F.J. Sciame completes $14m renovation at famed toy store.F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc. has completed the $14 million renovation of the famed FAO FAO,
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Considered one of the oldest retail establishments of any kind in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , FAO Schwarz received a complete makeover, helping it maintain its status as the most highly-regarded toy store A toy store, or toy shop, is a retail business specializing in the services of selling toys. No longer held to the limitations of the brick and mortar outlet, the toy store has successfully created a presence within the e-commerce industry. in the world.
"The completion of this upgrade to FAO Schwarz further complements the legacy of the store as a cherished landmark for New Yorkers and visitors from all over the world," said Michael Porcelli, Executive Vice President of Sciame. "We are proud to have been a part of bringing this wonderful NY institution back to life for the enjoyment of generations to come."
The 42,000 s/f retail space, located on the ground floor of the two-million-square-foot GM Building, received a complete redesign re·de·sign
tr.v. re·de·signed, re·de·sign·ing, re·de·signs
To make a revision in the appearance or function of.
re by the architecture firm Rockwell Group. The renovation project, which was fast-tracked and completed in just 14 weeks, called for a new entrance on 58th Street, the installation of new lighting as well as new flooring and other structural work.
The most challenging component of the project--and as the final outcome can attest--its most dramatic feature, involved the installation of a $1.5 million LED ceiling display composed of 150,000 nodes of light. Sciame also supervised su·per·vise
tr.v. su·per·vised, su·per·vis·ing, su·per·vis·es
To have the charge and direction of; superintend.
[Middle English *supervisen, from Medieval Latin the installation of $4 million worth of custom millwork supplied by 25 different companies throughout the U.S.
"We were building major changes to the space right up to opening day, but we delivered the project on time and on budget," continued Sciame's Mark Pankoff, who worked closely with Mr. Porcelli and Susan Ospina to bring the project to a successful completion.