Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Inside the Design of One Hudson Yards

Andre Kikoski Architect integrates art and artisan works into the site's luxury rentals.


A new neighborhood is going up on the west side of Manhattan. Hudson Yards, a 28-acre mixed-use development that spans from West 30th to 34th streets along the Hudson River, is an engineering feat in the city. Capping an active railyard, the site creates buildable land where there wasn’t any before, and developer Related is filling it with offices, shopping, residences, and public art. Recently, the 33-story One Hudson Yards (by architect Davis Brody Bond) began renting luxury apartments on the south side of the site, adjacent to the elevated High Line park. With art-filled interiors, punchy amenities, and bespoke materials, it makes sense that the building’s interior designer has history with the art world. AD sat down with Andre Kikoski (whose previous work includes the Wright restaurant at the Guggenheim Museum) to talk living with color, integrating nature through materials, and luxury living.
Architectural Digest: Your firm is known for its luxury residential work, but this project is unique in that it’s not working with much neighborhood context. How did you get involved in the project?
Andre Kikoski: One of the early pieces that seemed to resonate in our portfolio with Related was our work at the Guggenheim, the Wright restaurant, and in fact, in one of the early meetings with the team when we had our kickoff, Related said to us: Because this is at the end of the High Line and the northern edge of the west Chelsea art district, we kind of see this as having an integration of art and architecture in the project. So, I think there was a very specific philosophy about what this building was going to be and our work thus far really seems to dovetail perfectly into the vision.
AK: I think so. We always love art in our work and integrating art. In the pieces that we’ve worked on, the collector’s residence at 1 Madison Park, the Guggenheim, our work is really about spaces in which art can be enjoyed, appreciated, and integrated. It’s part of our DNA. As I like to say, the very first poster that I bought when I was a kid was not a Ferrari or a guy sitting in a chair—you know, the famous Maxell poster where his hair is blowing from the music—the first poster I bought was a Mondrian print at the National Gallery.
AD: What artworks have you integrated into the interior design of the building?
AK: There are a dozen pieces of art throughout the building. We have two pieces by the Belgian artist Michele Francois in the lobby; one is a sculpture called Squiggle, which is a line drawing in three dimensions. There’s also a piece of his called Instant Gratification where he is throwing molten bronze into a large vat of water. He’s taking cups of bronze that are 3,500 degrees and throwing them into water so they cool and glob onto other vessels that he’s deposited in there. And curiously, when he produces that piece in the U.S., he does it in the same place as our foundry for the walls we had made for the lobby. We have walls in the lobby that are also poured bronze, and that’s also happening at the same place where he works. Yeah, it’s cool; it’s what we’re all about: It’s bringing everything together to create this experience that is unlike anything else.
AD: The lobby walls sound like artworks unto themselves. Can you talk a little bit about the building’s finishes and where you’ve found the artisans?
AK: The lobby has, as I mentioned, a 26-foot wall of panels of silicone bronze. They are poured in a foundry individually; each one is unique. This is done in a fine art foundry where they have been creating art for Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, Yoko Ono, the best and the brightest and everyone you can imagine, and we commissioned them to create architectural surfaces. The silicon bronze is poured over sheets of linen and as the linen vaporizes, it burns a pattern in the tooth of the linen onto the bronze. . . . Also in the lobby we have an incredible light sculpture. I don’t want to call it a chandelier because it’s so much more than that, by the tech glass company Lasvit who work with a master craftsman in Bohemia. . . . I think there are just short of 400 components of glass and because there’s this theme of nature in our building, the proximity to the High Line, these could be understood as leaves. They are sort of interesting parallelogram, organic shapes. They’re essentially 400 small pieces of glass in different tones of clear and amber; some have silicon mica in them; some have gold mica embedded in them. You have this incredible texture and beauty to it.
AD: We’re very excited to see color in the model apartments. What kind of residents were you imagining when you were designing these spaces?
AK: We had an idea about hypersuccessful people who want the best in life and who have the best in life, who also value convenience and ease. Related has been very clear in saying, these are rentals, but they exceed the luxury and the built standards of most condos. We believe there is a group of people who just don’t want to be bothered with buying a property, going through an 18-month renovation, meeting with the architect for six months before that. So that’s who we’re creating these spaces for. . . . And for us, color is essential. Life isn’t black and white. Life’s not in tones of taupe and gray. New York is a city of boldness and richness.
AD: Do you have a favorite piece of furniture in the model units or amenities spaces?
AK: I would live in any of these apartments. I would gladly make the lobby my living room. There are so many things that are extraordinary. The master bedroom in the three-bedroom unit has a beautiful 12-foot-long headboard that we made. It has Loro Piana linen upholstery interspaced with hand-rubbed bronze accents in a sort of musical notation vertical patterning in a beautiful frame. Love that piece. The living room in the one-bedroom apartment has a vintage armchair from the 1950s that we re-covered with tie-dyed velour that we bought in Paris. Love that piece. There’s a huge comfortable couch in the lobby that we custom-designed that is almost a work of architecture in its own right. In the end, we love everything in there; there's no compromise.
Posted August 22, 2017
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The Guardian Difference....Part 2!

