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Lobby at 1450 Broadway

Moed de Armas & Shannon ( has been named as the architect of record for a significant renovation of the lobby and storefront space at 1450 Broadway.  The project, being undertaken on behalf of The Zar Group, is part of a capital improvement initiative that will also include upgrading the elevator cars and enhancing the high-traffic areas of the building.

“We are very happy to be working in conjunction with The Zar Group for this important project,” said Dan Shannon, a principal with Moed de Armas & Shannon. “The addition of specialized glass surfaces in many areas of this building will significantly enhance the efficiency and aesthetics of this unique property.”

Built in 1931 and renovated in 1993, 1450 Broadway is set on the east side of Broadway on the corner of 41st Street.  The 42-story office tower was purchased by The Zar Group in June of 2011 for $204 million Current tenants include BCBG, Iconix Brand Group, Inc., Tarrent Apparel Group, Buffalo Jeans, and The Nieman Marcus Group.

“We recognized the importance of a capital improvement plan for 1450 Broadway that significantly repositions the property and upgrades the tenant experience,” said Bobby Zar, President of The Zar Group. “It was clear from the beginning that Dan and his team shared our passion and vision and we are very excited to be working with them on this project.”

The scope of the renovation will include recladding many of the interior lobby surfaces with energy efficient glass designed for lasting durability and easy maintenance.  The interiors of the elevator cabs will be re-surfaced in glass as well.  The storefront along Broadway will be re-designed and present a more open and welcoming appeal to future tenants.