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SOM/NEW YORK AWARDED COMMISSION TO DESIGN NEW TRADING FACILITY FOR CHASE MANHATTAN BANK, N.A.

 NEW YORK, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has been commissioned by The Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A., to design a three- floor trading facility. The trading floors provide 456 trading positions, occupying two floors of the 78,000 sf project. Also included are new data and command centers with training areas, a reception area with communicating stair, a conference center, food services, locker rooms, mail distribution, offices and secretarial support. As part of the planning for the continued development of financial services technologies, the design includes personal air controls as well as individual videoconferencing capabilities at each desk.
 The design of these new spaces, which are located in the Chase Manhattan building originally designed by SOM in 1957, presented a special challenge. According to Associate Partner Stephen Apking, "In order to achieve the proper trading environment for current and future requirements, we had to completely rethink the standard raised floor, dropped ceiling approach, and be much more inventive. By eliminating existing air ducts, and locating fan-coil units along the windows and core wall, the ceiling could be built tight against the slab and beams, creating sufficient height for the insertion of raised floors and the installation of an ambient lighting system."
 The project is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 1994.
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 /CONTACT: Gretchen Bank of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 212-309-9630/


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