“Part of what we do in our social media is to identify trends in our industry and talk about them,” says Matthew Bressler, Vice President, Lighting &Window Maintenance.


“We feel that many clients want to be associated with a forward-thinking approach, with a company that not only provides superior service, but also values its human assets.”

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Friday, August 25, 2017

The Guardian Difference ---- The Mann Report

“We’ve been a success in our business since 1918, serving commercial buildings, government buildings, residential communities, commercial facilities, schools, industrial facilities, transportation hubs, and retail outlets. Today we have over 1,000 clients and maintain over 110 million square feet throughout the Northeast.



But no one has known about it! It was time to get us greater exposure.” The speaker: Sandy Herzfeld, Chief Executive Officer and Principal of Guardian Service Industries, and a member of the third generation to manage the company. The solution, he comments: “We are in the midst of rebranding ourselves, using today’s media to raise our profile.”

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#MannReport #GuardianSince1919

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Guardian Employee & Customer Mantra

A new thrust in expanding Guardian’s talents took place earlier this year with the addition of Lyn Bressler, Human Resources Manager, to the company’s staff. With her brothers, Matthew and Jeremy, Lyn represents the fourth generation of the Bressler family in the company. “I am working on developing our new personnel system, where people can apply for jobs on-line, and information goes directly into a computerized database.” Lyn, in addition, has become part of Guardian’s “people response” to inquiries from clients.

Lyn Bressler 
“When they call with a question or problem,” she says, “we don’t want them to have to go through a variety of automated systems and be plac ed on hold. When they call, they get Alan, they get Sandy, they get me. They get the owners or the family of the owners. It’s part of the Guardian culture.” “Part of what we do in our social media is to identify trends in our industry and talk about them,” says Matthew Bressler, Vice President, Lighting &Window Maintenance.

“We feel that many clients want to be associated with a forward-thinking approach, with a company that not only provides superior service, but also values its human assets,” says Jeremy Bressler, Vice President, Operations. Alan Bressler sums up: “Every single blog, every single posting on social media -- they all come back to who we are and what we do. They come back, too, to what we hope to continue doing – serving our clients with superior service -- for a long time to come.”

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Friday, August 18, 2017

REBRANDING THROUGH MODERN MEDIA

“We’ve been a success in our business since 1918, serving commercial buildings, government buildings, residential communities, commercial facilities, schools, industrial facilities, transportation hubs, and retail outlets. Today we have over 1,000 clients and maintain over 110 million square feet throughout the Northeast. But no one has known about it! It was time to get us greater exposure.” The speaker: Sandy Herzfeld, Chief Executive Officer and Principal of Guardian Service Industries, and a member of the third generation to manage the company. The solution, he comments: “We are in the midst of rebranding ourselves, using today’s media to raise our profile.”



“Not everyone is aware that we offer a full line of services,” says Alan Bressler, Chief Operating Officer and Principal. “We started off with window cleaning and janitorial services -- and many of our customers have known us for only that. But we have expanded through the years, and today we offer a complete facility solution including Janitorial Services, Security Services, Engineering & Operations, Pest Control, Lighting and Electric, Window Cleaning, Concierge/Front Desk Ambassador, and Marble, Metal and Wood Restoration. Guardian has been constantly evolving and expanding -- and we felt that it was time to also expand in the way we tell our story and vision. We saw that we needed more outlets for the purpose.”

Adds Alan: “Sandy’s contacts, my contacts, they are part of a generation that grew up with traditional media, particularly print. The world has moved on: there’s a new generation throughout the industry now and we want to be where they digest their media.”

“When I joined Guardian in July, 2014,” says Kristopher Patterson, Director, Marketing & Digital, “all I saw was a firm that provided janitorial services. When I went on their web site, that’s all I saw as well. Yes, that’s an important part of what we do and who we are -- but what goes into it? How do we incorporate the many underlying issues, such as green cleaning, conservation, smart engineering? How do we take the concept of ‘janitorial’ and communicate its many aspects? How do we make the subject bigger, more relevant, than most people are aware of?

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Guardian Exterminating Services Is Green Shield Certified

What is Green Shield Certified?

