Welcome!

Wearables Authors: Yeshim Deniz, Pat Romanski, Scott Allen, Kevin Benedict, Elizabeth White

News Feed Item

Hines Celebrates Groundbreaking on Signature Office Property 7 Bryant Park

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Joins Hines, Pacolet Milliken and J.P. Morgan to Mark the Event

NEW YORK, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hines, the international real estate firm, along with partners Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc. and institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, held a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday on the site of 7 Bryant Park, an iconic new trophy-class office tower in Midtown Manhattan.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130226/PH66818 )

Among the prominent public officials attending the event was New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg who said, "The best days are still to come to Bryant Park – a place the city has worked hard to bring roaring back to life. 7 Bryant Park is set to become another iconic tower, and it will bring more top-tier, cutting-edge commercial space, and more leading companies and their tax revenue to Midtown Manhattan."

"7 Bryant Park will create thousands of good-paying union jobs at a time when our economy needs it most," said City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. "I welcome this project to our city and look forward to its completion."

"7 Bryant Park is a building that will make New Yorkers proud," said Congresswoman Carol B. Maloney, who represents the New York boroughs of Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. "It's creating good jobs right here in the heart of midtown, attracting top companies and skilled workers from around the world. It is a welcome addition to the Big Apple's growing list of modern, innovative, environmentally sustainable office buildings that will help keep New York a world-class business destination while preserving the urban oasis that is Bryant Park."

Turner Construction Company, the general contractor, began construction at the end of 2012, and first occupancy is planned for the first quarter of 2015. 

Designed by renowned architects Henry N. Cobb and Yvonne Szeto of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, the 28-story, 470,000-square-foot steel and glass tower will offer direct and expansive views of Bryant Park as well as the historic New York Public Library.

"We are privileged to develop a project of such distinguished design at this exceptional location, bringing a first-in-class office tower to the heart of Midtown Manhattan's business district," said Tommy Craig, senior managing director of Hines' Tri-State operations. "This preeminent property will serve as a singular opportunity for a major tenant seeking both a significant branding presence and new technologies to create an efficient, modern and forward-thinking workplace."

"Our company and its ownership families are excited to be part of this signature project, which will further enhance the Bryant Park community and contribute beautifully to the New York City skyline," said Pacolet Milliken President Richard C. Webel.

"This well-conceived project has all of the key ingredients we look for, including an experienced developer and operator with a proven track record in Hines, a respected and responsible partner in Pacolet Milliken and a compelling and attractive location at the doorstep of New York's Bryant Park," said Kevin Faxon, head of Real Estate Americas for J.P. Morgan Asset Management – Global Real Assets.

7 Bryant Park, located between West 39th and 40th streets on the site of the former 1045 Avenue of the Americas, will include 10-foot finished ceilings, full-height clear vision glass, two spacious outdoor tenth-floor terraces overlooking the park and multiple top-floor opportunities including the possibility for a signature "duplex" penthouse­ with outdoor space and sweeping views of the park – one of the most unique office opportunities in Manhattan. The building is LEED® Gold Pre-certified, and will incorporate the infrastructure and technology tenants require for their businesses to excel in the 21st century.

The orientation of the steel and glass tower will capitalize on direct views over the park and past the historic New York Public Library. The building's entrance facade will be punctuated by a concave sculptural detail which cuts into the building in an hourglass shape, distinguishing the design and creating unique feature windows on every tenant floor. A floating stainless steel disc, measuring 46 feet in diameter, will be suspended over the corner entrance at 40th Street, serving as both a canopy and an architectural gesture facing the park, creating a memorable welcome point for tenants and their visitors.

Along with the premier location and state-of-the-art design, 7 Bryant Park will offer flexible interior customization options as well as signature opportunities for corporate branding for anchor tenants. With an impressive 90 feet of frontage on Avenue of the Americas, the ground floor at 7 Bryant Park will offer select retail tenants a variety of incredible branding opportunities and prominent exposure in one of New York City's most highly trafficked neighborhoods. CBRE is serving as the exclusive office leasing agent for the building, with the firm's CEO for the Tri-State Region, Mary Ann Tighe, leading the team. RKF, led by Chairman and CEO Robert Futterman, is serving as the exclusive retail leasing agent.

Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc. is a private, family-owned investment company with a history that dates back, through Milliken & Company, to the 1860s. In addition to urban office property, Pacolet Milliken has divisions that operate regulated and merchant utility businesses, undeveloped land and forestry, and income real estate in the southeast U.S.

