For half a century, Structure Tone has played a major role in shaping cities throughout North America, Europe, and as far as the Pacific Rim. What began as a small, New York City construction business in the 1970s has grown into one of the country’s premiere interior and renovation construction firms. From winning our very first fit-out for Simplicity Patterns/Velcro at 200 Madison in Midtown, ManhattanGo to https://stobuildinggroup.com/structuretone-ny/, to opening offices and taking on iconic projects across the US, Canada, UK, and Ireland, we’ve come a long way in the last 50 yearsGo to https://indd.adobe.com/view/29a3fe05-9b5b-46de-8903-0980d8aff47c.
It’s easy to do something for this long when you love what you do. We’ve been building amazing spaces for our clients for 50 years and it’s still just as rewarding as when we started. Throughout 2021, we reflected on some of the moments that helped us get to where we are today—from our most exciting project wins and challenging jobs to a few of our favorite memories from across the decades. Join us here to learn more about our story.
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2021 marks Structure Tone’s 50th year in business! Join us as we continue our walk down memory lane and salute how far we’ve come, including the release of the first episode in our special oral history podcast series. Happy anniversary, Structure Tone!
ORAL HISTORY PODCAST
EPISODE 1: The Beginning
2021 marks Structure Tone’s 50th year in business! Join us as we continue to celebrate how far we’ve come through a special oral history podcast series. Today we are honored to share the reflections of company founder, Patrick Donaghy. Listen in on how the company came to be, what’s behind our client-first approach, and some funny stories along the way.
EPISODE 2: Creating a Family Culture
In episode two, we’re honored to share a special appearance from the legendary leader of operations, John White Sr., as well as stories about growing up in the business from several members of the company’s executive leadership team: STO Building Group’s Executive Chairman, Jim Donaghy, Structure Tone’s Regional COO, John White Jr., and STO Building Group’s EVP of Client Relations, Eugene White.
EPISODE 3: Building in the ’80s & ’90s
From pagers and payphones to physical change orders, building in the 1980s was certainly different! Tune in to Episode 3 of Structure Tone’s 50th Anniversary Oral History series to hear current and former tenured employees recall the energetic atmosphere of building in the ‘80s and ‘90s, some groundbreaking project wins for Structure Tone, and the fun memories made along the way.
EPISODE 4: Era of Expansion
By the 1980s, Structure Tone leaders began considering opportunities outside of New York City—but growth for the sake of growth wasn’t exactly the plan. Tune in to Episode 4 of Structure Tone’s 50th Anniversary Oral History series to hear our regional leaders reflect on what drove this exciting era of expansion.
EPISODE 5: Building Relationships in the ’90s and ’00s
In the 1990s and 2000s, Structure Tone was growing so quickly that the company’s office space could hardly keep up! From welcoming a handful of new faces to winning the iconic MetLife project, tune in to Episode 5 of Structure Tone’s 50th Anniversary Oral History series to learn more about this transformational period for the business.
EPISODE 6: Rebuilding after 9/11
It’s been 21 years since the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. We lost a number of friends, clients, family members, and partners, as well as three of our own—Brendan Lang, Anthony Peluso, and Kieran Gorman. In their memory, Episode 6 of Structure Tone’s 50th Anniversary Oral History series features a number of our long-time New York employees remembering their experiences that day, the people we lost, and our company’s role in recovery and rebuilding.
2021 marked Structure Tone’s 50th year in business! We hope you’ve enjoyed celebrating this major milestone with us, including walks down memory lane and the release of our special oral history podcast series. Stay tuned as we continue the celebration in 2022 – happy anniversary, Structure Tone!
Our project for the EDITION involved the conversion and extensive renovation of the former 41-story MetLife landmark office building, also known as the Clocktower, into a 273-room branded boutique hotel. This 250,000sf, LEED Silver project was completed in 2015 and was the third time Structure Tone New York renovated One Madison Square.
Giving new meaning to the classic carol “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”! Several members of Structure Tone New York donate their time and professional skills to support Make-A-Wish Real Estate Council. We are honored to partner with @makeawishmetrony and look forward to bringing many more construction wishes to life, both this holiday season and all year long!