Green Shield Certified is an independent, non-profit certification program that promotes practitioners of effective, prevention-based pest control while minimizing the need to use pesticides.
Because our approach addresses the underlying cause of pest problems, it is more effective than conventional spray-intensive services. Green Shield Certification is available to qualifying pest management providers and to buildings, facilities and programs where our standards are attained.
Green Shield Certified is recognized by other leading green programs and offers transfer of credits against their programs:
  • Green Shield Certified is one of two national certification programs that qualifies for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Affordable Housing Preservation’s Mark-to-Market Green Incentives Program.
  • Green Shield Certified is recognized by the US Green Building Council as a qualifying certification for pest management companies contracting with LEED-certified facilities, and is recognized in the IPM credit requirements for LEED v4.

An integrated approach to pest management

Green Shield Certified uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which is a proven, cost-effective strategy to combat pest problems without unnecessary pesticide use. By correcting the conditions that lead to pest problems and using approved pesticides only when necessary, IPM provides more effective pest control while reducing pesticide use.

Reducing pesticides where we live, work and play

Spray-intensive pest control approaches may make pests go away, but don’t address the root of the pest problem. IPM focuses on long-term, preventive strategies to combat pests. Actions such as improving sanitation practices, installing door sweeps to keep out mice or insects, and fixing leaking plumbing to remove access to water can all reduce the number of pests and prevent pests from coming back. Knowledgeable professionals thoroughly inspect your property and carefully monitor for pests.
Years of research show that IPM is economical and often more effective than conventional pest control measures:
  • 95% reduction in cockroach infestation and allergen contamination in low-income housing after initiation of IPM services.
  • 93% reduction in pesticide use in federal government buildings by using IPM techniques over 10 years.
  • 50% reduction in roach populations documented by an IPM intervention in a public housing facility, versus no significant reduction in a control group over six months.
  • 30% decrease in public building and grounds pest management costs when one city switched to IPM in 1996.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Meet Guardian's very own Charles LoBosco!

Meet Charles LoBosco, Guardian's Senior Vice President! When you make Guardian your facility solution provider, you get the opportunity to partner with Charles LoBosco an industry veteran with +29 years’ experience as a facility services executive who brings a wealth of knowledge, leadership and expertise!

Isn't it time you experienced the Guardian difference?

About Guardian Security

Guardian Security is among the top-rated security services companies in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut providing highly trained security guards and patrol officers to a wide array of industries and in many different settings. Our security guards frequently work in commercial buildings, residential communities, hospitals, schools, transportation hubs, and government agencies.
At Guardian, you get a “Security program” and not just a “Guard”. We pledge all of our company’s resources toward the successful operation and protection of you and your property.

Regardless of what industry you’re in or what you need to protect, we can provide professional security personnel to meet your needs. Contact us today for and let us give you the peace of mind you deserve — both now and in the future — with a custom tailored security solution that protects the people and properties you care about most.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Guardian Service Industries - A Green Cleaning Leader In Higher Education

With a rich heritage in servicing educational campuses, you can trust our highly qualified and experienced team of custodial professionals to meet your unique requirements. With your input, we develop a customized plan for cleaning and servicing each campus building including residential dorms, athletic facilities, research labs, classrooms, administrative offices, student recreation centers, health services, dining halls, etc.

We offer a qualified, professional workforce combined with proven university maintenance processes and leading-edge technology.
At Guardian we understand the scale of operations at large universities.  Our teams can work around your varied and long hours of operation in science labs and lecture halls.  Our staff also work very efficiently by only keeping lights on in the classroom or lab where they are currently cleaning, helping to reduce electricity costs.
Additionally, we are an environmentally sustainable full service facility solution provider delivering a single source for services, including:
We specialize in provide subject matter expertise, management and staffing in all areas of facility management and deliver to customer –
  • CIMS Certified & LEED Certified Experts on Staff
  • Customized cleaning services to meet your specific needs
  • Comprehensive Proprietary Green Cleaning Training & OSHA Training
  • Customized unarmed and armed security services to meet your specific needs

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sports & Entertainment

Guardian provides janitorial and facility maintenance services to stadiums, arenas and event centers. Our staff works effectively and efficiently to clean and sanitize your entertainment venue’s restrooms, common areas, food vending areas and more.
Guardian uses only USDA approved cleaning products and disinfectants for your food vending areas. We can also handle any size hard floor maintenance jobs with our auto scrubbers. Additionally, Guardian also provides best in class carpet cleaning for your entertainment venue’s executive suites and box suites.
Additionally, we are an environmentally sustainable full service facility solution provider delivering a single source for services, including:
We specialize in provide subject matter expertise, management and staffing in all areas of facility management and deliver to customer –
  • CIMS Certified & LEED Certified Experts on Staff
  • Customized cleaning services to meet your specific needs
  • Comprehensive Proprietary Green Cleaning Training & OSHA Training
  • Customized unarmed and armed security services to meet your specific needs

Friday, August 4, 2017

What Are The Benefits Of Working With Guardian?

Work Somewhere You Love

Wherever and however Guardian fits into your career path, our belief stays the same: don’t just work somewhere, work somewhere you love. Explore our career areas A to Z to learn more, and you can even meet a few of the passionate people who make up our team!

