HOK Makes a Distinct Statement with Bendheim Colored SatinTech® Etched Glass

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A brand new 450,000 sq. ft office complex – one that spans 10 floors and includes a cafeteria, technical center, meeting facilities, and a wide variety of office spaces – and at the same time, provides a great, friendly work environment. Just a few of the challenges Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc. (HOK) faced when designing new corporate offices for Marsh and McLennan Companies. The new site is located in Hoboken, New Jersey.

According to Rick Focke, Design Director for Interiors at HOK, “another challenge was to create a completely unique design for the complex, given that a sister building is located only fifty feet away. The goal for our team was to provide a new environment that enhances the workplace and is the only one of it’s kind – truly distinctive.”


Partner with the experts!
The design process has always been complicated. And this project wasn’t any different. Today’s construction projects demand speed and depend on the contributions of a reliable team. And partnering with Bendheim was a definite advantage.


As Steven Jayson, Vice President of S. A. Bendheim, points out “the company was founded in 1927 by our Grandparents, Sem and Margaret Bendheim, as an importer and distributor of specialty glass products. Today, we stock over a half a million square feet of clear textured glass – over 2500 different types! We understand the fundamental qualities of each and every glass, and know how to combine them to create the desired look and feel. We combine interlayers, textures, and colors to create entirely original effects, and strongly urge our customers to use us as a creative bank of knowledge, creating exactly the right product for the project.”


Bendheim simplifies the process, enhances creativity
As Kimberly Seigal-Rogan, Project Designer, notes “Bendheim’s staff was accessible, responded in a timely manner, and worked with us to find creative, practical solutions. The goal was to identify materials that fit with a wall system that accepted a standard glass size of approximately 1/4”, create the needed privacy, and also meet safety standards.


A visit to Bendheim’s New York showroom early in the design process helped us understand the full range of available glass colors and textures.” One of the sampled combinations provided just the right result – a more natural look, along with a real sense of quality and glass. “This streamlined the decision making process and we were able to develop the design based on what was realistic.”


Making a Mark
Bendheim’s SatinTech glass was laminated to machine antique glass (also referred to as drawn antique glass) in an assortment of colors, providing the ideal solution for the aesthetic and functional job specs. As Rick described, “it was critical that natural daylight flow into the far reaches of the office spaces. The machine antique product was a very good fit – a wide color palette and larger sheet sizes lent themselves to the interior partition design we had in mind.”


“When it comes to product knowledge and service, it’s very hard to beat Bendheim. We know that when Bendheim is involved, the job runs as it should.”
Thanks to HOK and Steelcase for use of project images in this article.
About Bendheim

Bendheim is one of the world’s foremost resources for specialty architectural glass. Founded in New York City in 1927, the fourth-generation, family-owned company offers a virtually unlimited range of in-stock and custom architectural glass varieties. Bendheim develops, fabricates, and distributes its products worldwide. The company maintains production facilities in New Jersey and an extensive showroom in New York City