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Healthcare conglomerate signs lease at 1 WTC

The Durst Organization and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today announced that Medical Knowledge Group LLC (MKG) has signed an eight-year lease for 12,063 s/f on the 84th floor of One World Trade Center. 

MKG will move from 750 Third Avenue once Durst completes the buildout of MKG’s new offices.


“We are pleased to welcome MKG to One World Trade Center,” said Jonathan (Jody) Durst, President of The Durst Organization. “As MKG was our leasing team’s first tour at the property after the shutdown in March, we are especially proud that they are our first deal of 2021 and are the harbinger of an improving market.”   

“We greatly appreciate the flexibility and agility of the Durst team,” said Leon Behar CEO of MKG. “They worked with us to create a space designed to our unique specifications that leverages the sustainability and user-efficiency benefits of One World Trade Center resulting in a workspace where our employees will not only be healthy and productive but thrive.”

MKG was represented by Executive Managing Director Brad Needleman and Associate Director Matthew Augarten of Newmark.  The landlord was represented by Senior Managing Director Eric Engelhardt and Managing Director Karen Kuznick of The Durst Organization and the Newmark team of David Falk, Jason Greenstein, Peter Shimkin, Hal Stein and Travis Wilson.  

MKG is a health care marketing and communications conglomerate whose companies address the business needs of biopharmaceutical companies through the provision of analytics-driven medical communications and market research. MKG companies partner with some of the world’s largest biopharmaceutical companies as well as niche biotechnology firms to maximize the commercial potential of their brands.

Dominating the Lower Manhattan skyline, One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and home to the largest community of media and tech innovators. The 3.1 million-square-foot LEED Gold Certified skyscraper features premier office space and some of the most spectacular views in the world. 

The state-of-the-art architectural, environmental, and structural enhancements of One World Trade Center incorporate the latest technologies and innovations at the cutting edge of efficient skyscraper design.

Located on the 64th floor adjacent to the Sky Lobby, Well& By Durst, a full-service 25,000 s/f amenity space exclusively for the tenants of One World Trade Center and their guests, serves as a world-class corporate and social hub, purpose-built to foster creativity, collaboration, and community. A platform for wellbeing and a place to cultivate calm, Well& By Durst is designed to energize, inspire, and connect guests in a healthy and productive environment.

Built by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and The Durst Organization in a unique public-private partnership, One World Trade Center sets a new standard of design, construction, and prestige. Bringing a wealth of private sector experience to One World Trade Center, The Durst Organization is responsible for marketing, leasing, and managing the property. 

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