Corporate interiors firm MKDA has completed a new Manhattan office for Forex Capital Markets, a foreign exchange trading firm.
The 60,000 s/f space comprises the entire 50th floor at 55 Water Street in Lower Manhattan and features a large central trading area and over 400 custom-designed trading desks and workstations.
“55 Water Street is one of Lower Manhattan’s premier office buildings,” said MKDA president Michael Kleinberg, who noted that the building is 54 stories and 3.8 million square feet.
“With state-of-the-art operations and generous floor plates that bring Forex from two separate floors at another location to a single floor, the building suits the company’s requirements well.”
MKDA designed the high-tech office space with a large central trading area and custom desks for traders, analysts and high-level dealers. The FXCM dealing department comprises a separate work area with telecommunications systems that support up to 12 monitors per position.
“Forex required an extensive trading floor and numerous departmental adjacencies,” noted Stephen Chapman, president of project management firm Craven Corporation. “The project was a success due in large part to the seamless and in-depth coordination between MKDA, Craven Corporation, the client, and various technical and professional consultants.”
According to MKDA Director of Design Daniel DeSiena, “Although the central work area is particularly dense, the availability of natural light and the use of low rise desking systems create an open and airy feel.