30 Hudson Yards project scoops Global Innovator's Award

The 30 Hudson Yards project was awarded the H. Bruce Russell Global Innovator's Award (GIA) at CoreNet’s 2019 Global Summit Recognition Dinner in Anaheim, California.

As part of the project team, we competed alongside WarnerMedia and were one of eight finalists from a total of 105 submissions across the globe.

In 2012, we were retained by WarnerMedia as its project and cost manager for the design and construction of its new corporate headquarters. Over the past seven years, we’ve worked closely with WarnerMedia’s in-house real estate team leading, managing and coordinating the delivery of this iconic project.

North America Managing Director John Robbins said:

Working alongside WarnerMedia to develop a transformative workplace and smart building environment on a project that is literally helping reshape the Manhattan skyline was a remarkable opportunity for Turner & Townsend.

He added: “CoreNet’s recognition of this achievement and our partnership with WarnerMedia is truly humbling.”

The 1.4-million-square-foot project started as WarnerMedia evaluated its New York City real estate portfolio, which included leased and owned space across seven buildings in Manhattan, totalling two million square feet and housing more than 5,000 people.

After analysing many options, WarnerMedia decided to consolidate into a new single headquarters at 30 Hudson Yards, as developed by The Related Companies and Oxford Properties, with WarnerMedia in the role of JV partner and initial co-owner of the building. The key objectives for the consolidation were to become more cost efficient with its occupancy, while providing great space under a single roof for WarnerMedia’s employees and individual businesses.

“The delivery of our 30 Hudson Yards headquarters marks the successful completion of a seven-year journey to deliver innovative, best-in-class workplaces to enable our industry’s best talent. We are proud to have won this year’s Global Innovator’s Award because it recognises the hard work of a talented team that enabled us to deliver both a project of massive scale and a step change in the way we design and operate our real estate,” said Joel Brenner, Vice President of WarnerMedia.

The tower is the new headquarters of WarnerMedia, which is sweeping together its diverse brands, including HBO, CNN, TNT, TBS, and Warner Bros., under one roof. As a result, the interior fit out of 30 Hudson Yards is one of the largest that New York has ever seen.

“Our challenge was to design a building that would not be obsolete in six years when we planned to move in. Planning for our smart building required an innovative mindset to translate over 200,000 points of operational data into tangible actions – this is a journey – not a destination,” said Steve Lefkowitz, Vice President of WarnerMedia.

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