Nokia Corporate Headquarters
Harrison, NY

Nokia wished to house some of the major corporate headquarters functions near Wall Street, including the CFO of this global corporation. Syska Hennessy Group was selected through competitive bid for the engineering design of both their Interim Space (52,000 sq. ft.) of fast-track construction as well as for their long term Headquarters (100,000 sf).

The selected site was an existing building in Harrison, NY, which had been vacant since 1996. After review of the existing structure was completed it was decided that in order to achieve the ceiling heights and floor loading required for Nokia, it would be less costly to raze the existing building and build new on the same footprint.

Further complicating the design, the existing building had been part of an office park, and the chillers and boilers which provided cooling and heating to the existing building were housed in a building across the street and those umbilical cords had been cut 8 years ago. Therefore, the building required all new gas, domestic water, telecommunications and electrical utility services from the street.

Significant technological features of the project included: Carbon Dioxide Monitoring to improve indoor air quality; adjusting outside air quantities to adjust for occupancy.

Emergency Generation and UPS: The critical server and technology rooms are provided with conditioned power through a single modules UPS and continued service through power outages with the emergency generator.

Ceiling Heights: Even though a new building was built, the floor to floor heights were restricted since the overall height of the building could not exceed that of the existing building. Mechanical, plumbing and electrical engineers worked closely with the architect and structural engineer to achieve 9 to 10 ft. ceiling heights throughout the office space.

Daylighting Design: The lighting designers and electrical engineers worked closely to achieve the ASHRAE 90.1 recommended lighting energy allowance while providing aesthetically unique interior spaces. The design also incorporates daylighting design features with dimmable ballast which reduce the light output from the perimeter fixtures base upon photocells.

Lighting Design to Match Natural Elements: The architect created themes within the building (riverbed/wind/forest/sky/rock); the lighting designers were challenged to match the moods and highlight and accentuate these features. Feature walls and technology exhibits are sprinkled throughout the space as the building itself is a showcase of Nokia's heritage and technical leadership.

Fire Protection: The building was fully sprinklered and provided with a state-of-the-art addressable fire alarm system and smoke exhaust system; all monitored by the Building Management System.

Building Management System (BMS): The BMS controls all mechanical equipment, monitors electric energy consumption and monitors critical infrastructure systems. The Computer Room AC Units, UPS system and emergency distribution system are continually monitored by the BMS and alert Nokia staff of any alarm. The BMS was also an important tool in our commissioning effort, simulating different seasons and design conditions and validating the sequence of operations.

Commissioning: Syska Hennessy Group is acting as the Commissioning Agent for the building systems. Working closely with the Construction Manager we ensured the performance of the designed systems met the design intent and that Nokia's operations personnel were properly trained for the ongoing maintenance of the building.

Reduced Water Consumption: High efficiency fixtures reduced water consumption by 20% below Energy Policy Act 1992. This was accomplished using water control devices on sink and lavatory faucets, and auto-sensing electronic controls.

Social and Economic Considerations Nokia's Global building design guidelines establish sustainable design as one of the primary goals for their real estate portfolio as well as their manufacturing processes. With that in mind, pursuing LEED® certification for their first US Corporate Headquarters was a natural fit.

From the original concept and master plan the budget was always a prime concern. Throughout the project, costs were continually analyzed and the final result was that the project met the Owner's expectations for their budget and ongoing operating and maintenance costs.

Complexity:Delivering a high performance building was critical to Nokia's definition of success, so although many of the systems are not visible to the occupant, this building has a reduced effect on the environment (reduced water and energy consumption; recycled materials) and has tangible benefits for the employees, day-lighting strategies and improved indoor air quality through CO2 monitoring.


152,000 sf