Let’s Get Together

When people say, they love their building, residential community, school, etc. they’re usually talking about how clean it is and how secure they feel. So depending on the building their talking about Guardian. Why? We keep their spaces green cleaned, pest free, secure and operating seamlessly. That experience is one of the things that sets our brand apart. And it’s made possible by the people who work for Guardian who create amazing experiences for our clients every day. If you love brightening someone’s day, join us!

Technology

We’re committed to innovation, especially when it comes to digital. We’re continuing that momentum by investing big to improve our digital innovation and experience. That’s where you come in. Join us and learn how to leverage technology. We’d love you to join us and learn alongside us!

To Your Benefit

Sure, working somewhere you love is what’s most important, but we know your benefits matter, too. We’re fortunate enough to offer some of the best in the industry, with competitive pay, insurance coverage, career mentoring and lots of other great perks. If you’d like to join, we’ve got details.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Guardian Security Services

Guardian Security is among the top-rated security services companies in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut providing highly trained security guards and patrol officers to a wide array of industries and in many different settings. Our security guards frequently work in commercial buildings, residential communities, hospitals, schools, transportation hubs, and government agencies.
At Guardian, you get a “Security program” and not just a “Guard”. We pledge all of our company’s resources toward the successful operation and protection of you and your property.
Regardless of what industry you’re in or what you need to protect, we can provide professional security personnel to meet your needs. Contact us today for and let us give you the peace of mind you deserve — both now and in the future — with a custom tailored security solution that protects the people and properties you care about most.
Guardian offers a broad range of custom commercial and residential security services, including:
  • Uniformed and unarmed security services
  • Background checks and screenings services
  • 24/7/365 Dispatch Center
  • Security trained support personnel
  • Workplace violence solutions
  • Mobile and foot patrol

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Window Cleaning

Guardian is one of the largest, fully insured and licensed window washing companies servicing the region since 1918; we carry excess liability umbrella insurance and statutory workman’s compensation insurance.
We are fully qualified to advise you on the best methods and frequency needed to sustain the professional standards you want to project. We use modern equipment and technology and all of our window cleaning services adhere to a strict observance of all health and safety regulations.
Additionally, all of our window washers are state certified professionals expertly trained to provide the safest and most cost-effective method of window cleaning to ensure the highest quality of service possible for all of our commercial, residential, institutional, schools, retail, transportation hubs, etc.

Commercial Window Cleaning

Guardian window cleaning specializes in commercial window cleaning throughout the Northeast.
Up and down interstate 95 the skyline is high with tall spectacular buildings with a huge number of windows. It is rather difficult to find cost effective, green and efficient ways to clean them, especially from the outside. Our highly skilled team has almost 100 years of experience providing exceptional service, using the latest technology and state of the art equipment. Our window cleaning services range from small residential blocks to large high rise commercial corporate buildings in the heart of the city.
Our wide range of cleaning methods ensures that no job is too big or too small. We use abseiling, traditional ladders, and the reach and wash water fed pole system. This high-tech equipment allows us to reach excessive heights from the safety of the ground. It allows us to carry out an efficient and effective service, all within health and safety boundaries. Furthermore, these methods ensure minimal disruption in the workplace and most importantly save your business money.
Guardian window cleaning employs a highly-experienced workforce, all our employees have extensive experience in commercial and business window cleaning and have worked on some of the most difficult and demanding buildings. Additionally, all our workers are continuously trained in health and safety procedures, particularly when working at height, and are regularly tested at company level by our in-house OSHA Trainer.
Guardian window cleaning guarantees you a smear free finish offering beautiful results. We cover all of the Northeast and its surrounding areas. So why not give us a call or fill out our enquiry form with your details. Whatever your requirements, we will offer you a no obligation free quote. Let us take care of your commercial and business window cleaning needs!

Residential Window Cleaning

Guardian window cleaning is a professional company specializing in residential cleaning services in high-rises and communities.
Do you find it difficult cleaning those hard to reach areas? Are your windows looking grim from the exterior? Do you need to bring life back to your windows? Are your residents complaining about their dirty windows?
As the leading residential window cleaners in the Northeast, our dedicated and highly trained staff has almost 100 years of experience. They are highly skilled, highly trained and carry out a professionally high standard finish to your windows.
No building is too big or too small for us. We will meet your requirements and clean all your windows. We can also set up a schedule that suits your requirements whether that be every 2, 4, 6 or 8 weeks or even on a one-off basis.
We use the latest high tech equipment the water fed pole system, which means we can clean your windows without the need to use ladders. This minimizes health and safety risks and ensures your windows get a good thorough and smear free shine.
Guardian window cleaning concentrates on providing the best window cleaning service possible to all our clients.