NYMEX’s recent interior redevelopment efforts have been recognized with an ENR New York Best Projects award for Interiors/Tenant Improvement. The award winners will be highlighted in ENR New York’s Nov. 16 print edition and at an awards dinner later that month.
The NYMEX effort is all about evolution. Originally a group of merchants exchanging goods on the banks of the Hudson River, NYMEX has expanded to become a platform for the exchange of billions of dollars’ worth of commodities. For decades, training was conducted in open outcry pits. As electronic trading has emerged and dominated, NYMEX no longer needed all of its open outcry facilities and revamped three stories of space by infilling a new floor and creating an interior balcony-level within the remaining two-floor volume.
The new balcony-level is customer-oriented as guests are greeted with striking views of the Hudson River. Reflective materials and a water-inspired color palette create a sensation of the interior flowing into the outside vista. The company’s current focus on technology is abstracted with perforated metal panels. The balcony overlooks the two-story work environment where guests observe the dynamic workplace without breaching confidentiality.
Staff connection is an equally important component of the design. The workplace embraces openness, transparency and natural light while technology-rich areas create neighborhoods and a flexible innovation space to support the company’s vision of
Information connects. Markets accelerate. Employees collaborate.