and retail areas; as well as 9,500 structured and 5,000 surface parking spaces. For the various uses, VDA designed separate vertical transportation schemes including a total of thirty-three (33) passenger, service and freight elevators and twelve (12) escalators. The casino opened in November 2001; the remainder of the project was completed in June 2002.
Phase IIIA, called Project Horizon, is a $740 million, 1.4 million sq. ft. expansion which includes a new 43-story, 920-key hotel featuring 261 House of Blues-themed rooms, a House of Blues Music Hall, additional restaurant and retail space, and a 64,000 sq. ft. Casino of the Wind. The Casino opened in mid-2008, and the remaining portions of the project were completed in 2010.
- 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
- Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA
Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston embarked on a dramatic transformation that significantly and qualitatively altered the way that visitors interact with the great works of art the Museum is privileged to hold and exhibit. It involved both a major expansion to the east, in the form of a new wing for American art and expanded education facilities, and extensive renovation of its European galleries, visitor services, and conservation facilities. All are the products of many years of strategic planning and design.
VDA provided consulting services for Phase 1 implementation of the Museum’s Master Plan for renovation and expansion.
- National Museum of Natural History Washington, DC
National Museum of Natural History
The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s preeminent museum and research complex. The Museum is dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery, and learning about the natural world through its unparalleled research, collections, exhibitions, and education outreach programs. Opened in 1910, the green-domed museum on the Mall was among the first of the Smithsonian buildings constructed exclusively to house the national collections and research facilities.
For our client, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners, VDA provided services in Fall 2006 to evaluate the existing condition of thirty-two (32) passenger and freight elevators and provide recommended upgrades to be implemented as part of a Master Plan over the next 10 years.
Implementation of the plan’s Priorities 1, 2 and 3 is currently underway and involves full modernization of four (4) geared passenger elevators and six (6) hydraulic and geared freight elevators, as well as a cab renovation on two (2) passenger cars that had received a control modernization in 2000.
- 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.
- Lincoln Center Public Space New York, NY
Lincoln Center Public Space
The plan to revamp New York’s venerable Lincoln Center included significant renovation and expansion of several of Lincoln Center’s cultural facilities, new and improved amenities for the public and a dramatic new street presence for several resident organizations. Central to the project was reconfiguration of 65th Street, enhancements to the North Plaza, a 37,000 sq. ft. expansion of The Juilliard School, upgrading of the 1,096 Alice Tully Hall, and an expanded lobby and new West 65th Street Entrance for Lincoln Center Theater.
VDA provided full consulting services through construction administration for seven (7) elevators, one (1) wheelchair lift and two (2) exterior escalators, including two (2) passenger elevators and a LULA for The Juillliard School, and Staff and Public elevators at Alice Tully Hall.
- North Quad Residential and Academic Complex Ann Arbor, MI
North Quad Residential and Academic Complex - University of Michigan
VDA provided full consulting services through construction administration for two (2) geared elevators in the residential tower, and for two (2) geared and two (2) hydraulic elevators the academic tower in this 350,000-square-foot live/learn facility. The new $175-million North Quad Residential and Academic Complex, and L-shaped living-learning complex featuring 460 student beds in a 10-story residential tower and a 7-story academic tower arranged around interlocking courtyards, and connected by a cloister evocative of the Law Quad.
- 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.
- 15 Central Park West New York, NY
15 Central Park West
Occupying an entire block at Central Park West and Broadway between 61st and 62nd Streets formerly the site of the Mayflower Hotel, the 886,000 sq. ft., 15 Central Park West consists of 202 condominiums in two buildings: a 231-foot high, 20-story “House” separated by a private courtyard from the 550-foot tall, midblock, 43-story “Tower.”
VDA provided full elevator consulting services through construction administration for twenty-seven (27) units: There are eight (8) escalators and one (1) service elevator serving the retail portion; two (2) dual roped hydraulic elevators service the base; seven (7) residential elevators each serving 2 stops, for the floor through residential units; one (1) geared elevator and four (4) gearless elevators serving the Tower building; four (4) gearless elevators serving the “House.” The project was completed in September 2007.
- Archstone Clinton New York, NY
VDA provided consulting services through construction administration for the vertical transportation equipment in this mixed-use project that includes loft- and conventional-style residential space, retail, and theaters in three buildings that surround a plaza with community space.
Tower 1 (25 stories) has three (3) geared traction elevators and a standard in-ground 3-stop hydraulic elevator. Tower 2 (25 stories) has three (3) geared traction elevators, a 2-stop holeless hydraulic elevator; a 4-stop dual roped holeless freight elevator, and a 3-stop dual roped holeless hydraulic passsenger elevator. There is also a geared traction elevator to serve the low-rise condo building.
- Desmond Tutu Educational Center New York, NY
General Theological Serminary - Desmond Tutu Educational Center
VDA provided vertical transportation consulting services through construction administration for three (3) land marked General Theological Seminary buildings on Chelsea Square in NY, NY, that were converted into a new 5-story Conference Center and Guest Residences named the Desmond Tutu Educational Center.
The vertical circulation involved the addition of two (2) new simplex traction elevators and modernization of one (1) existing traction elevator serving the facility. In addition, a new wheelchair lift was installed, one (1) existing dumbwaiter was modernized, and a new dumbwaiter was installed in an existing dumbwaiter shaft.
- Dickinson College - Stuart Hall and James Hall Carlisle, PA
Dickinson College - Stuart Hall and James Hall
With a goal of enhancing Dickinson’s tradition of interdisciplinary study and collaboration, ZGF designed a new 90,000 SF science facility called Stuart Hall and James Hall. The project, completed in 2008, includes interactive learning and research spaces for biochemistry and molecular biology, chemistry, bioinformatics, psychology and neuroscience. The facility extends in a two-wing—or finger—configuration, with each finger connected by a shared spine that is the social heart of the building. A future phase will add another wing.
The design balances a contemporary look with elements that are responsive to existing campus construction. Sloped roofs and limestone reflect the existing character of the campus, while the use of iridescent stainless-steel shingles and the glass curtain wall treatment convey a fresh, modern design approach. Multiple courtyards have been integrated to facilitate indoor and outdoor teaching and interaction. Texture, color and the playful use of materials at the exterior extend inside the building to humanize and add richness to the interiors. The project has achieved LEED Gold.
VDA provided full consulting services through construction administration for two (2) standard in-ground hydraulic elevators: a passenger elevator provides service between the Ground and 2nd floors, and a service elevator has 4 openings (at the Basement, Ground and 2nd levels, and at the penthouse).
