Robert Derector Associates: Condé Nast Publications

New construction of an office building


Figure 1: When Conde Nast made the decision to relocate their corporate headquarters from mid-town Manhattan to the 1 World Trade Center, they commissioned their engineering partner Robert Derector Associates to provide them with Mechanical, Electrical and IT engineering. Courtesy: Evan Faulkenberry, Robert Derector AssociatesEngineering firm: Robert Derector Associates
2015 MEP Giants rank: 35
Project: Condé Nast Publications
Address: New York City, United States
Building type: Office building
Project type: New construction
Engineering services: Commissioning, retro-commissioning; Electrical, power; Fire, life safety; HVAC, mechanical; Plumbing, piping
Project timeline: 1/5/2011 to 5/29/2015
MEP/FP budget: Classified


Robert Derector Associates (RDA) assisted Condé Nast with lease negotiations in their game-changing corporate headquarters relocation to One World Trade Center. Highlights of the project included a world-class kitchen, servery and cafeteria, magazine kitchens, test kitchens with private dining, multipurpose rooms, and a conference center. RDA worked closely with the building owner Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to streamline their detailed on-site review process for this 25-floor project while maintaining the project schedule. The project is being designed to achieve U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold certification.


Integrating the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) design amongst various private and public entities, resulting in an extraordinary headquarters for the anchor tenant in the most high-profile office building in the world.

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