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Old May 23rd, 2009, 08:48 PM   #21
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There are no proposals as such, just the existing buildings are being completely renovated. The building being constructed on the north lawn is a small temporary building.
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Old May 26th, 2009, 12:40 PM   #22
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hopefully the renovation won't alter the outlook of the existing hq too much!
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 03:18 PM   #23
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Swing space construction on the North Lawn

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Old July 8th, 2009, 06:58 PM   #24
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UN Moves Forward with Next Phase of $1Billion Renovation of NYC Headquarters
In the face of a global economic meltdown, the United Nations has not missed a beat with its $1 billion Capital Master Plan for the sweeping renovation of the 2.6 million-square-foot complex in New York
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With the country well ensconced in a recession and debilitated by the credit crunch, the clatter of construction equipment on the streets is not an oft-heard sound--unless you are at the site of the United Nations headquarters in New York City. In the face of a global economic meltdown, the international organization has not missed a beat with its $1 billion Capital Master Plan for the sweeping renovation of the 2.6 million-sq.-ft. complex. And now that Skanska USA Building Inc. has kicked off the next phase of the project, the comforting buzz of building activity is not going to stop anytime soon.

Spanning 17 acres in Midtown Manhattan, the U.N. complex consists of six buildings, three of which, including the 39-story Secretariat Building, are over a half-century old. Parsippany, N.J.-based Skanska USA, a division of Sweden-headquartered construction group Skanska AB, was tapped to serve as construction manager for the five-year Capital Master Plan two years ago, and in 2008, the company broke ground on the project, which calls for the comprehensive upgrade of approximately 1.6 million square feet of the property.

Skanska's contract for the second phase of the massive undertaking is valued at $261 million and involves the creation of temporary office facilities, as well as the renovation of the basement in the North Lawn Conference Building and the completion of a temporary conference center. "The most important part of the project is the work on the temporary conference facility, where the General Assembly will move during the renovations," Werner Schmidt, public information officer for the U.N.'s Capital Master Plan, told CPN.

The U.N. is in a class of its own. Rarely, if ever, does news emerge of the unimpeded progress of a billion-dollar remodeling endeavor in the current economic climate. However, the organization is not exactly dependent on the credit market. "The budget for the renovation is being covered by member states of the United Nations, so we're in a lucky situation," Schmidt noted. "Most of the members paid up front, but a few are contributing in five annual installments as the project moves along." Despite the recession and credit crunch having gone global, Schmidt said that to the best of his knowledge, none of the pay-as-you-go members has baked out of monetary commitments. The project remains on track to reach completion in 2013.
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Old August 19th, 2009, 06:09 AM   #25
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Thanks you guys for your info, comments, and wonderful progress photos. I'm heading that way shortly, so very interested!
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Old November 11th, 2009, 04:15 PM   #26
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Extreme Makeover Home Edition? UN gets a 21st-century update
5 November 2009
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No, John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, is not getting his wish: All the vacant floors at the UN's iconic aquamarine-glass headquarters and the trucks removing whole departments to other New York sites do not mean that the top third of the structure is about to be lopped off.

Mr. Bolton, you might recall, once famously quipped that the world wouldn't notice if the UN high-rise lost its top 10 floors.

Instead, the UN "campus," as officials here call it, is getting a top-to-bottom make-over to bring the complex, designed by 20th- century architects Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer, into the 21st century.

Gone will be the asbestos, the firetraps, the leaky ceilings, and the energy inefficiencies by the time the entire $2 billion renovation is completed (expected to be in 2014). Taking their place at the forefront of the international battle against global warming, the renovated UN buildings will cut pre-renovation energy consumption by almost half.

In the meantime, some high-level diplomatic maneuverings are about to take place. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will move before the end of the month from his lofty 37th-floor offices to a stark white, Wal-Mart-big-box-like temporary structure built for the occasion on the campus's north park.

"I don't think he minds taking a temporary office" in a squat, windowless warehouse, "especially when the whole purpose is to give the UN a more efficient building," says a member of Mr. Ban's support staff, noting that Ban has championed the cause of addressing climate change.

Much of Ban's communications staff, on the other hand, will be relegated to basement quarters under the First Avenue UN library.

The Security Council Secretariat will join Ban in the temporary structures - although Security Council sessions are expected to still be held in the existing chambers throughout the updating.

But the General Assembly will decamp to the big boxes as well. Note to Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, and Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi (should he decide to suffer the jet lag he complained about this year and return to the annual General Assembly opening next September): The podium for your globally watched diatribes will be in a different, less majestic location in 2010.

