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Bausch & Lomb plans new HQ in Rochester.

Bausch & Lomb has unveiled its plans for a new world headquarters building in downtown Rochester, New York.

Fox & Fowle Architects of New York City, in association with the Rochester architectural firm of Handler/Grosso, the same design team that collaborated on the restoration of the Rochester's national registered landmark, Powers Building, have designed a 20-story high building with 465,000 square feet of floor area, to be located on a two-acre site between South Clinton Avenue, Stone, Broad and Court Streets. The project will feature first class office space for Bausch & Lomb, also designed by Fox & Fowle Architects, as well as tenant office space in approximately one fourth of the building. Amenities will include a major public Wintergarden, and a company cafeteria, daycare center and fitness facility. Limited retail facilities will be located at street level. A 1,200 car public parking garage, which will accommodate the building's occupants, will be built by the City of Rochester between South Avenue and Stone Street.

The design team has worked closely with Bausch & Lomb and the City of Rochester to assure that the siting of the building meets the guidelines of the City's Vision 2000 Master Plan while providing a suitable setting for a world class building. By reconfiguring the south end of Stone Street to align with St. Mary's Place and forming a traffic circle within the block, a new urban space will be formed that will serve as a dramatic entry court for the headquarters project. The realignment will improve traffic flow and center the project on the north end of historic Washington Square Park.

The office tower will be sited on the northeast corner of the block at the corner of East Broad and South Clinton, where its massing will provide the greatest enrichment to the downtown cityscape while maximizing views to and from the building in all directions. At the south end of the block and on axis with Washington Park, will be a two-story Wintergarden. This jewel-like glass structure is designed to afford a "fourth side" to the Park in keeping with the scale of the First Universalist Church to the east, St. Mary's Church to the west, and the GEVA Theatre to the south. As such, it will tighten the urban fabric surrounding the park while enhancing the rich historic character of the southeast section of downtown Rochester.

The office tower, to be clad in stone, will symbolize Bausch & Lomb's strength, character and rich corporate history as a world leader in the health-care and optics industry. Its sculpted form, marked by progressive setbacks and capped by a distinctive multifaceted top will bring a welcome new profile to the Rochester Skyline. By day, it will be enhanced by the play of light and shadow against its carefully proportioned surfaces and rich textures of stone, metal and glass. At night, the roof will come alive with a pattern of sparkling fibre-optic pin-point lights, and the Wintergarden, a solar haven by day, will softly glow from within its fritted glass surfaces.

The building's two-story base will be articulated in heavily rusticated dark red/gray granite in the spirit of the neo-classical architecture of many older downtown buildings. The building above will be clad in a pink/gray granite material with a field of inset, individual windows partially framed by wrap-around glass corners. The Wintergarden, whose shape is a variation of the faceted office tower roof, will be partially enclosed by a stone screen on the east and west, but its sleek glass skin will reach the ground in celebration of Washington Square Park to the south and in invitation to its use by the public.

The style of the architecture will be a Bausch & Lomb has unveiled its plans for a new world headquarters buildings in downtown Rochester, New York. Fox & Fowle Architects of New York City, in association with the Rochester architectural firm of Handler/Grosso have designed a 20-story high, 465,000 square-foot corporate headquarter's building, to be located on a two-acre site facing Fredrick Law Olmstead's Washington Square Park in Downtown. harmonious composite of traditional motifs and state-of-the-art technology and form. Fox & Fowle's design for the Bausch & Lomb interior portions of the building will respond to the client's work environment requirements through state-of-the-art systems. Each division will have its own identity within the overall corporate context. An already impressive corporate art collection will be augmented as part of the project and incorporated into the design. It is Bausch and Lomb's goal to demonstrate its commitment and dedication to the Rochester Community by erecting a building that is appropriate and enriching to the culture of the city and one that will endure the test of time.

The design team under the leadership of Fox & Fowle/Handler/Grosso includes Cosentini Associates, New York, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers; CBM Engineers, Inc., Houston, Texas, Structural Engineers; The Schnadelbach Partnership, New York, Landscape Architects; H.M. Brandston & Partners, Inc., New York, Lighting Designer; and LeChase Construction, Rochester, Construction Managers.
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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:May 19, 1993
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