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Xylem, Inc. - STO Building Group
Structure Tone is a global leader in construction management and general contracting services with offices located in the US, UK, and Ireland. Founded in 1971, the company is among the world’s top twenty construction companies worldwide, responsible for more than $3.5B in annual construction volume.
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As a water technology provider, Xylem understands the importance of sustaining our planet’s natural resources. When time came to relocate their Rye Brook, New York headquarters, Xylem seized the opportunity to also upgrade their workplace to a sustainable, LEED Gold certified space.

The new, 57,000sf offices blend open working space and private offices with such features as high-tech conference rooms, breakout areas and a product showcase space. Tones of white, blue and green flow through the entire space, echoing the company’s water-based mission and products, including full-wall artwork highlighting company processes and other imagery. The fit-out work also included upgrading the interior and infrastructure to meet LEED Gold certification standards, from updates to the HVAC system for indoor air quality to using sustainable and regionally sourced building materials.

Charged with fitting out the two-story space in just 14 weeks and within a firm budget, the Pavarini Northeast team worked with Xylem and the design team to determine the best way to meet the vision of the space within those constraints. For example, the glass specified for the “floating” central staircase was a potential budget-breaker. The team was able to find a less expensive structural glass that still helped Xylem achieve the look they were going for.

The team put their value engineering skills to work on the lighting package, HVAC units and the unique ceiling as well. By working with the designers on the preliminary drawings, they were able to come in under budget for these features.

Scheduling also became a challenge due to an eight-week delay in getting a building permit. The project team used the delay to their advantage. They ordered all the materials and equipment and organized the exact sequence of events so everything was ready to go as soon as the permit came through.

That preconstruction organization paid off when it came time to build the staircase. Understanding that they were working on a post-tensioned slab, the team purposely allotted extra time to cut the staircase slab openings. It took a lot of upfront work to determine where the cables were, and then the actual cutting process required near surgical precision. Again, the preconstruc­tion team helped keep things on the right track, finding the subs with the right experience in that type of work.

As a result, Xylem now has a modern, sustainable workplace that helps the company continue to serve its customers and communities across the globe.


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Xylem, Inc.


Rye Brook, NY




Amenta/Emma Architects

Project Engineer


Owner's rep


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Best Tenant Fit-out Award, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)

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