In this episode, Cherise is joined by William Mandara Jr., AIA, CEO and Co-Owner at Mancini Duffy, a national full-service design firm with a 100+-year-old history and tech-forward approach. Bill heads the New York architecture studio of Mancini Duffy, where he spends his time leading much of their efforts in new building design and the adaptive reuse of existing buildings. Bill shares his lessons learned from working on 125 West 25th Street, an adaptive reuse project where Mancini Duffy repurposed an industrial warehouse building into a modernized, multi-use, Class A office building for tenants with forward-thinking businesses.
The 140,000 square foot building was modernized across all 12 floors. The façade was completely refreshed to include new windows, the lower three floors engage the street front with floor‑to‑ceiling glazing, upper‑story windows were replaced from small double hung units to full-size warehouse-style casement windows that give the entire building a fresh, contemporary look while taking the building’s industrial past into account, and a new inviting lobby welcomes tenants and visitors. To see project photos and details discussed, visit arcat.com/podcast
This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - the existing building was actively occupied under the "interim multiple dwelling program" and required relocation of the tenants, the existing overbuilt condition of the building provided an opportunity for prime leasable square footage, the vintage of the building required extensive structural retrofit, and much more.