UJA - Federation of New York |
The UJA had operated out of two buildings; the original built in the 1954 and an extension (1984). The buildings were poorly maintained; the facades were constructed utilizing white-glazed brick that was delaminating. Levien & Company assisted the board and its financial consultants with extensive analysis on whether to sell the buildings and move into a rental at another location or remain in place. After a 9-month study Levien and the UJA internal team determined that the building should be renovated.
The project scope of this 340,000 SF facility included: replacement of brick façade with a new glass and metal curtain wall system; renovation of office spaces, ballroom and conference facilities; installation of new mechanical, electrical, data and fire alarm systems; and upgrades to the elevators, lobby, and base building infrastructure. The project was sequenced in a phased manner to keep 400 staff members working during the renovation. This was accomplished by maintaining the upper half of the building systems in occupancy while reconstructing the other half and then reversing. Levien & Company spent nearly six months negotiating a strict phased-bid contract with penalties and performance bonuses based on meeting dates and cost goals with the contractor. The project was completed on schedule with most incentives awarded to the construction manager. The UJA now occupies two-thirds of the building with the balance being rented to other tenants.