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Design firm relocates to Woolworth Building

JLL has completed a lease transaction for CallisonRTKL at The Woolworth Building at 233 Broadway.

The global design consultancy firm signed a lease for 28,096 s/f of office space at the 60-story, 935,000 s/f building owned by The Witkoff Group.

CallisonRTKL signed a 10-year lease for the entire 16th floor of the building. The company is relocating from 148 Lafayette Street, where it occupied two floors.

CallisonRTKL was represented by Mitchell Konsker, vice chairman, and David Dusek, managing director, both with JLL. The building owner was represented by Barry Pincus, co-chairman of Realta, and Brian Siegel, senior managing director, with The Lawrence Group.

“CallisonRTKL was seeking more efficient space with a flexible lease and the opportunity to grow,” said Dusek. “The Woolworth Building offered a full floor of highly efficient space with abundant light and air, high ceilings and extraordinary views overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge.”

“As a global design practice that has been in New York for approximately 10 years, we require a workplace that reflects our culture and accommodates our creative process,” said Susan Soehnlen, a vice president of CallisonRTKL.

“And the Woolworth Building does just that. The new space allows us to consolidate on a single floor, which boosts efficiency and collaboration, and the building’s history contributes to our legacy in Manhattan.”

The Woolworth Building was designed by architect Cass Gilbert and completed in 1912. Acquired by The Witkoff Group in 1998 and fully restored, the New York City landmark property was the world’s tallest building until 1930.

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