The American Red Cross, with its unique worldwide role, deserved a pristine new headquarters building. The renovation and build-out of a four-story brick structure resulted in the new state-of-the-art and spacious 100,000sf facility. Significant infrastructure work was required to meet ARC/GNY’s functional needs. We installed new passenger elevators, freight elevator, roof, water tank, mechanical room and cooling tower.
The new facility includes 70,000sf of office space, eight conference facilities of various sizes, support spaces and pantries. The open areas on the floors consist of 20 ft-high exposed ceilings with pendant light fixtures and private offices feature metal and glass fronts.
Technology, Keeping Pace
The new headquarters met 21st century technology demands with the addition of:
- nine classrooms each fitted with audio/visual equipment and systems
- a new 1,500sf data center
- a 24/7 Emergency Communications Center (ECC)
The most unique aspect of the project was construction of the ECC—the central command for responses to major disasters and coordination with city, state and federal agencies and other non-profit partner organizations. Our firm also built a 20ft antenna on the roof to support the ECC’s broadcasting capabilities. We realized the critical function of the Center, and ensured its reliability in times of need.