- Foshay Tower Minneapolis, MN
Foshay Tower, an example of Art Deco architecture was modeled after the Washington Monument and was completed in 1929 just months prior to the stock market crash in October of that year. The 32-story building is 447 feet tall, not including the antenna mast at the top of the building, and remained the tallest building in Minneapolis until 1972. In 1978 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
VDA provided full consulting services for the addition of four (4) new gearless and five (5) new hydraulic elevators during a renovation project to convert the building to a W Hotel, with 230 rooms. Two (2) existing elevators were decommissioned. Historic elements that were retained included the elevator lobby wall at each floor as well as the hoistway door panels, door frames and hall lanterns from the original elevators that date to 1929. The project was completed in 2008.
- 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.
- Lion House Reconstruction Bronx Zoo Bronx, NY
Lion House Reconstruction Bronx Zoo
The historic Beaux Arts Lion House was transformed into a vital educational venue with an exhibit on the flora and fauna of Madagascar, and serves as meeting and banquet space for the zoo. VDA provided services for the installation of one (1) standard in-ground hydraulic elevator to serve 3 floors.
The projected completion date of the LEED-rated facility was Summer 2008.
- One Financial Center Boston, MA
One Financial Center
One Financial Center is a 46-story wedge-shaped office tower that occupies 1.23 acres that links the Fort Point Channel area and Boston’s Financial District. In this mixed-used building, the office lobby, retail space and restaurant, occupy the first two levels; the rest of the stories are for offices.
VDA provided consulting services for the modernization of eight (8) low-rise traction elevators, twelve (12) high-rise traction elevators, two (2) traction service elevators, two (2) hydraulic garage elevators, and two (2) hydraulic shuttle elevators. VDA also provided specifications for the maintenance of twenty-four (24) traction elevators, four (4) hydraulic elevators, and two (2) escalators.
- RiverHouse, One Rockefeller Park New York, NY
RiverHouse, One Rockefeller Park
One Rockefeller Park is situated on the last, and arguably the best, waterfront site in Battery Park City. The 264 one-to-four-bedroom condominium residences are being developed by The Sheldrake Organization, with design by Ennead (formerly Polshek Partnership), Ismael Leyva and David Rockwell. One Rockefeller Park offers a diversity of living styles, including simplex, floor-through, duplex, and many penthouse layouts.
In addition to 260 residential units, the 54,000 sq. ft. building with 31 stories, also houses retail space, a public library, a green building education center and rental space for not-for-profit organizations. At the base of the tower is a four-story glass-enclosed atrium and the building’s design is configured around a 14,000 sq. ft. courtyard flanked by two mid-rise wings, and a 32-story south-facing tower.
One Rockefeller Park utilizes environmentally responsible materials, green roofs, state-of-the-art air and water filtration, and recycling technologies in delivering the highest performance green living standards ever offered in condominium living in Manhattan.
VDA provided full services through construction administration for three (3) gearless traction elevators, four (4) geared traction elevators and one (1) two-stop holeless hydraulic elevator. The project was completed in March 2008.
- Sheila C. Johnson Design Center New York, NY
Parsons - The New School for Design, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
This $19 million, comprehensive urban renovation project unites the street-level lobbies of four adjacent pre-1917 buildings at 66, 68 and 70 Fifth Avenue and 2 West 13th Street to create a 32,800 sq. ft. “urban quad” known as the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons, The New School for Design.
As part of the project, VDA performed a feasibility study, and then provided services for the modernization of two (2) existing automatic passenger elevators at 2 West 13th Street and modernization and conversion to automatic operation of one (1) existing manual freight elevator at 70 Fifth Avenue. There is also a new elevator enclosure constructed of aluminum mesh that features a digital countdown clock that identifies the time remaining before the beginning of the school’s next 3-hour academic period.
- The Center for Life Sciences Boston, MA
The Center for Life Sciences
The Center for Life Sciences (originally called the Blackfan Research Center) is a 575,000 sq. ft. building with office and laboratory space, as well as 750 underground parking spaces, in the Longwood Medical and Academic (LMA) area surrounded by Harvard Medical School, Merck’s new R&D facility, Children’s Hospital Research Center and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center East Campus. The $120 million project is the area’s first privately developed (by Lyme Properties), for-lease biomedical research center and is targeted for use by LMA area institutions
VDA provided full consulting services through construction administration for fourteen (14) elevators: four (4) geared elevators serve up to the 9th floor; four (4) gearless elevators serve the high rise floors to 18; there are three (3) geared elevators serving 7 stops in the parking garage, and there are three (3) 5,000 lb. capacity freight elevators which serve 22 stops at all floors in the building.
- The Rand Tower Minneapolis, MN
The Rand Tower
Rand Tower is a 26-story skyscraper that was one of Minneapolis’ tallest structures when it was completed in 1929. It was designed by Holabird & Root for Rufus R. Rand, Jr., a WWI aviator who was from the family that owned the Minneapolis Gas Company, now part of CenterPoint Energy. Much of the building is covered in ornamentation of an aviation theme and it is one of the Midwest’s outstanding examples of Art Deco architecture and design.
VDA conducted an evaluation of the existing condition of the six (6) gearless elevators with recommendations for improvement, and is now providing services for modernization of four (4) of the elevators and decommissioning of two (2) of them.
- U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Washington, DC
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
The ninth, and largest, addition to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, encompasses 580,000 sq. ft. on three below-grade levels, and includes 170,000 sq. ft. of expansion space for the House and Senate. Its five acre footprint is larger than the Capitol’s current footprint.
The project was conceived because the Capitol itself has inadequate restrooms, stairways, elevators and other facilities to handle a large volume of visitors. The Capitol Visitor Center accommodates 12,000 people a day, and up to 4,000 at one time. It features a 600-person dining facility, 2 25-passenger elevators, 26 restrooms and two orientation theaters where visitors view an introductory film before beginning their tour. VDA provided full consulting services for twenty (2) 2- & 3-stop hydraulic elevators, four (4) 7-stop traction elevators, and six (6) escalators
The $621 million project opened to the public in December 2008.
- Westin Edina Galleria Edina, MN
Westin Edina Galleria
The Westin Edina Galleria Hotel and Residences is an 18-story building (366,000 sq. ft.), that includes a 4-star, 225-room hotel and 82 condominiums. The hotel’s public spaces are located on street level with hotel rooms on Levels 2-7. The condominiums, which range in size from 800 sq. ft. to 3,200 sq. ft.,floors 8-18. Parking for the project, as well as replacement parking for 594 stalls of surface parking on the site (70,000 sq. ft), is included in a new 4-level, 752-stall ramp located in the southeast corner of the Galleria site.
VDA provided full consulting services for 3 geared hotel elevators; 2 gearless elevators for the residences, and 2 4-stop hydraulic elevators for the parking garage. The project was completed in November 2008.
- 201 Seventeenth Street Atlanta, GA
201 Seventeenth Street
This 17-story office tower, designed by Perkins+Will, LEED Gold certified, and features an aluminum-framed glass curtain wall with full-height tempered vision glass, creating open air views from inside the building.
