Porcelanosa US Flagship Project Wins GNYCUC Top Award

Courtney Grill Buckley
Porcelanosa, a global high-end porcelain and tile manufacturer, recently completed its United States Flagship Showroom located in New York City.

In June, this project received the Outstanding Project award from the Greater New York Construction Users Council (GNYCUC). The award was presented to the project team during the 2016 Chairman's Reception, which was held on the 30th floor of the Time-Life Building. Ten projects in various sectors received awards, as well as an individual who was honored, Patrick Burke, assistant vice president of capital project management at Columbia University Medical Center. The award was an honor for the team to receive as this was a unique project with challenging elements including working within a historical landmarked building with high level finishes.

The Porcelanosa Flagship is located at 202 Fifth Avenue in New York City, about a block away from the Faithful+Gould New York office. The project involved the restoration and renovation of the former landmarked Commodore Criterion building on the triangle corner of 25th Street at Fifth Avenue and Broadway.

This showroom, located directly opposite the landmarked Flatiron building, is 15,000 square feet and seven stories tall. Initially, Faithful+Gould was brought on board to conduct an independent due diligence audit of the design and construction progress, specificially focusing on issues relating to budget, scheduling, phasing constructability, construction protocol and procedures by the client. After providing a thorough report and outlining potential issues, the client engaged our team for full project management services for the project. This enabled our team to work as an extension of Porcelanosa and directly with the architect, Foster and Partners, as well as bidding, awarding and managing the new contractor, Americon Construction.

The building features ample showroom space for Porcelanosa's various products, a design library, office space, meeting rooms, a training area and an outdoor rooftop area. With the reallocation of space under the fresh air rights law, they were able to construct an additional floor to the original six stories. The additional floor was obtained by reducing the floor space by creating an atrium from the cellar to the second floor, as well as opening up the seventh floor to the sixth floor through the use of balconies.This enabled the design team to bring additional natural light into the building, which contributed to the LEED® Certification the project is working toward achieving.

"The project was challenging at times due to the schedule, as well as the high level of finishes; however, we all came together as a team to complete this showcase space. This award recognizes the effort put in by all."

Len Barone, Faithful+Gould Project Manager

The space was designed and constructed to achieve a very high level finish to complement the preimum products that Porcelanosa produces and sells. The client used every opportunity to utilize its products in various finishing elements, as well as to display its product in the space for showcasing.

Len Barone, project manager in charge of this project stated: "The project was challenging at times due to the schedule, as well as the high level of finishes; however, we all came together as a team to complete this showcase space. This award recognizes the effort put in by all."

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