This large industrial property, formerly owned by the Whale Oil Company, is currently being redeveloped into commercial and retail space targeted at creative tenants. The new Whale Square will include tenant spaces on the upper floors and a new, modernized lobby with adjoining community space which will consist of retail stores, a lounge, and an indoor soccer facility.

Our team’s first task on this project was to ensure that the building meets life safety codes. Because the building is partially occupied throughout the repositioning process, we designed a phased install of the new MEP/FP infrastructure and services with the project team so that the building could remain in continuous operation during construction.

Once the repositioning is completed, tenants will be kept comfortable by a new air conditioning system serving the building. We also designed a new heating system consisting of modular gas-fired boilers at a central location. The technologically advanced building HVAC systems are all controlled by a web-based BMS system.

Our electrical team designed two new 4000A/480V ConEd services with vaults and an associated electrical service room on the second floor. The team provided new electrical infrastructure and distribution throughout the building which includes a centralized sub-metering system to monitor the use of hot water, electricity, and condenser water.

A new life safety generator, which uses diesel fuel oil, is located on the roof and is connected to a cellar fuel tank system. We designed the emergency electrical distribution, including risers, panels, and automatic transfer switches (ATS) as well as fuel oil transfer systems.