Google Looks to FITCO for Installation
FITCO has been working diligently to offload and install thirty trailers of new office furniture from Teknion, the Canadian manufacturer of fine modular systems furniture, for Google. Google, the world’s leading provider of innovative search technologies that connect millions of people around the world with information every day, is headquartered in a historic building at 111 Eighth Avenue in New York City. The site consists of an entire city block in a building once controlled by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. It was built for port freight and had huge elevators that were capable of bringing entire trucks to each floor of the building.
In the mid 70’s – Jim Barnes of FITCO moved Bonwit Teller, a department store, out and J.P. Morgan record center into the same building. Then in the 90’s he moved J.P. Morgan out.
“The site has re-invented itself constantly. FITCO even built a Banana Republic store on 8th Avenue in 2001 for the “Gap” Builder Fisher Construction Company. Mr. Barnes told us FITCO has changed with the times and offers many services to its clients. FITCO was selected by Furniture Consultants Inc. to install over 1,100 Teknion workstations for Google using their proven 15 step method,” said Larry Duffy.
“Our FITCO team uses a 15 step process when con- ducting an installation of this size. This process and our years of experience allow us to plan for and complete projects like this in a seamless manner for clients like Google. From establishing a job site checklist that consists of: loading dock conditions, access for oversized furniture, staging areas, eleva- tor sizes, removal, wall and floor protection materials, list of responsible parties who will sign for the furniture when deliv- ered, to attending project meetings with general contractors, we are prepared every step of the way,” said Jim Barnes.
FITCO INSTALLATION - “15 STEPS” 15 Steps to a Successful Installation Establish job site checklist consisting of: loading dock conditions, access for oversized furniture, staging areas, elevator sizes, removal, wall and floor protection materials and list of responsible parties who will sign for the furniture when delivered. Review critical plan to verify that the furniture placement coordinates with the location of the electrical devices. Locate core drill and base feed location for General Contractor and Architect/Designer approval. Verify critical field dimensions prior to installation. Ensure documentation on all electrified furniture is transferred from the manufacturers and furniture dealers and distributed to the appropriate vendors Prepare installation plans including coded furniture plans, workstation drawings, seating charts, etc. File certificate of insurance with the building management Attend project meetings to coordinate with General Contractors’ trades such as electricians, carpet installers, and telecommunications consultants. Provide client with delivery and installation schedule. Reserve loading dock and freight elevator. Arrange a walk through with client, Architect/Designer Contractor and FITCO to review the status and conditions of the space prior to deliveries. Tag areas at job site for staging and installation of furniture. Properly manage all deliveries and installations to ensure maximum efficiency and high installation standards. Remove all floor and wall protection. Create detailed punchlist. Obtain sign off for completed installation.
Advance Moves Weight Watchers International
Weight Watchers International recently moved its corporate headquarters from 175 Crossways Park West, in Wood- bury, to the series of corporate buildings at 300 Jericho Quadrangle, in Jericho. Weight Watchers former offices were very large, and and Louis met with the Weight Watchers representatives to plan every step of the process and determine schedules that would leave business uninterrupted. “This project was straightforward and included a wide variety of office equipment, furniture, computers and office contents. This was really a huge operation, and we completed it in one weekend. We had about 50 movers working on 35 truckloads of contents. We started Friday night, finished Saturday, and Weight Watchers International was operating at full capacity Monday morning,” said Advance Vice President of Sales Anthony Parziale. Weight Watchers International Human Resources and Fa- cilities Manager John Morr added, “We felt we were in good hands with Advance from the beginning. They came in for the planning sessions, and they were totally prepared with a plan of action ready to go. Both Anthony and Louis were awesome to work with. Their professionalism and ability to execute such a large project in a small amount of time was incredible,” added Morr. moving to a smaller headquarters allowed the company to save on overhead costs. Weight Watchers International was looking for a space that would fit them better. Their former location was simply too large and their operations weren’t as Weight Watchers new International Corporate Headquarters at 300 Jericho Quadrangle streamlined as they could be. The company found a solution with a less expansive office in Jericho. The new location has also allowed Weight Watchers to save significantly on rent and reorganize operations. Louis Gonzalez was the Advance project manager for the Weight Watchers relocation. The Weight Watchers project, like most corporate relocations, was an intricate process. The relocation effort required six weeks of planning prior to the move. Anthony Parziale, Advance’s Vice President of Sales, 3