The Class A office tower with 350,000 square feet of space was originally called One Market Street but soon after construction began the name was changed to 201 17th Street because of increasing familiarity with Atlantic Station, metro Atlanta’s leading mixed use project and the big yellow bridge that links it to the midtown office district.
VDA provided full elevator consulting services through Construction Administration for six (6) gearless passenger elevators, one (1) geared traction service elevator serving all floors, and two (2) machine room-less elevators serving the parking levels. The project was completed in September 2007.
- BellTel Lofts Brooklyn, NY
This landmark Art Deco building, originally designed in the late 1020s as the New York Telephone Company Long Island Headquarters, has been transformed into a luxury condominium building with 219 residences and 13 professional units, and retail space on the first level. BellTel Lofts offers one-, two- and three-bedroom loft homes from 600 to 2,700 square feet, many with breathtaking panoramic views and private outdoor space.
VDA provided full services for the vertical transportation units in the renovation project. Of the six (6) original gearless elevators, two (2) were removed from service and the other four (4) were modernized as a four-car group. A new 4-stop dual-roped holeless hydraulic elevator was added to serve the amenity floors; and two (2) new 8,000 lb. capacity freight elevators were added to serve as automobile lifts. In addition, there were two (2) new residential elevators added to serve the 2-story penthouse apartments. The project was completed in 2007.
- Borgata, North Expansion and Water Club Atlantic City, NJ
Borgata, North Expansion and Water Club
The Borgata Casino Hotel & Spa, which opened in July 2003, was Atlantic City’s first new hotel and casino in 13 years. Located in the Marina area on a stretch of land known as Renaissance Pointe, the 43-story casino and entertainment resort features 2,002 hotel rooms, 11 retail shops, 11 restaurants, a parking garage and 122,000 sf of gaming space with more than 3,600 slot machines and 145 gaming tables.
VDA provided full consulting services from design through construction administration for a total of forty-six (46) units including geared, gearless and hydraulic elevators, and escalators. The $1.1 billion project, owned by Boyd Gaming Corp. and MGM Mirage, was the largest hospitality development in North America in recent years.
Bower Lewis Thrower/Cope Linder again retained the services of VDA in 2004, a year after The Borgata was completed, for a 350,000 sq. ft. North Tower expansion project when the Borgata management realized they needed more gaming space, more luxurious guest rooms, and more spa amenities. When the expanded facility was completed in the second quarter 2006, the Borgata claimed one of the largest poker rooms in the area, more slots, additional restaurants and nightclubs, and back-of-house space.
During the planning stages of the first expansion, Boyd Gaming Corp/MGM Mirage, the owner, announced that a second Borgata expansion would be required to add 800 hotel rooms and suites and other amenities in a 43-story, $400 million project called The Water Club. Completion of the Water Club in June 2008 caps the 2-phase, $600 million expansion of the original Borgata, boosts the hotel’s room count to 2,800, and effectively builds out the site. VDA provided vertical transportation consulting services for five (5) elevators and eight (8) escalators in the “Water Club.”
- Bronx Criminal Court Complex Bronx, NY
Bronx Criminal Court Complex
Groundbreaking for the first new criminal court building in the Bronx took place on August 14, 2001. The facility is part of the New York City Master Plan for New York’s Court facilities and is located on a three-block site on East 161st Street near Grand Concourse Boulevard.
The $260 million complex includes a 10-story, 640,000 sq. ft. courthouse housing 47 courts, including 7 in the basement, and 10 each on floors 3-6, as well as space for the New York City Police Department, the Department of Probation, the Bronx District Attorney, and contract agencies. There is also a 1-story, 10,000 sq. ft. Jury Assembly building, and a 2-story, 94,000 sq. ft. underground parking garage below a large plaza.
VDA provided full consulting services for twenty-one (21) elevators (for garage, prisoners, jury, public, judges, and court employees) and four (4) escalators.
- Center for Science and Computation Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Bard College - Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation
The Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation, is a dramatic 49,000 sq. ft. building devoted to biology, mathmatics and computer science, with modern teaching and research laboratories, high-tech classroooms, and a 60-seat auditorium.
The Center features glass exterior walls, a large atrium, and an open floor plan for multidisciplinary spaces. The lobby has four freestanding pods which house an auditorium, two lecture rooms and a seminar room. Faculty offices cantilever above the lobby on the second floor and are accessible through an open corridor that overlooks the lobby and expands to study terraces over the pods.
VDA provided consulting services through construction administration for one (1) passenger elevator and one (1) service elevator. Groundbreaking was in 2005, and the project opened to students and faculty on September 23, 2007.
- 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).
- Eleven80 Newark, NJ
1180 Raymond Boulevard
This project involved conversion of the vacant 35-story art-deco Lefcourt Building, a former office building in downtown Newark that was constructed in 1929, to residential use. The landmark tower was home to many prominent law firms over the years, but had been vacant for a decade prior to Congswell’s conversion . The conversion resulted in 317 studio, one- and two-bedroom rental units in the 441,000 sq. ft. building.
VDA provided full consulting services for modernization and reconfiguration of existing gearless passenger elevators (PE1-PE4) to form a four (4) car group elevator system that serves all floors of the building. One of the elevators has the capability of operating as a swing service car with inconspicuous riser feature. The project was completed in Spring, 2007.
- Federal Reserve Bank Of New York New York, NY
Federal Reserve Bank Of New York
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is the most important of the twelve regional Federal Reserve Banks in the U.S. The New York branch encompasses New York state, the 12 northern counties of New Jersey, Fairfield County in Connecticut, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is known worldwide for its storage of the world’s largest stockpile of gold. The bank also conducts U.S. government open market operations (buying and selling of U.S. Securities).
VDA provided services for an initial evaluation of seventeen (17) passenger elevators, three (3) freight elevators, and two (2) tray conveyors; and subsequent services for modernization of the units.
- Grand Rapids Art Museum Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Art Museum
VDA provided consulting services through shop drawings services for four (4) hydraulic elevators and a dumbwaiter in a new 125,000 sq. ft. building at Monroe Center that serves as the new home of the Grand Rapids Art Museum. The building triples the size of the Museum’s existing gallery and exhibition space, and features a new family learning center, as well as expanded shops, cafe and an auditorium.
Our services were completed in 2004, the new building opened to the public October 2007.
- The Atelier New York, NY
Atelier, a soaring 46-story residential tower on Manhattan’s West Side features 478 studio, one- and two-bedroom condominiums. Atelier offers residents dramatic views of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline in a dynamic new neighborhood. The building boasts a variety of amenities including a sky-lit indoor pool, a 12,000-square-foot health club, a rooftop lounge and rooftop terraces. Atelier also features 15,700 square feet of ground-floor retail space and a 100-vehicle subterranean parking garage.
