The qualifications and background of AK Engineering supports the firm’s success in providing a full range of DOB-required special/progress inspections for all types of industries and architectural environments in New York City.
H&M Flagship Store
4 Times Square
H&M is a leading fashion company with approximately 3,300 stores in 54 countries. Its first store opened in Västerås, Sweden in 1947.
The retailer’s United States debut took place on New York’s Fifth Avenue in 2000. And when H&M more recently decided to open a new flagship store in the heart of Times Square, the company turned to AK Engineering (AK-PE) for conducting and coordinating all required Special/Progress Inspections.
Completed in December 2013, the project included a total renovation of multiple floors encompassing 50,000 square feet, which constituted an entirely new, three-story storefront system with all related structural support.
The space at 4 Times Square, previously occupied by the ESPN Sports Zone restaurant, was completely renovated and all mechanical, electrical, plumbing and sprinkler infrastructure and related components were replaced.
Other structural modifications included new framing for floor openings to accommodate new escalators and extending of the mezzanine level.
The successful completion of inspections and related coordination with the project team has inspired the relationship between AK Engineering at H&M to include additional projects of similar size and scope at 589 Fifth Ave. and Herald Center.
WALDORF ASTORIA HOTEL
In 2012-2013, the world-renowned Waldorf Astoria renovated its public areas. AK Engineering was on site, conducting and coordinating all required inspections throughout the progression and completion of the work.
The first phase included revamping the hotel’s impressive 20,000-square-foot Park Avenue entrance. All finishes were restored; new mechanical, electrical and sprinkler components were installed, and a new marquee canopy with all related structural support was erected.
The second phase included renovation of a second-floor security office.
The project culminated with a challenging third phase, which included the complete renovation of the Waldorf’s unique 15,000-square-foot motor court and related valet areas that run below the building. The enclosed drive, designed for welcoming celebrities and dignitaries, was restored to its original scope of 1931, with a four-lane arrival venue befitting the hotel’s Art Deco design.
The structural floor slab was re-supported with new steel and structural concrete. All new mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), sprinkler and fire alarm components were completed to support the renovation.
AK Engineering special/progress inspection services also were administered for renovations of the hotel’s banquet-hall bathrooms and model guest rooms.
Launched in 2004, Tory Burch is an American lifestyle brand. A global business, the company operates more than 120 freestanding retail boutiques and a presence in more than 3,000 department and specialty stores. Toryburch.com, which launched in 2004, is the company’s biggest store and home to The Tory Blog, an online magazine with all original content.
AK Engineering has been conducting and coordinating all required inspections for the construction of Tory Burch’s new office in downtown Manhattan, which is nearing completion.
The scope of the project was the construction of an office space, which included private offices, open office space, as well as and other types of rooms.
Air-conditioning units, and all mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) and sprinkler components and infrastructure were newly installed.
The successful completion of the inspections and related coordination with the project team has helped AK Engineering establish a meaningful relationship with Tory Burch and led to an additional project of similar size and scope on West 19th Street.
W Hotels is a contemporary, design-led lifestyle brand and an innovator in the hospitality industry. When the W Hotel on Lexington Avenue underwent a complete overhaul of its heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) infrastructure, it depended upon the expertise of AK Engineering to perform all required inspections.
The scope of the project included the installation of new heat pumps in each guest room throughout 18 floors of the building. All new equipment was installed to accommodate the infrastructure work, which included new cooling towers, pumps, heat exchangers and related controls.
New rooftop equipment was supported on a new steel dunnage and catwalk system.
The fast-track project was completed in 20 weeks over several phases without interfering with the hotel’s operations.
AK Engineering kept pace with the project team and accommodated all necessary inspections throughout the duration of the work. The special/progress inspection firm has since completed two additional projects in the building with the same team, including the renovation of all American Disability Act (ADA)-compliant guest rooms and the remodeling of the living room portion of the hotel lobby.
AK Engineering was responsible for conducting and coordinating all required inspections for the creation of four floors of new office space for Clear Channel, completed this year.
The project involved an office build-out of the floors within a project scope that included structural modifications allowing for the comstruction of the entirely new office space, and a staircase connecting the floors.
All mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) and sprinkler infrastructure and related components were newly installed.
CHADBOURNE & PARKE
1301 Avenue of the Americas
The law firm of Chadbourne & Parke underwent construction of six floors at its international headquarters in Manhattan.
AK Engineering’s successful previous projects with Chadbourne & Parke and related coordination with the project team has led to AK conducting and coordinating all inspections that are required for the multi-floor renovation project.
This project, begun in early 2014, has been successfully completed and the space is now occupied.
The scope of the undertaking included the demolition, and construction of the six floors, which encompass more than 150,000 square feet of space. The new office area is equipped with brand new mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) and sprinkler components and infrastructure.