731 Lexington Avenue, NEW YORK, NY
Electrical Systems Installation Services
FOREST ELECTRIC VALUE DELIVERED
Innovative, high-performance electrical systems; dynamic, high-profile exterior lighting systems; optimum tenant life safety and security systems, reliable electrical backup capabilities, future growth potential, advanced ability to track operating costs, responsive emergency power systems, increased revenue and profitability opportunities.
To expand its real estate portfolio with a 55-story mixed-use/luxury condominium tower connected by a winter garden to an adjacent 11-story building.
ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS INSTALLATION SOLUTIONS
Backed by its extensive commercial electrical construction expertise, large workforce and knowledge of the New York City working environment, Forest Electric acted as this facility’s core-and-shell commercial electrical contractor. The scope of work included installing copper bus from the utility network vault to six 6,000 ampere electrical power distribution panels. The firm then ran conduit-and-wire feeders and bus ducts to branch panels throughout the building.
In addition to providing power and lighting systems for bathrooms, exit fixtures and stairwells, the company delivered power for all mechanical equipment, such as chillers, cooling towers and air conditioning-related pumps and motors. Other electrical systems installation features consisted of a fire alarm system, main power for the facility’s retailers, empty conduit for future tenant fit outs, and a sub-metering system that allows the owner to track both its own and tenants’ power usage.
One of this project’s more unique features was the specialty lighting and controls systems. These included iconic tower illumination, custom lobby lighting, decorative in-ground and entrance-way architectural lighting, and a specially designed theatre lighting system in the courtyard that is computer-programmed to perform in dramatic sequences tailored for various occasions.
Forest Electric’s assignment also included installing power equipment designed to alleviate backup and emergency power concerns. A 1,500 kilowatt emergency electrical generator handles base building emergency loads for the fire alarm system, emergency lighting system, manual and automatic fire pumps, and elevators, while a 750-kilowatt generator meets the needs of tenant critical loads, such as those for computer backup systems.
Furthermore, in the event of a power loss, 11 automatic transfer switches help maintain the building’s power by activating the emergency generators until power is restored. This electrical power systems installation required careful planning since the company had to coordinate the base building emergency equipment with the primary tenant’s redundant systems.
A fully integrated real estate investment trust (REIT), Vornado is one of the largest owners and managers of real estate in the United States with a portfolio over 100 million square feet in its major platforms, which include New York City Office; Washington, DC Office; Retail Properties and Merchandise Mart. The firm’s property at 731 Lexington Avenue houses the headquarters of Bloomberg L.P. In addition to Bloomberg, the lower floors house various retailers, including Home Depot, which has below-grade space covering an entire city block. The upper floors consist of luxury condominiums. The 806 foot building is the 14th tallest in New York and the 42nd tallest in the United States.