May
2009

A Queen City Touch In The Big Apple

It’s a good chance that when you ask someone to name cultural destinations in New York City, Lincoln Center is at the top of their list. If you ask someone to name the top architecture firms in the Queen City, we’d like to think GBBN Architects takes that top spot. Put the two together and you get a Queen City touch in the Big Apple. As a result of good relationships and well-known expertise, GBBN and its division -- in4mation -- are integrally involved in supporting the $1.2 billion renovation and redevelopment of NYC’s cultural hub that includes among 12 resident organizations The Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic and The Juilliard School.

In4 is implementing a web-based Facility Database to provide work order management, space management, asset management and project tracking services. The resulting compilation of data regarding each building’s equipment allows facility managers to create maintenance plans and operate the buildings as efficiently as possible. “What it comes down to is being able to track and manage a multitude of issues, equipment and facility drawings utilizing the web-based system maintained by the Lincoln Center facility managers,” said Brent Reiner, project application architect.

Ron Austin, executive director of Lincoln Center Development Project, Inc, initially expressed an interest by Lincoln Center leadership to finding a means of better securing this massive reinvestment in the overall campus infrastructure. “Incumbent to safe-guarding this investment was developing a more comprehensive approach to maintaining the campus ,” said Austin. Having won the support of those charged with facility maintenance, the in4 facility database is being constructed incrementally as each phase of this multi-year project completes.

Over the next two years, GBBN will compile the architectural drawings, warranties and maintenance of the major equipment and materials installed throughout the 16-acre Lincoln Center campus. “We’re using the ARCHIBUS database solution to upgrade the tools available for facilities management,” said Reiner. The first project completed was the completely rebuilt Central Mechanical Plant; the ARCHIBUS database now tracks asset data, work orders, and facility drawings used to support the operation of this centralized utility plant. “We were selected to implement the solution that manages the enormous volume of facility data produced during the design and construction process, and the operational activities that follow,” said Reiner.

Recently Lincoln Center celebrated its 50th anniversary in the newly renovated Alice Tully Hall, including performances by Itzhak Perlman and Wynton Marsalis. “Being involved in the revitalization of such an important performing arts venue as Lincoln Center is truly an honor,” said Joe Power, GBBN project manager.” He added, “Lincoln Center has been a recognized leader in artistic excellence for nearly five decades, and GBBN is proud to have been selected to assist in assuring the continued stewardship of the Lincoln Center campus on into the future.”

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Bottom - Interior view of Alice Tully Hall - Lincoln Center, New York City