1221 Avenue of the Americas


The Rockefeller Group

Square Footage
18,500 SF

MdeAS Architects

1221 Avenue of the Americas Lobby & Public Space Upgrade

Sciame was the Construction Manager responsible for the full demolition and renovation of the previously existing lobby at 1221 Avenue of the Americas, the McGraw Hill Building in midtown Manhattan. Major enhancements included a new street-level Avenue of the Americas entrance set back from Sixth Avenue on 48th street, as well as new stone walls and floors, new reception desks, and new elevator cabs with destination dispatch controls to enhance speed and efficiency for tenants and visitors.

The 49th street entrance received a major upgrade that called for the removal of non-structural columns and the installation of floor to ceiling glass, which invites more visibility and daylight into the expansive lobby from the side-street plaza. In addition, renovations to the building’s side-street plazas, each substantially set back from 48th and 49th streets, created additional tenant and visitor gathering spaces with new landscaping, lighting and seating.

Project Awards

April 25, 2019

The Greater NY Construction User Council (GNYCUC)
Award for Outstanding Commercial-Renovation Project

April 25, 2019

The Avenue of the Americas Association
Landlord Architectural Achievement