VDA provided full consulting services from design through construction for six (6) elevators (four (4) gearless passenger, one (1) gearless service, one (1) 4-stop dual roped hydraulic elevator) and two (2) hydraulic in-ground cylinder automobile lifts.
- Walker Art Museum Brunswick, ME
Bowdoin College - Walker Art Museum
This $20 million renovation project preserved the landmark building’s original facade and provided a new detached entrance pavilion on the south side of the building (between Walker Art Building and Gibson Hall) with stairs leading down to a new lower-level entrance court. There is also a modest, new rear addition that provides new gallery space and a view into the interior of the building from the street, while respecting the original geometry of the structure.
VDA provided full services through construction administration for two (2) new hydraulic elevators to provide full accessibility throughout the building. The project was completed in October 2007.
- Alfred E. Smith State Office Building Albany, NY
Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
The Smith Building was the City of Albany’s first skyscraper when it officially opened in 1930. In 1945, the building was designated the Alfred E. Smith State Office Building in honor of the popular former governor who died the previous year. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The rehabilitation and construction project at the Alfred E. Smith Building, which began in 2002, is the largest restoration and renovation project in the building’s history. The work was overseen by the State Office of General Services (OGS). This building is 585,931 gross square foot with 34 floors, 2,700 windows, and an observation desk. The top three floors are used solely for mechanical purposes.
VDA provided services for modernization of eighteen (18) gearless elevators and one (1) geared passenger elevator, as well as for the installation of one (1) new hydraulic passenger elevator. The project was completed in September 2006.
- Capital Gallery Washington, DC
The two wings of this office complex, at eight and three stories respectively, were first constructed in 1979. A sky-lit atrium allows public circulation between the buildings, and passage to and from the adjacent Metro Station.
VDA provided full vertical transportation consulting services through construction administration for the modernization of six (6) traction passenger elevators and two (2) hydraulic garage elevators in the eight story building and the installation of six (6) new elevators in the three (3) story building, which was expanded with seven additional floors, to 330,000 sf.
- Chevy Chase Center Chevy Chase, MD
Chevy Chase Center
The Chevy Chase Land Company has redeveloped Chevy Chase Center, one of the nation’s most successful neighborhood shopping centers, and added new office space at 5425 Wisconsin Street, in Montgomery County.
The project includes 260,000 sq. ft of Class A office space in an 8-story tower sitting adjacent to a 2-level, 100,000 sq. ft. retail area called The Collection at Chevy Chase. There is also surface parking, as well as 1,400 parking spaces in 3 levels of underground parking.
VDA provided full consulting services through construction administration for five (5) elevators in the office tower; two (2) geared elevators serving the retail levels and three (3) levels of below ground parking; and five (5) hydraulic elevators serving the parking garage. VDA also provided services for elevators and a conveyor in some of the retail stores.
- Columbus Tower Jersey City, NJ
VDA provided full services through construction administration for the vertical transportation units in this 35-story, 823,416 sq. ft. mixed use building. Four (4) gearless traction elevators serve the 392 rental residential units, four (4) geared traction elevators serve the East and West parking garages and two (2) standard, in-ground hydraulic elevators serve 26,000 sq. ft. of office space. There is also 31,000 sq. ft of ground floor retail space.
The building also features 8 townhouse units at the ground level, a landscaped deck and swimming pool for residents.
Construction began in Fall 2005 and the project was completed in late 2006.
- 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.
- InterContinental Boston Boston, MA
VDA provided consulting services through shop drawing review for the elevators and escalators in the InterContinental Boston, a $330 million, 21-story waterfront hotel and residential project.
The hotel component features 424 rooms in a low 61-foot component along the Fort Point Channel. The residential component, on floors 13-20, is to be called The Residences at the InterContinental, and features 130 luxury condos ranging in size from studio to 4-bedroom penthouse.
The architect was Howard Elkus of the Boston firm of Elkus/Manfredi.
- Little Rock Courthouse Little Rock, AR
Richard Sheppard Arnold U.S. Courthouse
The United States Post Office and Courthouse in Little Rock was built in 1931-32, and, though not listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building is considered eligible because it embodies the characteristics of Greek Revival architecture.
The project involved alteration of 249,563 sq. ft. in the existing Main Building and the 1941 addition, and an expansion to provide 8 new courtrooms on two floors. VDA’s scope of work included consulting services through shop drawing review for modernization of four (4) existing elevators, removal of two (2) existing elevators; the addition of one (1) new elevator in a new hoistway in the existing building, as well seven (7) new elevators [three (3) passenger; two (2) judges’ and two (2) prisoner elevators] in the addition.
- 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.
- Midtown Exchange Minneapolis, MN
VDA provided consulting services for fourteen (14) new elevators and two (2) new escalators in an adaptive reuse of the historic Sears retail and catalog site, known as Midtown Exchange, on Lake Street in South Minneapolis.
The 1.2 million sq. ft. project development includes Allina Common, a 250,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters for Allina Hospitals & Clinics; a 125-room Sheraton Hotel; rental housing; townhouse/condominium ownership housing; and restaurants and retail space.
The $142 million project, the largest redevelopment project in Minneapolis to date, was completed in June 2006.
- Minneapolis Central Library Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis Central Library
The New Central Library in Minneapolis is a result of a decade of community planning and citizen involvement. The 400,000 sq. ft. project has been built on the site of the 1961 Library it replaced that had been deconstructed. Designed by Cesar Pelli, the library’s five-story south wing is set perpendicular to Hennepin Avenue, the city’s arts and theater district, while its four-story north wing strikes the same stance along Nicollet Avenue, the main shopping and business street. A soaring atrium links the two streets, providing a grandly scaled, ground-level civic space.
VDA provided design services through the construction administration phase for four (4) geared traction elevators, four (4) escalators, and two (2) standard in-ground hydraulic garage elevators. Groundbreaking for the $125 million project was in May 2003 and the grand opening was held May 20, 2006.
- New York Public Library - Bronx Library Center Bronx, NY
New York Public Library - Bronx Library Center
The Bronx Library Center, which opened early in 2006, replaced the Fordham Branch Library and, at five stories and 178,000 sq. ft., the new building is three times the size of the facility it replaced. The Bronx Library Center houses more than 200,000 books and provides more than 150 public access computers. The $53 million project received LEED® Silver rating in July 2006, and is the first New York City municipal building to achieve LEED certification.
VDA provided consulting services for three (3) geared traction elevators and one (1) dumbwaiter during construction document and contract administration phases.
- New York Public Library - Bronx Library Center Bronx, NY
New York Public Library - Bronx Library Center
The Bronx Library Center, which opened early in 2006, replaced the Fordham Branch Library and, at five stories and 178,000 sq. ft., the new building is three times the size of the facility it replaced. The Bronx Library Center houses more than 200,000 books and provides more than 150 public access computers. The $53 million project received LEED® Silver rating in July 2006, and is the first New York City municipal building to achieve LEED certification.