Architects for the UN renovation say they were mindful of preserving the universally recognizable qualities of the building, including the sense of openness to the world generated by the tower's trademark glass facade.

That attribute is not to be found in the new US mission to the UN, nearing completion directly across First Avenue. The 23-story tower, clothed in concrete, doesn't even have windows for the first seven floors - an obvious tip of the hat to post-9/11 concerns.

Although UN buildings may be getting a 21st-century make-over, some of the institution's entities appear set to remain in the postwar era, when they were created.

A case in point is the Security Council, lorded over by its five permanent members from the victors-of-World War II club: the United States, Russia, China, Britain, and France. The story is told at the UN of the architect for the renovation project who asked if, while envisioning the modernization project, he should plan for an expanded Security Council by designing a larger Council table.

The architect was advised to stick to architecture and steer clear of politics.
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Old November 15th, 2009, 03:21 AM   #27
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I like the UN.
It is a simple modern style, not the stupid 'organic' artsy crap you see today.
I can take this building seriously.
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Old October 4th, 2010, 10:57 AM   #28
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Old October 4th, 2010, 11:18 AM   #29
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A hollow session puts the 'un-' in U.N.
1 October 2010
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A colleague, walking by the 38-story United Nations headquarters last week during the 65th meeting of the General Assembly, looked up to see that the windows on several of the top floors appeared blown out, the wind whipping off the East River through the seemingly abandoned shell.

It was as if former U.S. ambassador John Bolton's fondest dream had come true!

"If the U.N. . . . building . . . lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference,'' Bolton famously said back in 1994. Asked this week about the building's appearance, Bolton e-mailed: "It's a start!"

Actually, the entire building has been gutted for a renovation project, scheduled for completion in three years or so, at best.

Maybe that's why last month's diplomatic gabfest just didn't have the same feel, the same excitement and side-splitting hilarity that these sessions generally have.

President Obama delivered a perfectly fine speech, nothing earth-shattering. And Iran's wacky president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, lamely tried to match prior ravings, but, aside from saying the United States orchestrated 9/11 to save the economy, his act seemed to have gotten a little stale and predictable.

Venezuela's Hugo Chavez perhaps feared he could never top that 2006 slam of President George W. Bush, when he called Bush "the devil" and said "you can still smell the sulfur" after Bush had spoken in the chamber. Chavez, who didn't fare all that well in Venezuelan elections this week, was a no-show this time.

Ditto Loop Favorite Moammar Gaddafi of Libya, with his elite virgin-female bodyguard detail and collapsible tent. His spectacular fashion shows and dazzling incoherence of past years - demanding $7.77 trillion in reparations for colonialism - were a perennial highlight.

France's Nicolas Sarkozy, always entertaining with his stunning wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, gave but a cameo appearance. Neither of the Castro brothers was there. (Fidel last made an appearance in 2000.)

There wasn't so much as a drop-by from Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. That's probably because he faces international war crimes charges, accused of orchestrating a campaign of murder, torture and forced expulsions in Darfur, and would probably be arrested on the spot.

Speaking of the United Nations, Equatorial Guinea's foreign minister used the General Assembly meeting to call on the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to stop stalling and start giving out the life sciences award set up in the name of that country's dictator, Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

Loop Fans may recall that the award, endowed for five years by a $3 million gift from Obiang, was set up two years ago - over objections by Washington and the European Union - and then stalled over outrage from the human rights community.

The issue popped up again in June as Obiang, in power for 31 years, accused opponents who were trying to block the prize of being "colonialist, discriminatory, racist and prejudiced."

But Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa told UNESCO, "a beacon for hope and development," not to allow "itself to burnish the unsavory reputation of a dictator" whose regime "has been marked by corruption and abuse."

UNESCO's executive board agreed to study the matter further, deferring the question again. Hard to imagine UNESCO would destroy once and for all its reputation for a lousy $3 million.

So, what's with all that digging on West Executive Drive between the West Wing and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building? The drilling and pounding, which started in May, are driving folks in nearby offices to distraction. A new bunker in the works?

Not so, says the General Services Administration. The official response: "The construction [is] to replace aged and service-interruption-prone heating, cooling, electrical, fire alarm equipment and systems serving the West Wing."

The GSA says it's "constantly working to mitigate as much as possible any impact on the day to day work at the White House." Sounded like the end of the world a couple of days ago.

When will this end - and, more important for some, when will the parking perks on the drive be restored? Ah, well, "looks like it will be more than a year," we were told.

Private sector, anyone?

The Agency for International Development, supposedly running the third prong of the Obama foreign policy of defense, diplomacy and development, didn't have an administrator for the first year of the administration - despite all the earnest talk about elevating the importance of development.