Season’s Greetings! Head to Macy’s Herald Square for all your holiday shopping needs. For over 10 years, Structure Tone has managed renovation projects for this famous NYC landmark, proudly winning Best Store Design of the Year from design:retail in 2014.
Every year around this time, Structure Tone offices host Holiday Toy Drives benefitting a variety of charitable causes. Last year, Structure Tone NY donated 111 toys, a value totaling over $2,000, to HELP USA. Giving back to our communities is always an important part of our end-of-year celebrations.
Our Philadelphia office opened in 2006. In addition to having an extensive understanding of all types of markets, construction trends & innovations, Regional Vice President Dermid Kelly is active in supporting community institutions like @thephillypops.
In November 2019, STOBG celebrated its first Corporate Compliance & Ethics Week to highlight the importance of compliance and ethics, increase employee awareness and engagement, and showcase our program internally and externally. We’re proud and honored to have such amazing employees.
Like Structure Tone, the TCS New York City Marathon is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! The 2021 NYC Marathon will commemorate the race’s 50th running with runners from all over the world participating both in person and virtually. Participants can see many of our projects as they make their way through the five boroughs.
Structure Tone’s Dublin office was established in 1995. With 120 professionals on staff, Structure Tone Dublin specializes in commercial office fit-outs, mission critical and data centres, building refurbishment and repositioning, infrastructure upgrades, and sustainability and healthcare projects.
Since the founding of Ronald McDonald House New York in 1979, it has provided a “home away from home” for over 30,000 families. Our NY team managed the expansion of RMH NY’s facilities on the Upper West Side. It was our honor to keep the children and families living there safe while we upgraded the facility.
There’s a lively vibe at 299 Park Avenue, Fisher Brothers’ 44-story office tower between East 48th and 49th Streets. Structure Tone New York managed the 10,000sf lobby and plaza renovation, building on Fisher Brothers’ hospitality-infused approach and executing Rockwell Group’s design to create a bright, convivial tenant space with hotel-like quality and high-end finishes.
Structure Tone has been a part of London’s incredible community for over 30 years! In 2018, Structure Tone’s London office celebrated 30 years of innovation, collaboration, community, and, of course, building amazing spaces!
For the past several years, we’ve hosted groups of Explorers for six weeks each spring and fall, teaching them the ins and outs of the construction industry, like how to read blueprints, prepare a budget, and make presentations.
In 2019, the Frank G. Zarb School of Business settled into its new home, a 52,000sf building with state-of-the-art features, including a Behavioral Research in Business Lab, a new Center for Entrepreneurship, start-up incubator, and designated spaces for student clubs.
For the past 20 Septembers, New Yorkers have made their way from the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel to the World Trade Center in the tunnels to towers 5K to honor the heroes who lost their lives on 9/11. Our Structure Tone NYC team runs to honor Brendan Lang, Anthony Peluso, and Kieran Gorman, the Structure Tone employees lost that day.
Hidden below the historic landmark, Grace Church is a 13,000sf, two-story, state-of-the-art gym, including a full basketball court and rock-climbing wall, built for the school by Structure Tone in 2009.
Prudential has been one of Structure Tone New Jersey’s most valued clients since the late ’80s. In 2001, STNJ renovated Dryden Hall for Prudential for the first time and recently re-renovated it in 2021.
We’re proud to recognize the Warner Media Group team on winning Corenet Global’s 2019 Global Innovator’s Award!
At Structure Tone, we know every project is different. We make sure to tailor each project to exactly what our client needs. For Boston Consulting Group, we built a space that was flexible and collaborative, but also state-of-the-art and budget-friendly.
Several times a year, a group of Structure Tone New Yorkers serve a hot dinner at a local food bank in Harlem. A big thank you to these volunteers, and all of our employees who organize charity events, participate in fundraisers, and give back to their communities all year long!
Since 1985, Structure Tone Boston has been leading the market in tenant interiors. From well-established global financial firms to fast-rising tech and life science companies, we provide our clients with the expertise needed to take on any construction challenge.
Happy 30th anniversary season to the Signature Theatre! Founded in 1991 by James Houghton and designed by Frank Gehry Architects, The Signature Theatre was renovated by Structure Tone in 2012.