VDA provided consulting services for three (3) geared traction elevators and one (1) dumbwaiter during construction document and contract administration phases.
- Newark Broad Street Station Newark, NJ
Newark Broad Street Station
Newark Broad Street Station, constructed between 1901-1903, is New Jersey’s premier historic railroad facilities and is listed on State and National Registers of Historic Places.
In addition to being a travel destination in its own right, Newark Broad Street Station serves as a major transfer facility, and is an ADA key station. It is the last point for passengers to transfer from Hoboken-bound trains to New York-bound MIDtown Direct service. Over 950 trains serve the station every week from three branches of the Morris and Essex Lines. At Newark, riders can make connections to fifteen bus routes.
Improvements at Newark Broad Street Station include the construction of a new center island high-level platform and shelter, the construction of a new eastbound high-level platform, the reconstruction of the Martin Luther King, University Avenue and Broad Street railroad bridges, the installation of new elevators and stairs, the installation of new restrooms and the rehabilitation of the main station building and passenger infrastructure.
VDA was the vertical transportation consultant on the Systra team and provided services for the installation of two (2) new hydraulic elevators—a 3-stop elevator serves the Ground level with front opening doors, and the Mezzanine and East bound platform levels with rear opening doors. There is also a 2-stop elevator that serves the mezzanine and West platform levels with front opening doors. The project was completed in 2006.
- Pier at Caesars Atlantic City, NJ
Pier at Caesars
VDA provided full services through construction administration for ten (10) escalators and eight (8) hydraulic elevators in The Pier at Caesars, a $145 million project that is transforming the Atlantic City Boardwalk into an international shopping and entertainment landmark.
The 570,000 building includes 320,000 sq. ft. of leasable space on four floors that includes a world-class roster of elite retailers and nine exceptional restaurants. At the end of the pier, a 3-level water, light and music show is available free of charge to the public.
The Pier is connected via a glass-enclosed skywalk to Caesars Casino, and unites four unique casinos, three hotels, and a luxurious retail-dining-entertainment center under one roof. The project completed in June 2006.
- St. George Intermodal Terminal Staten Island, NY
St. George Intermodal Terminal
The original St. George Intermodal Terminal was built to accommodate bus, car and rail connection to the Terminal and process commuters to the ferry. One of the project goals during renovation was to enhance the commuter experience and realize the facility’s entrance to Staten Island. The design team also paid particular attention to LEED criteria, and included sustainable design strategies such as a living roof, water recycling and recycled building materials.
VDA provided full consulting services for the addition of a new passenger elevator in the North Core, a new service elevator at the Main West Entrance, and a new escalator and a passenger elevator at the South entrance. The $130 million project was completed in May 2006.
- The Orion New York, NY
The Orion, at 350 West 42nd Street, is the first condominium built on far West 42nd Street in more than a decade and the 60-story, ultra-luxury, high-rise building towers over most surrounding buildings. The design team at Cetra/Ruddy designed the Orion with superb layouts, corner living rooms, and floor to ceiling glass to maximize views. The building has 650,000 sq. ft. including 20,000 sq.ft. of luxurious amenity space with indoor swimming pools, screening rooms, a breakfast cafe and fitness center, as well as 8,000 sq. ft. of retail at the ground floor.
VDA provided services from design through construction administration for (7) seven gearless elevators with a 3-car low-rise bank serving up to the 29th floor, and a three-car high-rise bank serving the lobby and floors 29-60, and a service elevator serving all floors. There is also a 2-stop hydraulic elevator serving the garage, and two (2) 7,000 lb. capacity automobile lifts.
- Brooklyn Supreme and Family Court Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Supreme and Family Court
This 1.1 million sq. ft. courthouse for the Brooklyn Supreme and Family Court is located at the corner of Jay Street and Tech Place in downtown Brooklyn, New York.
The 32-story facility has 84 courtrooms, including two large ceremonial courts, a 750-person jury assembly room, a 300-person detention facility, offices, and administrative space. It is the largest new court building in New York and houses numerous city offices, in addition to 140, 000 sq. ft. of speculative office space.
The building was planned to separate each of the three functions with distinct entrances, elevator cores and security systems, as well as public and judges’ circulation systems. VDA provided full consulting services through construction administration for thirty-one (31) elevators and four (4) escalators.
- 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.
- Comer Children’s Hospital Chicago, IL
Comer Children's Hospital, University of Chicago Hospitals
The new Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago Medical Center provides an ultra-modern yet child-friendly setting for all inpatient children’s health services. Many of the unusual components are the result of input from the Kids’ Advisory Board, a group of current and former patients who provided the design team with the child’s perspective on a hospital stay.
The building, completed in June 2005, is a 242,000 sq. ft., 155-bed, 7-story facility that will more than double the size of the existing facility one block away. The project was made possible, in part, by a gift of $21 million from Gary C. and Frances Comer. Mr. Comer founded Lands’ End.
VDA provided full consulting services through construction administration for two (2) in-ground hydraulic service elevators one (1) geared traction service elevator, and five (5) geared traction passenger elevators.
- One Spring Street New Brunswick, NJ
One Spring Street
VDA provided full consulting services through construction administration for the six (6) elevators in this multi-use project that is a key element of the revitalization of downtown New Brunswick.
Two (2) elevators serve four levels (35,000 sf) of office space; two (2) elevators serve the residential space on floors 5-23 (120 units of 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments), and two (2) elevators serve the parking areas providing 90 spaces in the Church Street Parking Garage area, and 316 spaces in the Paterson Street Parking Garage area.
- Skirkanich Hall, University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
Skirkanich Hall, University of Pennsylvania
The generous gift of $10 million by J. Peter and Geri Skirkanich helped finance the 58,400 sq. ft. bioengineering laboratory facility in the School of Engineering and Applied Science complex, near the School of Medicine. The project was a part of a $42.2 million bioengineering initiative at the University of Pennsylvania.
In addition to providing laboratory and office space for the department of bioengineering, Skirkanich Hall improves circulation through the School and creates a grand entrance from 33rd Street.
VDA provided full consulting services through construction administration for two (2) elevators in the building. Groundbreaking was in October 2003 and the grand opening was held in October 2005.
- Station Place Washington, DC
The Station Place project consists of three (3) 10-story office buildings adjacent to Union Station in Northeast Washington, DC. Tenants for this 1.5 million square foot office development include the Securities and Exchange Commission, which occupies 1,070,000 sq. ft (Buildings 1 & 2) as its new headquarters.
VDA provided full consulting services for three (3) escalators, sixteen (16) elevators and one (1) wheelchair lift in Building 1; eight (8) elevators in Building 2; and fifteen (15) elevators in Building 3.
- The Helena New York, NY
The Helena, 601 W. 57th St.
