The 50-story building, which sits one block south of Times Square and contains 1 million square feet of office space, features design schemes that were influenced by the differing characteristics of each of the streets it faces. For the space referred to as 7 Times Square, Burlington Bursting Stone was among the materials selected for the interior design, creating a modern, upscale, corporate environment.
The green slate, which was quarried and fabricated in England's Lake District by Burlington Stone and supplied through Stone Source of New York, NY/Burlington Natstone, Plano, TX, was employed as wall cladding. The slate was combined with sleek materials such as metal and glass as well as granite flooring, further contributing to the sophisticated appearance of the building.
To ensure that the slate met the design requirements, the project architect, general contractor and sub-contractor traveled to Burlington's facilities in England to evaluate the material. â€œWe actually had the wall dry laid out in England,â€ said Dominic Moliterno of MGC Stone Co., Inc. in Belleville, NJ, the sub-contractor for the project. â€œThe slate had a ploughed finish, which muted out any inconsistencies.â€
Moliterno went on to explain that his company provided all the shop drawings and shop tickets, which were then shipped to Burlington Stone, where the pieces were cut and crated. Once shipped back, MGC Stone Co. unloaded the material and installed it.
In total, approximately 2,240 square feet of Bursting Stone were employed for the interior cladding. Although the pieces varied slightly in size to create a geometric pattern, the approximate size tile measured 3 x 1 1â„2 feet. According to Moliterno, his crew was instructed by the architect to maintain a standard module. â€œWe were given parameters,â€ he said.
The slate tiles were installed with stainless steel anchors and cement. â€œThe tricky part was that the wall was set on an angle,â€ said Moliterno. â€œWe had to make sure that everything was coordinated. The difficult geometry was a concern.â€
Complementing the green slate walls was a granite floor, which consisted of a field of Iridian granite supplied by Cold Spring Granite Co. of Cold Spring, MN, surrounded by a border of Jet Mist granite from New England Stone, LLC of North Kingstown, RI. MGC Stone Co. had a team of six workers installing all of the stonework. According to Moliterno, the project took about 18 months from the time of the contract agreement through construction.