Right now, healthcare construction is more important than ever. At LFDH, we see healthcare construction as more than just building. It’s about creating the specialized facilities that help healthcare workers provide the best possible care.
One of the nation’s leading trial firms, McKool Smith became the first tenant in One Manhattan West, a recently completed skyscraper in the 5.4Msf mixed-use development by Brookfield Properties.
Since 1977, Structure Tone Southwest has been providing a complete scope of services ranging from site selection analysis and design constructability review to corporate interior fit-outs and new out-of-the-ground construction.
In 2019, ST offices around the globe celebrated the organization’s first Safety Day, a day spent reaffirming our commitment to enhancing our Safety 360 initiative and safety culture.
It’s been five years since we moved our global headquarters to 330 West 34th Street.
1971: IBM hired Structure Tone for a project in Garden City, NY—the company’s first Fortune 500 client.
Every June, Structure Tone heads to Belmont Park for the annual MS Day at the Races. Members of the AEC industry come together to have fun and raise money to fight Multiple Sclerosis.
1986: Structure Tone expanded its services in order to complete the base building and interior construction of JPMorgan’s 1.3Msf space at 60 Wall Street in NYC.
Over the years, Structure Tone NY runners have taken part in the JPMorgan Corporate Challenge 3.5 mile run in Central Park.
Boies Schiller Flexner’s new HQ is a flexible and dynamic workspace that encourages communication and collaboration, yet also allows for privacy.
Founded in 1896 with a long history spanning 125 years, Pavarini North East Construction became an integral member of STOBG in 1996.
BNY Mellon has been a repeat client for over five years and Structure Tone New York has completed fit-outs for them at 101 Barclay Street and 240 Greenwich Street.
Built by Structure Tone NY in 2019, the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog preserves, interprets and celebrates the role of dogs in society and educates the public about the human-canine bond through its collection of art and interactive exhibits.
In honor of Earth Day, check out our NYC, Boston, and Woodbridge offices’ efforts over the years to clean up the East Coast! Here’s to creating a greener and more sustainable future.
Structure Tone may have been born in NYC, but we’ve since spread our wings across the U.S. and abroad. Keep an eye on our social media accounts for upcoming moments celebrating each of these locations!
Structure Tone gets pumped for cycle for survival events, raising money for rare cancer research. In 2019, our team brought in nearly $9,000 to support this great cause!
Going once, going twice, sold! In 2019, we led the construction of Sothebys’ renovated HQ, which features 40 dynamic galleries of varying size and purpose to meet every client’s needs.
Walk up Fifth Avenue six blocks from last week’s spotlight, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and you’ll hit one of Structure Tone’s most luxurious projects in progress, Tiffany and Co.’s flagship store.
We’re highlighting one of Structure Tone’s most iconic projects — the restoration of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue.
Here’s a throwback to 10 years ago and our 40th anniversary party at Cipriani downtown. Looking forward to our next celebration!
Let’s kick off Women’s History Month with our eighth moment by recognizing one of our newest affinity groups, STOWIC!
One of the cornerstones of our business is giving our clients one-of-a-kind headquarters. We love bringing our clients’ visions to life, especially in their center of operations.
Structure Tone loves to participate in America Heart runs in Downtown NYC. Here’s to exercising our hearts and supporting heart health every day.
Another week, another HQ. In 2004, Bank of America hired Structure Tone to build its 1.63M sf LEED Gold headquarters – a new building with a complex UFAD design.
With the start of Black History Month, Structure Tone would like to honor Alvin Ailey whose modern dance company is celebrated across the globe for its interpretation of the beauty and humanity of African American heritage.
For over 10 years, Structure Tone teams have climbed the 66 flights to the Top of the Rock. The vertical 5K benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and their mission to support people affected by MS.
Midtown is where it all began. In 1971, Structure Tone was awarded its first project for Simplicity Patterns/Velcro at 200 Madison Avenue. Did you know that 200 Madison was built in 1926 by architect Warren & Wetmore?
ST turns 50! This year, we’re celebrating half a century of Structure Tone. Congrats to our offices in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. We’ll be celebrating the big 5-0 all year, so stay tuned for more gratitude to our clients, memories, pictures, events, and more!
Travel back in time with these songs as you read through our history!