Drom's Tribeca Fine Fragrance Studio designed by Janko Rasic Architects called a 'so hip-it-hurts camera ready movie set of a space' in The Perfect Scent by Chandler Burr

Drom's Tribeca Fine Fragrance Studio designed by Janko Rasic Architects called a 'so hip-it-hurts camera ready movie set of a space' in The Perfect Scent by Chandler Burr
In the book The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York, Chandler Burr, the Scent Critic for T: The New York Times Style Magazine he tells the inside story of the global perfume business. He describes the process of creating a celebrity perfume for the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker: “-standard practice-send it out to the Big Boys, the raw materials houses and scent makers. Mostly this means midtown Manhattan . . . When they submit to Drom, the briefs travel down to Drom’s so hip-it-hurts camera ready movie set of a space in Tribeca at 144 Duane Street.” [p.31]

The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York Chandler Burr
Picador, January 2009
ISBN: 978-0-312-42577-7, ISBN10: 0-312-42577-5
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches, 336 pages

Working with Building Owners to land new tenants

58 West 40th Street

Working together with John H.K. Belt, president of the 58-64 40th Street Corp, Janko Rasic Architects successfully showed hedge fund Balestra Capital, Ltd. that 58 West 40th Street fit their needs. The growing hedge fund occupied a sublet space on Sixth Avenue for several years. Timothy Rasic, AIA, met with the prospective tenant and translated its programmatic requirements into test-fit layouts which convinced hedge fund to take the space. Test-fit layouts allowed the partners to visualize the potential of the loft-like space overlooking Bryant Park.

143 Varick Street

The ground floor and basement space of 143 Varick Street, a two storey brick building, was vacant when Trinity Real Estate approached Janko Rasic Architects. The space had formerly been home to the newspaper El Diario. Working with the Trinity Real Estate team, Janko Rasic Architects demolished the obsolete build-out left by newspaper as to make the space “Tenant Ready” for another use. Additionally, Janko Rasic Architects provided the code analysis to create a multi-tenant building which allowed Trinity the flexibility to lease the second floor to another tenant. The newly demolished ground floor and basement made for an ideal retail space which attracted City Winery which opened its doors in the fall of 2008.


MIddle Photograph:Janko Rasic, AIA, with Pfizer'sRick Davis and Adam Hoy

"Take note, Bill: Janko Rasic Architects’ Janko Rasic (with Pfizer’s Rick Davis and Adam Hoy) says there will be real estate business next year, but we all need to be patient. There was plenty of Big Pharmaat the lunch; if one of them makes a patience pill, they’d make a killing in today’s market."

From article in "STRATEGIES" by REAL ESTATE BIZNOW December 17th, 2008

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Lecture: Trading Room Design Trends 12.06.08

Lecture: Trading Room Design Trends 12.06.08
"This presentation will give an overview of Trading Room design, Mission Critical planning concerns and Supporting Infrastructure trends as it relates to Trading Floors (UPS, Pre-Action, Blade Technology, Disaster Recovery, Generators, Air Distribution, etc)."


Hector Guillen, AIA
Janko Rasic Architects, PLLC

Robert Paquette
asi System Integration

David Peterman, PE
Robert Derector Associates


Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012


Saturday December 6th, 2008 at 11AM

For more information:

Please see the Center for Architecture website:www.aiany.org/centerforarchitecture/

Key Issues to Consider When Subdividing Commercial Office Space In New York City

•Demising Plan
•Engineering Considerations
•Landlord & NYC Department of Buildings

•Real Estate Broker
•MEP Engineer
•Building Department Expediter
•General Contractor

Demising Plan
With your architect develop a cost effective demising plan showing the proposed sublet suite. The plan should indicate public corridor, entrance to sublet location of fire rated demising (dividing) wall while maintaining access to two fire stairs and the public restrooms. Review themarketabilityof the plan with your real estate broker.

Engineering Considerations
In addition to an Architect, you may need to retain a MEP engineer (Mechanical, electric, and plumbing) to produce plans showing modifications to existing sprinklers, fire alarm, electric, ductwork and the addition of fire dampers where required by building code.

Using architectural/engineering plans, price out proposed work with building approved general contractors.

Landlord & New York City Department of Buildings
After receiving landlord approval, file plans at the NYC Department of Buildings preferably using the Landlord’s building department expediter. Filing at the buildings department will require an asbestos inspection report.

After receiving the necessary approvals, the general contractor can build-out the demising wall. This wall is required to be fire rated (minimum 1 hour) by NYC Building Code. In order to achieve the fire rating, the partition will have to be constructed from the floor slab to the slab above. The subtenant’s entry door will have to be fire rated self closing as well. The work will involve ceiling and floor patching, electrical (light switch near subtenant’s entrance), painting and possibly sprinkler, mechanical , and light fixture relocations.

While the actual physical construction might take only a few days, the entire process of planning, filing, and building is likely to take 30-45 days. If greater urgency is required, you may request the landlord’s permission to have the subtenant use the space during construction.

Consult with a licensed Architect to help you prepare a preliminary budget and answer questions relating to code and/or procedures.

-Janko Rasic, AIA
-Timothy Rasic, AIA

(JANKO RASIC ARCHITECTS, PLLC is a full service architecture and interior design firm specializing in office planning.)

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Yodle Expands

Yodle Expands
Timothy Rasic, AIA, assists Yodle, an online advertising service for small businesses, with its move and expansion at 50 West 23rd Street. Business is good- Yodle’s staff tripled over the past year. Janko Rasic Architects’ office planning team created a layout designed to foster teamwork and maximize efficiency. While interior partitions were demolished to increase the size of a large central area filled with workstation clusters, much of the existing perimeter construction remained in order to economize. Glass lites were introduced at the perimeter meeting rooms and private offices to improve communications. Yodle’s new home is designed to accommodate over 145 developers and sales persons and at roughly 23,000 sf is double its current size.
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