J.P. Morgan Asset Management – Global Real Assets has approximately $64.8 billion in assets under management and more than 400 professionals in the U.S., Europe and Asia, as of December 31, 2012. With a 40-plus-year history of successful investing, J.P. Morgan Asset Management – Global Real Assets' broad  capabilities provide many of the world's most sophisticated investors with a global platform of real estate, infrastructure, maritime/transport and energy strategies driven by local investment talent with disciplined investment processes consistently implemented across asset types and regions.

Hines is a privately owned real estate firm involved in real estate investment, development and property management worldwide. The firm's historical and current portfolio of projects that are underway, completed, acquired and managed includes 1,208 properties representing more than 488 million square feet of office, residential, mixed-use, industrial, hotel, medical and sports facilities, as well as large, master-planned communities and land developments. Currently, Hines manages 379 properties totaling 137 million square feet, which includes 66 million square feet for third parties. With offices in 104 cities in 18 countries, and controlled assets valued at approximately $23.8 billion, Hines is one of the largest real estate organizations in the world. Hines is also a world leader in sustainable real estate strategies, with extensive experience in LEED®, ENERGY STAR®, BREEAM, Haute Qualite Environnementale and DGNB green building rating systems.  Visit www.hines.com for more information.

Photo (L-R): Tommy Craig, senior managing director, Hines; Yvonne Szeto, partner, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; Chris Hughes, senior managing director, CEO – East Region, Hines; Phil Norwood, director, Pacolet Milliken Enterprises; Henry Cobb, founding partner, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; Gerald Hines, founder and chairman, Hines; New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Jeffrey Hines, president and CEO, Hines; Robert Steel, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, New York City; Mary Ann Tighe, CEO, NY Tri-State Region, CBRE, Inc.; Richard Webel, president, Pacolet Milliken Enterprises; Kevin Faxon, head of Real Estate – Americas, J.P. Morgan Asset Management; Peter Davoren, president and CEO, Turner Construction Company; Elizabeth Propp, managing director, J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

For Further Information, Contact: 
George Lancaster, Hines 
713/966-7676 
[email protected]  

Roxanne Donovan, Great Ink  
212/741-2977  
[email protected]  

This press release was issued through eReleases® Press Release Distribution. For more information, visit http://www.ereleases.com.

