JLL oversees renovations at 19 West 44th Street

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JLL team spearheaded a comprehensive capital improvement program for Deka Immobilien GmbH, including extensive lobby, elevator and infrastructure upgrades


Newly renovated lobby, The Berkeley Building, 19 West 44th Street

Over the past 18 months, JLL spearheaded a comprehensive capital improvement program at The Berkeley Building, 19 West 44th Street, on behalf of Deka Immobilien GmbH. The building owner renovated the lobby and common corridors, modernized the elevators and upgraded the infrastructure of the 292,968-square-foot commercial office building.

The JLL team handling the property management assignment is led Matt Duthie, managing director, with Matthew Kirby-Smith serving as general manager of the building. Project management services were overseen by Michael Chionchio, managing director, along with Joseph Buxbaum and Shannon Ford. The group worked closely with Real Estate Capital Partners, which serves as the asset manager of the building for Deka Immobilien.

“This was a complex and multi-faceted capital improvement campaign designed to transform the overall efficiency and aesthetics of The Berkeley Building,” said Kirby-Smith. “We’re particularly excited about the completion of the lobby renovation and the upcoming elevator modernization. These two efforts will truly enhance the everyday experience of tenants and visitors to the building.”

The lobby renovation included the addition of a new exhibit of historic images from the early to mid-20th Century, set in glass panels, to the arcade-style lobby, as well as a new reception desk, enhanced lighting and stone finishes. The design and architectural finishes were developed by Kahn Architecture & Design P.C., with Vanguard Construction & Development Co. Inc. serving as general contractor. The elevator modernization effort, led by Nouveau Elevator Industries Inc., will involve installation of a state-of-the-art destination dispatch elevator system.

In addition to the lobby and elevator modernization efforts, JLL oversaw a number of additional capital projects that included:

  • Design and construction of six pre-built office suites
  • Common corridor and restroom renovations
  • Installation of a new sprinkler infrastructure riser
  • Local Law 11 façade project
  • Roof replacement
  • Electrical riser upgrade