VDA provided full consulting services through construction administration for six (6) elevators in a new 545,000 sq. ft., 38-story apartment building at the corner of 11th Ave. and West 57th Street in Manhattan. The Helena is the first active parcel in an industrial block, and is a commercially viable mix of office, retail and showroom spaces.
The Helena, which completed in mid-2005, contains more than 500 apartments, a health club and parking garage. It features floor-to-ceiling glass, wrap-around windows, and column-free spaces, and includes many green technologies such as a black water filtration plant, photovoltaics, and efficient air handling systems, which brought this project a LEEDTM Gold rating.
- Turning Stone Casino Hotel Verona, NY
Turning Stone Casino Hotel
VDA provided services for a $308 million expansion of the Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone Resort & Casino. The project involved a 287-room hotel tower that at 20 stories is the tallest building between Albany and Syracuse. The 200,000 sq. ft. tower, which opened the summer of 2005, is part of a dramatic new grand entry to the resort, and also provides additional dining, recreation and lounging opportunities.
VDA’s scope included full consulting services for four (4) gearless passenger elevators and two (2) geared service elevators to serve the tower; a pair of escalators in the Winter Garden and a pair of escalators in the Event Center, and fifteen (15) hydraulic elevators for various applications throughout the tower podium.
- U.S. Post Office & Courthouse Brooklyn, NY
U.S. Post Office & Courthouse
This 575,000 sq. ft. project involved historic preservation and adaptive re-use of the General Post Office in Brooklyn as a Federal Post Office and Courthouse. The interior of the existing 11-story US General Post Office Building (two buildings: one constructed in 1892; one in 1933) was renovated, and the interior courtyard of the 1933 building received an 85,000 sq. ft. infill addition to provide a new mezzanine, new courtrooms for the U. S. Bankruptcy Courts, and 40,000 sq. ft for the U.S. Attorney’s office. The U. S. Postal Service occupies the renovated space.
VDA provided vertical transportation consulting services for fourteen (14) elevators, four (4) handicap lifts and three (3) document handling systems.
- 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.
- 731 Lexington Avenue New York, NY
731 Lexington Avenue
This 1.4 million sq. ft., 55-story building, with an adjacent 10-story podium, is located on a full block site between Lexington and Third Avenues and 58th and 59th Streets. Bloomberg anchors the office space on the first 20 floors; there is speculative office space from 21-29. In addition to 3 floors of retail in the base, there also are residential units on floors 32-55.
VDA provided full consulting services through construction administration for twenty-two (22) geared and gearless elevators and seven (7) hydraulic elevators, as well as two (2) hydraulic elevators and six (6) escalators for the retail space. The project was completed in 2004.
- Boston Convention and Exhibition Center Boston, MA
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
The $850 million Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, completed in 2Q 2004, dramatically increases Boston’s capacity to host trade shows and professional association shows. The facility includes a sub-divisible 600,000 sq. ft. exhibition hall on one level, as well as a 40,020 sq. ft. ballroom, and 84 meeting rooms totaling more than 160,000 sq. ft. A 1,000-car parking garage and a 68-berth loading dock are completely enclosed and away from view of the surrounding neighborhood.
VDA provided full consulting services for sixty-two (62) building transportation systems [thirty-four (34) escalators/twenty-eight (28) elevators].
- Clinical Cancer Center New York, NY
New York University Medical Clinical Cancer Care Center
The 13-level, 85,000 sq. ft. Clinical Cancer Center of NYU Medical Center is located at 160 East 34th Street (between Lexington and Third Avenues). The building, which opened in mid-2004, serves as “home base” for the Medical Center’s cancer patients by bringing all cancer specialists on staff together under one roof.
The Clinical Cancer Center offers specialized clinical care in a patient-focused treatment setting, and its team-oriented approach makes possible a timely diagnosis and immediate referral to appropriate treatment specialist. A Radiation Treatment Center onsite makes the center the only NCI-designated cancer center in New York City to offer radiation therapy in a freestanding outpatient facility.
The building was designed with a full-height aluminum and glass curtain wall with a distinctive covered marquee for curbside drop-off. The interior finishes incorporate natural earth tones to increase wellness and healing for patients.
VDA provided services through shop drawing review for three (3) overhead geared traction passenger elevators serving 12 stops, and one (1) hospital-sized service elevator serving 14 stops.
- Edison National Historic Site West Orange, NJ
Edison National Historic Site
Edison National Historic Site contains two units: the Laboratory Unit has 14 structures, including six which were built by Thomas A. Edison in 1887 and the Glenmont Unit, a 15.7 acre estate in used as a private residence by the Edison family.
On February 11, 2003, Edison National Historic Site closed in order to make improvements to Glenmont, the Edison home, and 14 historic structures in the Laboratory Unit. Improvements include upgraded fire detection and suppression systems and new heating and air conditioning systems. Several historic rooms, previously closed to the public, have been re-opened and new exhibits were installed throughout the Site. A new elevator was installed between buildings 5 and 6 allows visitors access to the second and third floors of the main laboratory (Building 5). Finally, Building 11, dismantled and sent to the Henry Ford Museum in 1940, has been returned and reinstalled on Site.
- Emma B. Bloomberg Hall Princeton, NJ
Emma B. Bloomberg Hall, Princeton University
This 4-story, 220-bed, upper-class dormitory at Princeton University features a kitchen and dining room with an outdoor terrace, four (4) laundry rooms, and two (2) study rooms. The building also houses student organizations, the WPRB radio station and some performing arts groups.
The $36 million project, called the Emma B. Bloomberg Hall, opened in September 2004. VDA’s scope of services included consulting services for two (2) hydraulic elevators with standard in-ground cylinders.
- Espirito Santo Plaza Miami, FL
Espirito Santo Plaza
VDA’s scope of work included all phases through construction administration for four (4) escalators and twenty (20) traction elevators in this 1.2 million square feet mixed use building which will serve as headquarters for the Espirito Santo Bank of Florida.
In addition to 116 condominiums spread over 10 floors, there are 300,000 sq. ft. of Class-A office space, 7,500 sq. ft. of retail space, and 116 condominiums spread over 10 floors. A 203-room super-luxury Conrad Hotel, with a ballroom and meeting space, occupies seven floors. The building also contains fitness facilities, restaurants and a separate 5-story parking garage.
The $200 million project was honored with 15 prestigious awards for excellence, including the “Platinum Award in the Category of Structural Systems” for its structural engineer, Leslie E. Robertson Associates.
- Graduate School of Business Chicago, IL
University of Chicago, Charles M. Harper Center - Graduate School of Business
The Charles M. Harper Center, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, brings classrooms, faculty offices, research space and school support services under one roof for the first time in 60% more space than the current buildings it replaced. The 415,000 sq. ft. project includes a level of underground parking, and features a winter garden, as well as an exterior courtyard.
