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They'll drink to that: Levien completes wine store project.

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Levien & Company has completed construction of a new 8,400 s/f store for iconic Manhattan wine merchant Sherry-Lehmann at 505 Park Avenue, at East 59'h Street, reports Kenneth Levien, president of the project management company. The store, described by Zagat's as "a wine aficionado's paradise," was established in 1934 and had been at Madison Avenue and East 61st Street for the past 59 years.

Levien & Company's Daphne Poser, project manager, says the new store "blends the old-world charm of the former location, including lots of wood paneling and custom wood fixtures for displaying their enormous selection of wines and spirits, with such modern conveniences as a material lift to move some of the stores 59,000 bottles from the climate controlled wine storage room in the cellar to the street level store." The new location also has a tasting room on the second floor.

"We had only 10 weeks from the time the space was turned over by the landlord to complete the work," Poser said. "This meant working closely with subcontractors and vendors to coordinate a very tight construction and delivery schedule and having on-site representation from the design team to immediately work out issues in the field."

The store opened Aug. 28. Levien managed the project team, which included: Lehr Construction as General Contractor; GRID2 designers; Laszlo Bodak Engineer, P.C. for mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems; and Thornton Tomasetti as structural engineer.
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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Dec 12, 2007
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