THE PLAN

555 Fifth Avenue

With an eye toward modernizing the office aesthetic at 555 Fifth Avenue, ATCO Properties & Management enlisted its construction division, Essential Design + Build, to implement a prebuilt office concept on the building’s ninth floor. The 6,031-square-foot space was designed with flexibility in mind and will offer potential tenants a vision of what space at the Midtown East office building can look like. The building’s tenant roster already includes a number of high-profile names, including Barnes & Noble, Harris Corporation, CW Financial Services and more, so new tenants enticed by the prebuilt space at the LEED Silver building will no doubt be in good company. “We wanted to pique people’s interest and get them talking,” Rich Hiler, president of Essential Design + Build, said of the project. Mr. Hiler spoke with The Commercial Observer last week about the concept and the unique touches he and his team added to the space.
Shown here with an open floorplan concept, Essential Design+ + Build designed the space to accommodate offices along the Fifth Avenue corridor, should a tenant desire more privacy. “It has flexibility to be an open plan with work stations and also has the opportunity to have offices,” Mr. Hiler noted. The pantry incorporates unique high-end finishes including porcelain floor tile, Caesarstone quartz countertops and lacquered cabinetry. “It’s almost like a residential kitchen,” Mr. Hiler described. With windows along the Fifth Avenue corridor, the space enjoys a significant amount of natural light. “We included glass partitions to let a lot of light into the space,” Mr. Hiler said. The skeleton of the office space is in place—including a reception desk, where a seating area and closet were installed for guests and staff. “We gave them the essentials: reception, IT storage, a pantry and a conference room,” Mr. Hiler noted. In addition to the work done at ATCO Properties, Essential Design + Build offers its services to outside clients, including offering tenants free test fits.

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EAST 46TH STREET
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555 FIFTH AVENUE 9TH FLOOR, SUITE 901

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38 | OCTOBER 8, 2013  | COMMERCIAL OBSERVER

FIFTH AVENUE

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