The facility also contains 12 classrooms, 2 seminar rooms, 31 group study rooms and 42 interview rooms where corporate recruiters meet with M.B.A. students and where prospective students are interviewed for admission.
VDA provided full consulting services through construction administration for six (6) traction elevators (three duplex 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.
- The Four Seasons Hotel and Tower Miami, FL
The Four Seasons Hotel and Tower
One of the tallest structures in the southeastern United States, this 66-story tower, which opened in 2004, also is Miami’s first true mixed-use, urban residential project. The building has elevators in separate banks to serve a five-level parking garage for 1,200 vehicles, thirteen floors of hotel rooms and function space, approximately 243,640 sq. ft. of office space; and 29 floors/394 units of luxury condominiums with the finest views of Miami and Biscayne Bay. Residents enjoy a spectacular, private Grand Pool Terrace for relaxing and socializing.
VDA provided full consulting services through construction administration for twenty-six (26) traction elevators and one (1) hydaulic elevator in the project.
- 75 East Wacker Drive, Mather Tower Chicago, IL
75 East Wacker Drive, Mather Tower
The 521-foot-high building is sometimes called “The Inverted Spyglass” by Chicagoans due to its highly unusual design, a 21-story octagonal tower atop a more conventional 20-story rectangular “box.” Briefly the tallest building in Chicago at the time of its completion in 1928, it remains the city’s most slender high-rise structure at only 100 by 65 feet at its base. The interior space within the upper octagonal spire contains the least square footage per floor of any Chicago skyscraper. In 2000 Masterworks Development Corporation purchased the structure and undertook a complete restoration. In November 2002, the final phase of the project was initiated when a helicopter lifted the steel framework for a new cupola from a river barge to the top of the tower.
VDA provided full consulting services through construction administration for modernization of five (5) gearless elevators in this 42-story office building. Constructed in 1926, the building was originally named the Mather Tower after Alonzo Mather, who invented a more humane way to bring cattle to market on rail cars. is also known at the Mather Tower that was built in 1926, and is also known as the Mather Tower.
The elevators had previously been modernized in 1982 and the later modernization was completed in 2003.
- David L. Lawrence Convention Center Pittsburgh, PA
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
This $354 million facility is the nation’s largest to have received LEED designation from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Convention Center has a total of 1.45 million sq. ft., including 330,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space (250,000 sq. ft. of which is column-free exhibit space), 53 meeting rooms, 37 loading docks, and a 34,000 sq. ft. ballroom.
VDA provided vertical transportation consulting services for twenty-two (22) escalators, sixteen (16) hydraulic elevators (including two (2) with glass cabs), and two (2) geared traction elevators.
- Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station Secaucus, NJ
Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station at Secaucus Junction (NJ Transit)
The Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station at Secaucus Junction links 10 of NJ Transit’s 11 train lines to provide connections for intra-New Jersey rail trips not formerly possible, and to reduce northern NJ travel times to and from mid-Manhattan by 15 minutes. The $450 million project, built on 28 acres at the intersection of NJ Transit’s Northeast Corridor and the Main Line, was dedicated on September 6, 2003.
The Station’s lower level serves the Main Line; an intermediate level serves the Northeast Corridor, and there is an upper level Concourse featuring a 75-foot-high public rotunda capped by a 50-foot-wide skylight and clerestory windows. The Concourse Level includes waiting areas, ticketing, public rest rooms, station offices and retail space.
VDA provided full consulting services through construction administration for thirty-three (33) escalators and eleven (11) elevators throughout the station.
- 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 new 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.
The $550 million facility, which opened in May 2003, added 13 new international gates to its 7 existing ones in Terminal A-East.
- 11 Chater Road Hong Kong, China
11 Chater Road
VDA was involved in Hongkong Land Limited’s redevelopment of the old Swire House site at 11 Chater Road, in the heart of Hong Kong’s Central business district, since its very beginnning. Chater House is a 23-story office tower of 438,500 sq. ft. with telecommunications, electrical and mechanical features designed for the specific needs of investment banking and financial services tenants. The tower is above a 3-story podium with 45,000 sq. ft. of retail space. There are 3 additional, below-grade levels for parking.
Chater House is the link between properties to the north of Connaught Road Central with those to the south via pedestrian bridges through the building’s first floor concourse. The footbridge system in the Central business District in Hong Kong connects 11 Hong Kong Land properties and was designed to separate pedestrians from vehicular traffic while providing comfortable, convenient movement between the buildings.
VDA provided elevator consulting services from design phase through construction administration for twenty (20) gearless elevators, a standard in-ground hydraulic elevator, and eight (8) escalators. The project was completed in 2002
- 383 Madison Avenue New York, NY
383 Madison Avenue
This octagonal-shaped tower, built above an eight-story square podium base, was the World Headquarters for Bear Stearns Companies, Inc. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is the architect.
VDA provided a full range of consulting services from conception design through construction for this 1,200,000 sq. ft. building with 47 floors. The building, which was completed in 2001, has a total of twenty-three (23) passenger elevators (eight in the low-rise bank serving the trading floors; seven in the mid-rise bank and eight in the high-rise bank). There also are two (2) service elevators serving all floors, and four (4) escalators.
- Hilton Portland and Executive Tower Portland, OR
Hilton Portland and Executive Tower
Located in the heart of Portland’s business and entertainment district, the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower offers 782 guest rooms in two separate buildings. The Executive Tower, added in 2002, showcases 327 botique-style guest rooms in 9 floors above a 9-story, 675-vehicle parking garage.
VDA provided full consulting services for five (5) geared passenger and service elevators serving the tower, and three (3) geared traction elevators, with basement machine rooms, to serve the garage.
- Hotel Sofitel New York, NY
Paris-based Sofitel has 110 hotels worldwide including eight in the United States. Their U.S. flagship is the 30-story, midtown-New York project that was completed in November 2002. The Development Manager was Constructra, and Lehrer McGovern Bovis served as Construction Manager for the $70 million project.
VDA provided full-consulting services from schematic design through construction for the vertical transportation systems comprising a 4-car passenger group, two (2) service elevators (low- and high-rise), a low-rise freight elevator and two (2) high-rise service/freight elevators.
- The Jon B. Huntsman Hall Philadelphia, PA
The Jon B. Huntsman Hall, The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
The $139.9 million, 327,000 sq. ft. Jon B. Huntsman Hall is Wharton’s main classroom building and serves approximately 4,700 students, the Executive MBA Program, and nearly 250 faculty members. In the heart of the building is a 4,000 sq. ft. forum with space to accommodate up to 500 people; undergraduate and MBA restaurants and lounges; a variety of classrooms with high speed connectivity; and 57 group study rooms with audio and video conferencing and Internet access. Four floors of the Walnut Street rotunda accommodate academic department space with faculty offices ringing the circumference. The top of the tower features a conference area with seating for 200 in the main presentation room, and additional conference rooms, a board room, and a sky-lit East Hall.
