68 South Service Road
(RexCorp Executive Park)
Size: 300,000 square feet
Cost: Not disclosed
Melville-based RexCorp - formerly Reckson Associates Realty Corp. - was pleased enough with its building at 58 South Service Road in Melville to build a twin at 68 South Service Road.
In January 2006, the firm completed a four-story building with 277,000-square-feet of office space and an additional 23,000 square feet including a fitness center, a 145-seat auditorium, a cafÄ‚Â© and conference rooms. The building completed the firm's executive park, located between exits 48 and 49 of the Long Island Expressway.
The firm broke ground on the second building in September 2004 after completing the first structure in 2001. The first building attracted tenants such as Smith Barney, Zurich Insurance Co., Signature Bank and Hain Celestial; the bait of the second building was attractive enough to also hook some big fish. Comtech leased some space, and when Citibank leased 202,000 square feet, the building became an instant billboard for success.
102 Motor Parkway
Size: 204,000 square feet
Cost: $25 million
Architect: Baldassano Architecture
You're not seeing double if you drive along Motor Parkway in Hauppauge. Or rather, you are: Tritec Real Estate Co. is building the second of its twin buildings there.
In 2006, Tritec started construction of the 204,000-square-foot 102 Motor Parkway on a 19.6-acre site already hosting a twin at 100 Motor Parkway. The twin, six-story building project was designed by Ronkonkama-based Baldassano Architecture and Mojo Stummer Associates, and sports a glass faÄ‚Â§ade facing the Long Island Expressway.
Baldassano principal Philip Monastero said the firm aligned the buildings' faÄ‚Â§ades specifically to have "a presence on the LIE. "
Both buildings include a central staircase and a three-story atrium as well as high-end materials and finishes. The buildings also have large flexible floor planes close to 35,000 square feet, which can be appealing to large as well as smaller firms.
The first building has already attracted tenants such as Allstate Insurance Co., First Empire Securities, Bank of Smithtown, Countrywide and Robert Half International.
1001 Franklin Ave.
Size: 115,000 square feet
Cost: $25 million
Developer: Albanese Organization and Castagna Realty
Architect: Bentel & Bentel
Franklin Avenue is making a comeback, with a little help from two Long Island-based firms.
In April 2006, Garden City-based Albanese Organization and Castagna Realty finished this three-story, 115,000-square-foot, $25 million project. The structure was designed by Locust Valley-based Bentel & Bentel; Manhattan-based Angelo Corva & Associates oversaw the construction.
Billed by Albanese as a "green" commercial building, it sports many environmentally conscious features, including energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and a state-of-the-art air filtration system.
The building is the sixth such project spearheaded by Albanese and Castagna along Franklin Avenue, where the firms have played a major role in revitalizing and retooling area structures.
The Arches at Deer Park
Size: 805,000 square feet
Cost: $200 million
Developer: Blumenfeld Development with Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. and Apollo Real Estate Advisors
Architect: Adams & Associates
Deer Park may not have a vibrant downtown, but it's about to get a development that may be just as good.
Syosset-based Blumenfeld Development and partners, in late 2006, began demolition of an old 750,000-square-foot industrial building once occupied by Edo Corp. In its place, Blumenfeld is working with Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. and Apollo Real Estate Advisors on The Arches at Deer Park, a 180-store, 800,000-square-foot mixture of outlets and full-price retailers, along with restaurants and a movie theater. The shopping center could open by Memorial Day 2008.