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Jones Lang LaSalle Wins BOMA’s Pinnacle Award For New Construction for IAC Building

BOMA NY Cites Frank Gehry-Designed Office Building for Striking Design

NEW YORK, February 17, 2009 — Jones Lang LaSalle announced the Frank Gehry-designed IAC Building, 555 West 18th Street, has been honored with a Pinnacle Award by the Building Owners and Managers Association of New York. The organization selected the property to receive its 2008-2009 New Construction award.
Jones Lang LaSalle manages the Class A, 130,000-square-foot building, which is owned by IAC. Construction on the property was begun in June 2004 and completed in April 2007. The building is located in Manhattan on West 18th Street between 10th and 11th avenues.
The Pinnacle Award for New Construction is bestowed on a newly completed building in possession of at least a temporary Certificate of Occupancy. The developers must have demonstrated foresight in site selection and development, and have been responsible for excellent and unique concepts in construction, resulting in the successful and timely completion of a structure that makes a significant contribution to the greater New York area.
“The IAC Building is one of the most unique properties ever to grace the New York skyline,” said Thomas Panissidi, property manager of the building for Jones Lang LaSalle, who accepted the award on IAC’s behalf. He has overseen daily operations at the property for IAC since 2006. “This spectacular work of art was not only the first Frank Gehry-designed structure in Manhattan, it was the first time the world-renowned architect created an all-glass building. The construction of this distinctive property would not have been possible without a breakthrough in technology that allowed the team to transform the architect’s vision into a curving expanse of glass and metal.”
The whimsical, wave-like curtain wall was laboratory-tested to ensure its durability before being fabricated in Italy. The panels were then cold-warped, or bent on site, to match the sensuous curves of the façade. The unusual white color of the exterior glass is generated by thousands of baked on ceramic dot patterns that reflect light and reduce glare. The building’s supporting columns are tilted, not vertical, and the underlying skeleton is formed by a system of reinforced concrete ribs and columns that slope in many directions.
In 2008, the IAC Building received a MASterwork Award for Best New Building of 2007 from The Municipal Art Society of New York. The organization noted that Frank Gehry’s vision of billowing white sails along the Hudson River, manifest in the IAC Building, is a beacon for the architectural renaissance of the West Chelsea waterfront area.
Each February, Building Owners and Managers Association of New York presents its Pinnacle Awards to New York’s premier buildings, people and charitable organizations. The local winners are then entered into the national The Office Building of the Year awards, first at the regional level and then at the North American level, which includes all of the United States and Canada.
Other Pinnacle Award categories include Operating Office Building in several categories, Earth, Renovated Building, Historical Building, Government Building, Corporate Facility, Outstanding Local Member of the Year, Manager of the Year, Civic Betterment and the Henry J. Muller Achievement Award.
About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2008 global revenue of $2.7 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 60 countries from 750 locations worldwide, including 180 corporate offices. The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 1.3 billion square feet worldwide.  In the New York area, Jones Lang LaSalle provides leasing and management services for nearly 45 million square feet of commercial real estate. For further information, please visit our Web site,
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