Studios Archtecture retained to create vertical campus at Starrett-Lehigh Building


RXR Realty has retained STUDIO Architecture to create a
“vertical campus” at the Starrett-Lehigh Building in West Chelsea .

The company has also named CBRE as the exclusive leasing
agents for the property, which occupies a full city block between 11th and 12th
Avenues and 26th and 27th Streets, with 2.3 million square feet of office and
retail space.

Since acquiring the building in 2011, RXR has renovated much
of the building from the inside out with new elevators, mechanicals and HVAC
systems, and a replacement of 5,000 iconic ribbon-style windows that equal approximately
five miles of glass.

The building has also introduced a campus-like culture with programming, food & beverage upgrades and tenant engagement that cultivates a community feeling while benefiting the workplace tenants and the community at large.

Notable tenants include Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Martha Stewart, Justworks, Under Armour and the Centre for Social Innovation.

William Elder, RXR Realty Executive Vice President and
Managing Director of New York City Leasing, said the next phase is to knit the
property together as a complete campus.

“Over the last several years, we have been strategically
developing a plan to assemble larger blocks of space in the asset, which are
highly desirable to our target tenant audience,” said Elder.

“Now, having executed on that plan, and in conjunction with the elevated tenant offerings, and additional capital improvements, we thought it was the perfect time to bring CBRE on board to assist us in targeted tenant engagements. We’re excited to see how STUDIOS design will piece the community spaces together and foster a collaborative ecosystem.”

Currently, the building’s ground floor includes a 13,000 s/f
of food hall/marketplace curated by the hospitality team from Chicago, 16” on
Center. Additionally, 6,000 to 18,000 s/f of flexible entertainment and event
space has been added as well as a restaurant space helmed by Marcus Samuelson.
A host of arts programming is also set to be announced in the coming months.

The CBRE team includes Mary Ann Tighe, Sacha Zarba, Jeff
Fischer, Evan Haskell, Joseph D’Apice, Ben Joseph and Hayden Pascal.

“There are many tenants who have a special affinity with
this pocket of West Chelsea and the Starrett-Lehigh building is the
neighborhood’s crown jewel. The workplace has clearly evolved and continues to
do so in today’s environment. We believe that Starrett-Lehigh will be the
perfect match for companies that genuinely promote an all-encompassing
workplace experience,” said Zarba.

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