Spector Group earned three 2011 “Archi Awards” from the Long Island chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The annual awards ceremony, which celebrates excellence in design, was held at Oheka Castle, in Huntington, Long Island, on October 19.
“We are honored to be recognized for diverse work done on behalf of three very diverse clients,” says Spector Group Principal Scott E. Spector, AIA. “These projects showcase Spector Group’s ability to successfully meet a wide range of design requirements.”
“We are grateful and excited to partner with our clients, putting our expertise to work in creating fresh, sophisticated , productive environments that people are finding fun and exciting to work in,” says Principal Marc B. Spector, AIA, NCARB.
Spector’s award-winning New York City and Long Island projects include:
Interior Design: Forrest Solutions Group (FSG) – Spector Group was hired to design a new, 20,000 square-foot headquarters space for FSG in Manhattan. The pre-war property’s customized space serves as the “face” of FSG’s rebranding effort, and features innovative touches to convey the building’s original industrial look, including illuminated glass partitions integrating FSG’s new logos, slogans and color schemes; an “imaginarium” boardroom equipped with leading-edge sound and video technologies; a “think tank” for brainstorming; Wi-Fi-equipped virtual offices for short-term use; and a smaller, “fish bowl” glass-walled conference room.
Unbuilt Category: Suffolk County Community College Science & Technology Building – This project represented the Ammerman Campus’ first new construction in more than 40 years, resulting in a unique opportunity to create a state of the art Natural Sciences facility at the college’s Selden, NY campus. Spector Group accomplished this while simultaneously weaving the new building into the existing campus fabric in a way that improves the overall environmental experience. Focusing on three separate yet interrelated project components – the site, the building and sustainable design – Spector Group significantly improved the flow of vehicle and pedestrian traffic; enhanced building access, appearance and performance; and incorporated numerous elements of sustainable (LEED) design.
Lighting Design: Mercedes-Benz Manhattan – Spector Group literally reinvented and redesigned the automaker’s presence on New York’s competitive “Auto Row.” Part of an innovative mixed-use development, the facility occupies all or parts of five level, combining brand and architectural design elements that are oriented toward creating more transparency, comfort and convenience. The lighting has successfully created a secondary plane of “a fast-moving visual” frozen in time while the perfect light levels work to showcase Mercedes-Benz engineering and design.