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Dumbo office buildings get high-tech upgrades to match classic charm


Two Trees’ thriving prewar office buildings in Dumbo just got a 21st-Century bonus: re-imagined, user-friendly, tech-driven lobbies designed by Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture.

The developer’s three office locations comprising nearly 1.5 million square feet are more than 90% leased, according to sources. Now, the properties — 45 Main St., 55 Washington St. and 20 Jay St. — all boast new lobbies warmly lit in earth tones and equipped with technology-enabled access control powered by a Two Trees-branded app.

The app will also connect tenants to amenities such as conference rooms, roof decks and bike rooms. The buildings’ diverse tenant lineup includes Bjarke Ingels Group, Fortis Group, Amplify, BPCM, Woven Planet and Red Antler.

The lobby renovations use brick-and-concrete textures with additions of leather and wood “inspired by the materials and architecture of Dumbo,” said firm co-founder Dominic Kozerski.

They replace a decades-old look that was merely “charming,” David Lombino, Two Trees managing director for external affairs, said with tongue slightly in cheek.

Although the lobbies represent a significant capital upgrade to the prewar trio, Two Trees commercial leasing managing director Alyssa Zahler said their “biggest, prime amenity” is the Dumbo neighborhood itself.

She said that many Dumbo tenants are leased to companies whose principals live in nearby, brownstone-Brooklyn nabes. Asking rents in Dumbo range from $38-58 per square foot with the average in the mid-$40s.

The app connects tenants to amenities such as conference rooms, roof decks and bike rooms.
Steve Lee

Lobby renovations at 45 Main St. use brick-and-concrete textures with additions of leather and wood.
Lobby renovations at 45 Main St. use brick-and-concrete textures with additions of leather and wood.
Steve Lee

Meanwhile, not far away, work continues apace on Two Trees’ audacious adaptive-reuse transformation of the Domino sugar refinery into a cutting-edge office building on the Williamsburg waterfront.

Construction should be done by the fall, including a huge glass envelope wrapped around the landmark’s 150-year-old brick facade.  



This story originally appeared on NYPost

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