Awards of Excellence 2020
rand* construction corporation
Scoop News Group

Scoop News Group
Award of Excellence
Best Interiors - Up to 10,000 SF

Project Team

Scoop News Group - (Owner)
Gensler - (Architect)
rand* construction corporation - (Contractor)

Executive Summary

Scoop News Group is a leader in public sector tech media. The project required extensive coordination of various high-end luxury design elements and materials. The space is located on the penthouse level and has a deck height of approximately seventeen feet from the slab below, which allowed for a great opportunity to use the natural light and take advantage of extremely tall ceilings. The ceiling design contains fifteen different ceiling heights consisting of different materials such as 10’ acoustic ceiling tile, glass, baffle ceilings, drywall ceilings and exposed ceilings. The exposed elements were painted black above the baffle ceilings which allows for a sneak-peak at the complex infrastructure above. The combination of different heights and materials creates a unique sense of depth perception and interest from various locations throughout the space. Scaffolds and lifts had to be utilized for installation of ceiling infrastructure MEP elements and ceiling elements.

The penthouse ceiling condition houses various building systems infrastructure and piping including a base building DOAS unit that is approximately 7’ wide x 25’ long. This unit hangs directly above the partitions directly above the CEO office, requiring careful coordination for the bulkhead and glass installations. The considerable size of this unit made accessibility for servicing a key concern among the building staff and the team. Access was coordinated into the design and delivery of the space to ensure building operations were unaffected.

Extensive dry lay and planning was performed with the marble floors before final installation. Various tiles were hand select based on veining characteristics. Grout joints and tile termination points were laid with alignments to the Adotta glass openings at huddle rooms, conference rooms, and video rooms which were precisely calculated for a seamless transition. The Adotta glass lengths were maximized to create a seamless look based that complimented the tall ceiling heights.The complexity of the design even kept utilitarian elements of the space into consideration. Devices such as light switches, thermostats, and outlets were all closely analyzed and positioned in the most discreet places to not impact the clean aesthetics of the space. Consistent alignment and spacing of all light elements, sensors, sprinklers, cameras, and access panels were executed collaboratively between subcontractors to ensure exact placement.

Despite the aggressive fourteen-week project schedule, remaining adaptable and ensuring open lines of communication allowed for design changes to be made after mobilization and still maintain the delivery date. The lighting was redesigned nearly halfway through the project, leading to a re-sequence of the schedule and various trades and installtion of temporary measures to accommodate final inspection efforts. This was critical considering several of the fixtures came from overseas. The approach to the Scoop News Project is an ideal approach to delivering a project with clear and constant communication starting from design development with all critical team members involved to ensure success.

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