LocationHudson Square/Soho West New York, NY
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WeWork needed a more integrated HVAC solution that could deliver more effective temperature control based on individual tenant needs without compromising the open design of the new space or adding to office noise levels.
A pioneer in the design, construction and management of coworking office space for small businesses and startups, WeWork provides boutique office space, shared and collaborative workspaces and unique services to small business communities in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Since launching in 2009, WeWork has quickly grown from an innovative concept to one of the premier providers of cutting-edge start-up communities to these key markets. With eight buildings and over 5000 members in 2013, WeWork continues to build great spaces that empower startups and connect small businesses to one another.
Unique Building Retrofit Poses HVAC Challenge
Establishing WeWork collaborative work environments often involves retrofits of existing buildings. In 2012, WeWork identified a 75,000 square foot space in New York’s up and coming Hudson Square/Soho West nighborhood to renovate for shared office space, in addition to housing WeWork Labs, the company’s networking and support organization for start-ups. The project involved the careful renovation of a historic 10-story building located at 175 Varick Street, originally constructed in 1927. One of the key components of the retrofit was replacing an out-dated HVAC system comprised of self-contained vertical units on each floor of the building, including a maintenance room required to operate the system.
“The previous HVAC system was not only loud and inefficient, but also took up valuable floor space,” said WeWork’s Head of Communications, Karly Venuto. “We realized fairly quickly that we needed a more integrated HVAC solution that could deliver more effective temperature control based on individual tenant needs without compromising the open design of the new space or adding to office noise levels.”
In collaboration with mechanical engineers at Guth DeConzo Consulting Engineer PC, the WeWork construction team determined that a Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system was the best solution to satisfy these goals, while working within the constraints of the building’s historic architecture and construction.
“The best HVAC solution for WeWork’s Varick Street location was undoubtedly a single system that could provide zoned temperature control to work spaces of varying sizes without a lot of ductwork or taking up existing floor space,” said Matt DeConzo, principle of Guth DeConzo Consulting Engineer, PC, “We knew that we wanted to install a roof-top VRF system, however, given limited roof space for condensing units and extreme piping lengths required to reach each floor, we faced some significant challenges.”
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