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The New IATSE General Office

The General Executive Board approved the purchase of the 4th and 5th floors within a 12-storey condominium building located at 207 West 25th Street, which is in the area of 25th Street and Seventh Avenue in New York City in an area known as “Chelsea”.  The architectural firm that designed the National Benefit Funds space a few years ago as well as the General Contractor that built it were both engaged for this project. 

Each floor of the building is approximately 10,000 sq. ft. and the new office was designed to use the entire 4th floor and approximately half of the 5th floor. The two floors are connected by an internal staircase. As a point of reference, the old General Office was approximately 10,000 sq. ft. in size.

The remainder of the fifth floor has three tenants, which will remain in place until future growth requires the International to take back portions of the remaining space.  In the meantime, those tenants provide monthly revenue of almost $17,000 that offsets operating expenses.

Some of the concepts behind the design of the new office including the use of LED lighting throughout the space and a newly designed HVAC system, both of which cost more initially than some alternatives, but are more environmentally efficient and will be less expensive to operate over the long-term.  In addition, the entire project was built with union labor and whenever possible materials were sourced from union manufacturers and were made in either the United States or Canada.

The IATSE’s General Office move took place on the evening of Tuesday, March 26, 2013 and the office was open for business and fully operational on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.  The staff in the General Office spent significant amount of time planning and preparing for the move and those efforts paid off with a virtually seamless transition.

Arrangements will be made to hold an open house in the fall of 2013 at the new General Office.