Time Warner Center, New York

Tetra Tech’s High Performance Buildings Group provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), commissioning, and telecommunication services for the Time Warner Center in New York.


  • Size: 2.8 million square feet
  • Construction Cost: $2.2 billion
  • Client: The Related Companies
  • Architect: SOM, BBGM, Elkus Manfredi, Ismael Leyva, Perkins + Will
  • Completion Date: 2004

This 2.8-million-square-foot high-rise, mixed-use development contains approximately 750,000 square feet of office space that is Time Warner’s headquarters. Additional program areas include luxury condominiums, a Mandarin Oriental hotel, specialty retail stores, and destination restaurants.

The project also includes 98,000 square feet of parking to accommodate approximately 300 vehicles. Environmentally friendly applications include more cubic-feet-per-minute air ventilation in work areas, a complete air purge cycle for off-gassing prior to occupation and at any future time, and carbon monoxide monitoring in parking zones.

Tetra Tech engineered a building management system for the entire facility that maximizes building efficiencies and ensures energy conservation. Tetra Tech’s information technologies team developed a technology business model that uses the building’s size and economy of scale to integrate multiple technologies and venues, and creates one of the most important technology locations in the world. The project features services and capabilities that did not exist in the marketplace previously via a robust voice over Internet Protocol infrastructure tied into a central technology room that serves all tenants. Tetra Tech also used a leaky coaxial wireless system to strengthen cellular, WiFi, and emergency signals from the garage to the parapet.

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