Hotel Gansevoort, 18 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY
Levine Builders served as general contractor for the construction of the first luxury hotel in the Meatpacking district. The Hotel Gansevoort is a freestanding building of striking zinc-colored metal panels on a poured-in-place concrete superstructure, glass-sheathed Juliet balconies, and projecting bay windows that enliven the modern exterior while forming the focal point of guest room interiors. This 13-floor hotel consists of 187 guest rooms, including 20 corner suites and a duplex Penthouse Suite; all guestrooms have nine-foot ceilings and feature bay windows that lend themselves to inspired interior room configurations and include seating areas within the curve of the window. One-third of the guest rooms have balconies and two corner suites on each floor have a living room and bedroom, with an available adjoining guest room.
Designed to complement the area’s stylish restaurants and boutiques, the hotel’s ground floor entrance on cobble-stoned Ninth Avenue features internally illuminated glass columns and a 14-foot high revolving door. The glass columns, with their ever-changing colors, create the illusion that the building is supported by light. Recalling the canopies of early 20th century meat-packing buildings, the hotel’s canopy wraps around the corner of Ninth Avenue and 13th Street.
Lighting plays an important role in all areas of the hotel, from lobby ceiling lights which move up and down to create moods that vary with the time of day, to computer-controlled lights behind the glass walls of the mezzanine which effect choreographed color change, to colored-glass bathroom doors illuminated from within.
The Hotel Gansevoort’s rooftop design features a contemporary roof garden and hospitality suite with soaring 20-foot ceilings offering breathtaking city views in three directions. A 45-foot, year-round outdoor swimming pool with underwater music anchors the roof’s other side. The hotel, completed in 2004, received the Design Award of Special Recognition from the Society of American Registered Architects.
The Library Hotel, 299 Madison Avenue, New York, NY
The 87-year-old, 12-story office building located at 299 Madison Avenue, in the heart of midtown Manhattan, stood vacant for the last five years. Levine Builders provided construction management services responsible for its transformation into ‘The Library’, a 60-room boutique hotel.
The project included aspects of both preservation and new construction, and received a Design Award of Merit from the Society of American Registered Architects. The Madison Avenue brick and terra cotta façade and copper-clad bay windows were restored to their original splendor in order to preserve the turn-of-the-century architectural features. The façade of the newly created restaurant on the ground level was built to match. A two-story, structural steel penthouse was built on the rooftop providing public space, a greenhouse and an outdoor terrace. The interior received a gut renovation and conversion from office space to hospitality, outdated MEP systems and elevators were replaced.
Working within the tight quarters of the narrow 25-foot by 90-foot footprint of the building, coupled with the busy intersection of Madison Avenue and 41st Street, staging and logistics played a crucial role in the success of this project.
The Sutton Hotel, 330 East 56th Street, New York, NY
Levine Builders provided construction management services for the gut rehabiltation of this 17-story vacant building located on Manhattan's East Side. The 64-year old building was transformed into a residence hotel intended for stays of a month or more. Featuring 84 apartments, ranging in size from studios to two bedroom units, all units have full kitchens and dining areas, upper floor units have terraces, balconies or solariums. The scope of work also included the installation of all new mechanical systems, as well as the creation of a 6,000 square foot lower level health club for residents.
Wall Street Kitchen and Bar, 70 Broad Street, New York, NY
Located in the historic Wall Street District in Manhattan, this was the former headquarters of The American Bank Note Company and has been fully restored to its original structure. A dramatic multi-level interior design featurees a circular second floor balcony seating in excess of 200 diners.