Anbang Insurance Group’s New York office and AECOM Tishman announced the first phase of construction work to renovate and restore the Waldorf Astoria New York will begin in December.
Since the Waldorf Astoria New York achieved the designation as New York City’s largest private interior landmark, Anbang has made significant progress toward renovating the property. The development team has advanced design plans, secured permits and carefully moved, preserved and stored prized historic items, including the Cole Porter piano, the World’s Fair Clock Tower, the Kennedy Rocking Chair and the MacArthur Desk. AECOM Tishman was appointed to spearhead the first phase of construction.
“After months of meticulous planning and careful preparation, we are ready to begin the next phase of the renovation and have assembled an exceptional team to advance the project," said Brandon Dong, managing director of the Waldorf Astoria New York Project of Anbang. “We look forward to working closely with AECOM Tishman to carry out one of the most extensive restoration and renovation projects in New York City."
The Waldorf Astoria New York will feature restored public and event spaces, approximately 350 new guest rooms and suites and approximately 350 residences. Anbang released plans for the building’s landmarked interior and exterior elements in March 2017 that a specialized design team, including architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and interior designer Pierre Yves Rochon (PYR), prepared.