DNB at Hudson Yards: Using Workplace Technology to Support Design & Construction
Norway’s largest financial services group, DNB, sought to create a dynamic workplace that prioritizes employees, represents the company’s culture and brand, and supports collaboration. Teaming with Turner & Townsend and architect M Moser Associates, Structure Tone built DNB a 20,000sf space at Hudson Yards that integrates company history with advanced technology in a comfortable, engaging environment that offers stunning views of New York City and the Hudson River.
WORKPLACE CONSTRUCTION: UTILIZING LOD 500
Construction of this space offered DNB, a 200-year-old institution, an opportunity to transition into a more digitally oriented, dynamic, and forward-thinking organization. The Norwegian financial group used a cutting-edge workplace strategy to identify and meet project objectives, while also designing for the future and potential expansion and growth.
One of DNB’s construction requirements was meeting Level of Development (LOD) 500 standards, the highest building information modeling (BIM) criteria. The team used BIM technology during preconstruction and the construction phase to reduce risk, improve efficiencies, provide an accurate as-built digital record, and create an asset information model—all of which will assist DNB’s facilities and maintenance group in the future. The team also used this fully organized BIM model for the ductwork fabrication, a challenging process due to the incredible amount of ductwork that had to be integrated into the specialty ceilings. This allowed them to stay ahead of the coordination process and keep the ceiling construction as smooth as possible.
“This was the first time Structure Tone completed a project using LOD 500. We basically created a ‘smart’ as-built model of the floor. For example, when you’re in the model and hover over a fan power box, the cut sheet info for that unit will be displayed in real time. And once construction is complete, it’s incredibly helpful to leave the client with the model, instead of a close-out binder.”
WORKPLACE DESIGN: SCANDINAVIAN INFLUENCES
Building off a design by M Moser, the Structure Tone team created a workplace for DNB that reflects the company’s brand and identity through materials inspired by its homeland. Wood tones and deep greens and blues represent Norway’s natural landscape. One of the most unique areas of the space is the reception lobby, the construction of which was inspired by early Viking ships. Brady and her team lined the floors, walls, and ceilings with Italian millwork to mimic the inside of an upside-down ship.
Two other spaces also highlight the office’s Scandinavian influence. In the main hallway is a custom light fixture that is programmed and designed to mimic the Northern Lights. And in the northwest corner is a touchdown room known as The Lookout. It overlooks the Hudson River and features curved millwork and a curved banquette seating area.
“The Lookout was a really cool space to build,” Brady describes. “The room doesn’t have any A/V, but with the specialty furniture and panoramic views, it’s a neat place for DNB employees to have a quick chat or bring in their laptops.”
DNB’s office in Hudson Yards is not only beautiful to look at, but also interconnected through a community workplace app designed by M Moser’s in-house digital team. The platform acts as a central location for DNB employees to book conference rooms, locate colleagues, and build social connections, all from their phones. Key technology also includes wireless connectivity, building systems, networks, and sensors.
Using advanced technology, a unique design, and cutting-edge construction, DNB’s office balances the demands of its business and the needs of its people. The workplace offers flexible environments, with an emphasis on sustainability and wellness, ultimately guiding the project to LEED Gold and WELL Platinum Certification.
Location: New York, NY
Architect: M Moser Associates
Owner’s Rep: Turner & Townsend
Certifications: LEED Gold/WELL Platinum