Tishman Speyer and Bovis Lend Lease begin first phase of $316m Gotham Center
November 07, 2008 - Green Buildings
"For decades, Long Island City has been talked about as an area with growth potential," said Bloomberg. "Today, both the public and private sectors are making real investments in Long Island City that are transforming it from an area of substantial possibility to one of considerable activity. Gotham Center will be a further catalyst for growth in the area, and Tishman Speyer's investment signals a great vote of confidence in the future of Long Island City and the city as a whole. At the same time, the relocation of Dept. of Health staff to the state-of-the-art facility will increase its operational efficiencies, consolidating units that are now dispersed. The new space will incorporate our new open space standards for city office space, designed to foster greater collaboration and a better workplace environment."
The Dept. of Health's new space in Two Gotham Center will use the new open space standards, designed to create a better environment while increasing efficiencies, already employed by several city agencies.
Designed by Moed De Armas & Shannon, the new tower will incorporate green building technology and achieve silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Buildings Council for its interiors, as well as LEED certification for its core and shell.
Other members of the development team include Gensler, architect of record, and Bovis Lend Lease, construction manager. Tishman Speyer was selected to acquire the property and develop the project as a result of a request for proposals issued by EDC. The N.Y.C. Employees' Retirement System and the Teachers' Retirement System will commit up to $9.3 million each in equity towards the project.
The relocation of Health Dept. employees is expected to be complete in late 2011.