After Administrator Rajiv Shah was sworn in to run the place, his picture joined those of Obama, Vice President Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the wall in the agency lobby.

But Shah's photo recently disappeared. AID folks, prone to Machiavellian thinking, wondered whether this was a sign, a la the Soviets erasing photos of Trotsky.

"Maybe they're trying to send a message that he's no higher than a deputy secretary so why should his picture hang there?" one employee speculated.

Not really. Seems the problem is that you can't drill into metal wall, so the pictures are hung with Velcro, and sometimes they fall down. "Part of elevating development will involve upgrading to industrial-strength Velcro," said spokeswoman Lynne Weil. A visit to Home Depot appears to be in order.

As expected, Morgan Stanleyexecutive Tom Nides, formerly at Credit Suisse First Boston, Fannie Mae and the Bill Clinton-era U.S. trade rep's office, has been nominated as deputy secretary of state for management and resources. He would replace Jack Lew, whose nomination to run the Office of Management and Budget has been held by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) to protest the gulf oil-drilling moratorium.

Michael Vickers, now assistant secretary of defense for Special Operations/low-intensity conflict and interdependent capabilities (SOLIC&IC), has been picked to move up to undersecretary for intelligence.
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Old October 4th, 2010, 05:38 PM   #30
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Old October 7th, 2010, 08:07 AM   #31
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Interior renovation - will be very hard to get as these areas are likely highly-restricted. If you happen to drop by New York and go on a UN premises tour, please provide an update.
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Old January 24th, 2011, 07:56 AM   #34
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Looks like the reconstruction of the Secretariat Building is currently underway...
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Old January 27th, 2011, 12:51 AM   #36
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Old March 8th, 2011, 01:40 AM   #39
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Nice pic desertpunk. I really hope they renovate the rest of the plaza. Its not looking so good lately.
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Some old photos and some new ones showing the temporary North Lawn building, the temporary Security Council chamber and current renovation of the Secretariat...



Inside the UN Temporary North Lawn Building shortly before its official opening.
30 December 2009


External view of the UN Temporary North Lawn Building shortly before its official opening.
30 December 2009


Inside the UN Temporary North Lawn Building shortly before its official opening.
30 December 2009


External view of the UN Temporary North Lawn Building shortly before its official opening.
30 December 2009


A view of the Delegates' Lounge at UN Headquarters, stripped of its furnishings as the UN complex prepares for a large-scale renovation under the Capital Master Plan (CMP).
17 February 2010


The interim Security Council Chamber undergoes construction in the General Assembly Building. During the renovation of the Conference Building of the UN Headquarters under the Capital Master Plan (CMP), the Security Council Chamber and its associated rooms will be temporarily located in the General Assembly Building for approximately two years.
15 March 2010


The interim Security Council Chamber upon completion of its construction. During the renovation of the Conference Building of the UN Headquarters under the Capital Master Plan (CMP), the Security Council Chamber and its associated rooms will be temporarily located in the General Assembly Building for approximately two years. The horseshoe table is the original table.
29 March 2010


The dome of the General Assembly Building has been shrink-wrapped in plastic to prevent water from leaking into the General Assembly Hall, until the entire building is renovated under the Capital Master Plan from 2012 to 2013.
05 April 2010


A view of the 33rd floor of the Secretariat building of UN Headquarters, as renovations of the building proceed under the Capital Master Plan (CMP).The 33rd floor is the first floor in the Secretariat building from which all partition walls have been removed in the course of the renovation.
25 May 2010


A view of the 33rd floor of the Secretariat building of UN Headquarters, as renovations of the building proceed under the Capital Master Plan (CMP). The 33rd floor is the first floor in the Secretariat building from which all partition walls have been removed in the course of the renovation.
25 May 2010


Workers remove panels of the “War and Peace” mural, by famed Brazilian painter Candido Portinari, from the delegates entrance of UN Headquarters’ General Assembly building. The work is part of the Headquarters’ major renovation under the Capital Master Plan (CMP).
09 November 2010


Old windows are set aside at the UN Secretariat building where major renovations are underway under the Capital Master Plan (CMP).The 60-year-old original single-pane glass panels are being replaced with state-of-the-art double-glazed panels.
30 November 2010


New windows are installed on the façade of UN Headquarters’ Secretariat building, part of the major renovation of Headquarters under the Capital Master Plan (CMP).
03 December 2010


The façade of the UN Headquarters Secretariat building continues to undergo renovations under the Capital Master Plan (CMP) as 60-year-old original single-pane glass panels are replaced with state-of-the-art double-glazed panels.
01 March 2011


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