New York, NY

Vornado Realty Trust

Forest NY provided innovative electrical systems and installation for this project.

Value Delivered

Forest Electric New York (Forest NY) was the core-and-shell commercial electrical contractor for Vornado Realty Trust’s property at 731 Lexington Avenue.

Leveraging our extensive electrical expertise, large workforce, and knowledge of New York City’s working environment, we delivered innovative electrical systems, including high-profile exterior lighting, optimum tenant life safety and security systems, and responsive emergency power systems.

Our systems helped increase the client’s opportunities for profitability, allowing them to track operating costs and providing responsive emergency power systems.

Client Objectives

Vornado Realty Trust sought to expand their real estate portfolio with a 55-story mixed-use, luxury condominium tower, connected by a winter garden to an adjacent 11-story building.


Our scope of work included:

  • Copper bus installation from the utility network vault to six 6,000-ampere electrical power distribution panels
  • Conduit-and-wire feeders and bus ducts to branch panels throughout the building
  • Providing power and lighting systems for bathrooms, exit fixtures, and stairwells
  • Installation of:
    • Fire alarm systems
    • Main power for the facility’s retailers
    • Empty conduit for future tenant fit-outs
    • A sub-metering system that tracks both owner and tenant power usage
    • 11 automatic transfer switches which activate emergency generators in the event of power loss
  • Specialty lighting and controls systems, featuring:
    • Iconic tower illumination
    • Custom lobby lighting
    • Decorative in-ground and entrance-way architectural lighting
    • Specially-designed, computer-programmed courtyard theatre lighting system
  • Providing power for all mechanical equipment, such as:
    • Chillers
    • Cooling towers
    • Air conditioning-related pumps and motors

The electrical power systems installation required careful planning to coordinate the base building emergency equipment with the primary tenant’s redundant systems.

Client Background

Vornado Realty Trust is a fully-integrated real estate development trust, and one of the largest owners and managers of real estate in the U.S.