GMS’ project at Irving Plaza has been awarded the 2021 New York Interior/Tenant Improvement Award of Merit.

The GMS team – led by Partner, Karl Rubenacker; Associate Partner, Virginia Diaz; and Project Engineer, Pablo Solano – collaborated with EwingCole, Shawmut Design & Construction, and Highland Associates on the ballroom-style music venue’s interior renovation for Live Nation.

When Irving Plaza, located by Union Square in New York City, began major renovations, GMS was brought on to provide structural engineering services. In addition to assessing and repairing the marquee, the project at Irving Plaza involved multiple tasks including changing the elevation of part of the lobby, dropping in a new stair to the basement, creating a new opening in the bearing wall that separates the main lobby and the adjacent bar area, removing a bearing wall that subdivided the basement to create an open lounge area, replacing the hardwood floor on the second floor, adding permanent platforms for patrons on the house right side of the mezzanine, and relocating mechanical units to the roof. Additionally, GMS engineered the change in use of the suspended sound mix box to repurpose it into a luxury box with public assembly occupancy.

The project has been awarded the 2021 DRIVENxDESIGN New York Design Award – Gold Interior Design for Hospitality and now the 2021 New York Interior/Tenant Improvement Award of Merit and we could not be more thrilled. To learn more about Irving Plaza, visit ENR or view the video below.

Thank you to all involved in this incredible project and ENR for selecting Irving Plaza!

Feature image courtesy of Live Nation.