VDA provided consulting services through construction administration for six (6) escalators and seven (7) elevators serving the building.
- 161st Street Station Bronx, NY
161st Street Station
The 161st Street Station Complex is one of the most heavily used in the NYC Transit Systems. The station includes an elevated IRT line, the IND subway below ground and a transfer building through which thirteen thousand people per day move between lines. It is also the station stop for the famed Yankee Stadium and, on game days, the daily traffic increases to an average of 25,000 people.
VDA’s elevator consulting scope included design development for five (5) new elevators in new hoistways in order to provide accessibility throughout the station complex.
Construction included a detailed phasing program to accommodate the extended Yankee baseball season in 1996 and 1998 through 2001 in order to perform the work over a four-year period while the station remained operational.
The $46 million project was named the 2002 Award of Merit for a Transit Project by NY Construction News.
- CUNY Graduate Center New York, NY
CUNY Graduate Center
The project involved adaptive re-use of the former B. Altman’s department store at 365 Fifth Avenue, NY, a registered Landmark, to become the 582,000 sq. ft. CUNY Graduate School and University Center.
Public areas are located on the lower levels; the academic and research areas are located on the middle five floors and include classrooms, lecture halls, computer labs,offices and study areas. The top floors house administrative offices, a board room and conference center organized around a central dining facility.
There is also a 92,000 sq. ft. research library, occupying the entire second floor and parts of the ground and lower levels, that includes 1000 work stations and open shelving for over 250,000 periodicals. The library is served by the building’s original 3-stop hydraulic elevator that has been restored, incorporating the original ornamental metal panels into its new cab.
VDA also provided services for the addition of six (6) new 10-stop gearless passenger elevators, and a new service elevator with 11 front and 4 rear openings.
- Manhattan School of Music New York, NY
Manhattan School of Music
In a $50 million project to expand the 80-year-old Manhattan School of Music, the Chris & SungEun Anderson Residence Hall, a 19-story, concrete building, increased the school’s facilities by 180,000 sq. ft. The lower floors of the building include new offices, classrooms, 250-seat recital, hall, 50-seat opera workshop, cafeteria, bookstore, dining hall and student activity center. Floors 6-16 comprise single-and double occupancy dormitory rooms, and floors 17-20 include hotel-like suites for visiting teachers; private concert rooms, and a penthouse apartment for the school’s president. In addition, 60 acoutically-isolated practice rooms are distributed throughout floors 4-16.
VDA provided full services for design through construction administration for four (4) traction elevators, two (2) hydraulic elevators, and a handicap lift.
- Plaza 66 Shanghai, China
Shanghai, Nanjing Xi Lu - Plaza 66
During the period 1994-1996, VDA provided full vertical transportation consulting services from Preliminary Traffic Analyses through the Construction Documentation Phase. Because of the project’s mixed use (commercial, retail and office), the final design incorporated ninety-eight (98) elevator and escalator units to serve the 3 underground floors, a 5-story retail plinth, and a 60-story office tower. The project was completed in 2001.
- The Trump World Tower New York, NY
The Trump World Tower
For this new construction project, VDA was retained to provide full consulting services for the vertical transportation systems from Schematic Design Phase through the construction/Installation Phase. The 72-story skyscraper at 845 United Nations Plaza, is a mixed use super luxury condominium/extended stay project with additional restaurant, health club and back of building services’ areas. The $180 million project was completed in 2001.
- Tokyo International Forum Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo International Forum
The Tokyo International Forum, in the heart of Marunouchi, includes two theaters (one of which is among the largest in the world); numerous conference rooms; and more than 6,000 sq. meters of exhibition space; as well as restaurants, shops and other amenities.
The 4 block-like buildings containing the exhibition space and theaters are separated by a public plaza from the main visual element of the project, a 60-meter high glass and steel hull-shaped atrium. The atrium and the other structures are linked by two levels of underground space and several above-ground glass-encased catwalks.
- ADIA New Headquarters Abu Dhabi, UAE
Abu Dhabi Investment Authority HQ
This 1,287,645 sq. ft. (119,626 m2) waterfront corporate headquarters, completed in 2005, is located on Abu Dhabi’s heavily planted, lush Corniche and includes two (2) slim profiled high rise towers—one 38-stories and the other 33-stories. The office wing to the north follows the city’s rigid, urban grid, while the wing to the south appears to open like a book, creating a space that looks out toward the sea. There is also a courtyard, with a vertical atrium garden that becomes a extension of the green parkway.
VDA provided services through the construction document phase for nine (9) gearless passenger elevators, a goods lift, a gearless passenger/service elevators, and three (3) additional elevators to serve the health club and parking garage.
- 4 Times Square New York, NY
The Condé Nast Building, 4 Times Square
This 48-story, 1.6 million sq. ft., Class A Office Building was the first skyscraper to be built in New York City in over a decade, and anchors the 42nd Street side of the New Times Square. Although hired by the developer, VDA worked closely throughout the project with the architect, FxFowle, and the general contractor, Tishman, in providing full consulting services from theoretical traffic analysis through construction administration.
- Cheung Kong Center Hong Kong, China
Cheung Kong Center
Built on Hong Kong’s most important site, this 1.5 million sq. ft. tower is a 62-story, well-proportioned square prism whose shape was dictated by Feng Shui.
The design team of Leo A Daly and Cesar Pelli and Associates was challenged to give the tower presence while harmonizing with its distinguished neighbors (the Bank of China and the Hong Kong-Shanghai Bank). The $450 million (USD) project was completed in 1999.
VDA provided consulting services from design through construction documents for thirty-eight (38) geared and gearless elevators.
- Philam Life Insurance Building Makati, Phillipines
Philam Life Insurance Building
American International Group’s PhilAm Tower was conceived and designed by SOM as a world-class intelligence office building. The project is located near the intersection of Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas in the Makati distrct of Manila, directly across from the Ayala Triangle.
The 52-story building features 60,000 square meters of prime leasable office space, an exclusive private club facility, two major banking halls, and space for required support services.
VDA provided full consulting services for twenty-one (21) elevators for the project, which completed in December 1999.
- Is Bankasi Towers Istanbul, Turkey
Is Bankasi Towers
The project consists of three reinforced concrete towers totaling 2,500,000 sq. ft. Tower 1 is 52 stories, the second and third towers are 30 stories each. All three towers sit atop a massive podium containing a branch office of the Bank, an auditorium, galleria and parking levels.
VDA provided vertical transportation consulting service for fifteen (15) elevators in the 52-floor Is Bankasi Tower 1, which is one of the tallest office buildings in Turkey and the Balkan peninsula (southeastern Europe), and eight (8) elevators each in Towers 2 and 3. Grand opening ceremonies for the Is Bankasi Towers were held between August 23 and 26, 2000.
- 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.
- Minnestoa State Capitol St. Paul, MN