Nothing lasts forever, which couldn't be more true in regards to building codes. Today, the Ford Foundation announced two-year renovation plans for this very reason. Starting in September, the 48-year-old landmark building will be treated by Washington, D.C.-based firm Gensler to modernize its building amenities. The $190 million renovation aims to open up and reassemble the interiors, while staying true to the main design of architects Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo. Custom furniture by architect and interior designer Warren Platner and modernist power couple Charles and Ray Eames will also be preserved.
Essential life-saving features, such as sprinklers or a smoke exhaust system in the enclosed atrium, are missing from the 10-story Manhattan building, which was not a part of 1968 building codes. New York City officials have given the foundation until 2019 to update these areas. During renovations, 375 employees will be moved to an off-site location at 1440 Broadway, near Bryant Park.
Aside from these rehabilitations, the 2,535-square-foot presidential suite will also be downsized, because it does not meet the current company culture, according to Darren Walker, the Ford Foundation's president. The designers will instead move to more communal areas, such as an art gallery, a visitors’ center, and an assembly space.
To read more about this project, head over to The New York Times.
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