SOURCE Hines

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
Adobe is changing the world though digital experiences. Adobe helps customers develop and deliver high-impact experiences that differentiate brands, build loyalty, and drive revenue across every screen, including smartphones, computers, tablets and TVs. Adobe content solutions are used daily by millions of companies worldwide-from publishers and broadcasters, to enterprises, marketing agencies and household-name brands. Building on its established design leadership, Adobe enables customers not o...
Everyone knows that truly innovative companies learn as they go along, pushing boundaries in response to market changes and demands. What's more of a mystery is how to balance innovation on a fresh platform built from scratch with the legacy tech stack, product suite and customers that continue to serve as the business' foundation. In his General Session at 19th Cloud Expo, Michael Chambliss, Head of Engineering at ReadyTalk, will discuss why and how ReadyTalk diverted from healthy revenue an...
Cognitive Computing is becoming the foundation for a new generation of solutions that have the potential to transform business. Unlike traditional approaches to building solutions, a cognitive computing approach allows the data to help determine the way applications are designed. This contrasts with conventional software development that begins with defining logic based on the current way a business operates. In her session at 18th Cloud Expo, Judith S. Hurwitz, President and CEO of Hurwitz & ...
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform and how we integrate our thinking to solve complicated problems. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, will demonstrate how to move beyond today's coding paradigm ...
The Transparent Cloud-computing Consortium (abbreviation: T-Cloud Consortium) will conduct research activities into changes in the computing model as a result of collaboration between "device" and "cloud" and the creation of new value and markets through organic data processing High speed and high quality networks, and dramatic improvements in computer processing capabilities, have greatly changed the nature of applications and made the storing and processing of data on the network commonplace.
Digital transformation is too big and important for our future success to not understand the rules that apply to it. The first three rules for winning in this age of hyper-digital transformation are: Advantages in speed, analytics and operational tempos must be captured by implementing an optimized information logistics system (OILS) Real-time operational tempos (IT, people and business processes) must be achieved Businesses that can "analyze data and act and with speed" will dominate those t...
Almost two-thirds of companies either have or soon will have IoT as the backbone of their business in 2016. However, IoT is far more complex than most firms expected. How can you not get trapped in the pitfalls? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tony Shan, a renowned visionary and thought leader, will introduce a holistic method of IoTification, which is the process of IoTifying the existing technology and business models to adopt and leverage IoT. He will drill down to the components in this fra...
As ridesharing competitors and enhanced services increase, notable changes are occurring in the transportation model. Despite the cost-effective means and flexibility of ridesharing, both drivers and users will need to be aware of the connected environment and how it will impact the ridesharing experience. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Timothy Evavold, Executive Director Automotive at Covisint, will discuss key challenges and solutions to powering a ride sharing and/or multimodal model in the a...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 19th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world and ThingsExpo Silicon Valley Call for Papers is now open.
I'm a lonely sensor. I spend all day telling the world how I'm feeling, but none of the other sensors seem to care. I want to be connected. I want to build relationships with other sensors to be more useful for my human. I want my human to understand that when my friends next door are too hot for a while, I'll soon be flaming. And when all my friends go outside without me, I may be left behind. Don't just log my data; use the relationship graph. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ryan Boyd, Engi...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Pulzze Systems will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Pulzze Systems, Inc. provides infrastructure products for the Internet of Things to enable any connected device and system to carry out matched operations without programming. For more information, visit http://www.pulzzesystems.com.
Why do your mobile transformations need to happen today? Mobile is the strategy that enterprise transformation centers on to drive customer engagement. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Roger Woods, Director, Mobile Product & Strategy – Adobe Marketing Cloud, covered key IoT and mobile trends that are forcing mobile transformation, key components of a solid mobile strategy and explored how brands are effectively driving mobile change throughout the enterprise.
SYS-CON Events announced today that ReadyTalk, a leading provider of online conferencing and webinar services, has been named Vendor Presentation Sponsor at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. ReadyTalk delivers audio and web conferencing services that inspire collaboration and enable the Future of Work for today’s increasingly digital and mobile workforce. By combining intuitive, innovative tec...
If you’re responsible for an application that depends on the data or functionality of various IoT endpoints – either sensors or devices – your brand reputation depends on the security, reliability, and compliance of its many integrated parts. If your application fails to deliver the expected business results, your customers and partners won't care if that failure stems from the code you developed or from a component that you integrated. What can you do to ensure that the endpoints work as expect...
WebRTC adoption has generated a wave of creative uses of communications and collaboration through websites, sales apps, customer care and business applications. As WebRTC has become more mainstream it has evolved to use cases beyond the original peer-to-peer case, which has led to a repeating requirement for interoperability with existing infrastructures. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Graham Holt, Executive Vice President of Daitan Group, will cover implementation examples that have enabled ea...
There is growing need for data-driven applications and the need for digital platforms to build these apps. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Muddu Sudhakar, VP and GM of Security & IoT at Splunk, will cover different PaaS solutions and Big Data platforms that are available to build applications. In addition, AI and machine learning are creating new requirements that developers need in the building of next-gen apps. The next-generation digital platforms have some of the past platform needs a...
So, you bought into the current machine learning craze and went on to collect millions/billions of records from this promising new data source. Now, what do you do with them? Too often, the abundance of data quickly turns into an abundance of problems. How do you extract that "magic essence" from your data without falling into the common pitfalls? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Natalia Ponomareva, Software Engineer at Google, provided tips on how to be successful in large scale machine learning...
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kausik Sridharabalan, founder and CTO of Pulzze Systems, Inc., will focus on key challenges in building an Internet of Things solution infrastructure. He will shed light on efficient ways of defining interactions within IoT solutions, leading to cost and time reduction. He will also introduce ways to handle data and how one can develop IoT solutions that are lean, flexible and configurable, thus making IoT infrastructure agile and scalable.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Numerex Corp, a leading provider of managed enterprise solutions enabling the Internet of Things (IoT), will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Numerex Corp. (NASDAQ:NMRX) is a leading provider of managed enterprise solutions enabling the Internet of Things (IoT). The Company's solutions produce new revenue streams or create operating...
In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee Atchison, Principal Cloud Architect and Advocate at New Relic, discussed cloud as a ‘better data center’ and how it adds new capacity (faster) and improves application availability (redundancy). The cloud is a ‘Dynamic Tool for Dynamic Apps’ and resource allocation is an integral part of your application architecture, so use only the resources you need and allocate /de-allocate resources on the fly.