BMW North America has chosen Jarmel Kizel Architects and Engineers Inc. for the redesign of its 205,000-square-foot corporate U.S. headquarters, in Woodcliff Lake.
The redesign will make the office denser and more efficient by eliminating private offices and replacing them with modern workstations. The office redesign market has been slower since the recession.
“It’s an important, high-profile project for us,” said Matthew B. Jarmel, principal. “We’re very proud to be selected.”
The full-service architecture and engineering firm, based in Livingston, will provide space planning, interior design, code analysis, building system review, existing conditions surveys and construction documents.
The redesign will use a post-and-beam system, rather than traditional panels, which will allow the workstations to occupy less space. The adjustable posts also can allow the heights of the workstation partitions to be customized, according to Jarmel.
“It allows you to scale down the size,” he said.
Ron Funderburk, of BMW, said in a statement released by Jarmel Kizel that the corporation is excited about the transformation of the office space, adding that initial feedback from employees has been positive. BMW has occupied the headquarters building since 1988.
Jarmel Kizel was selected based on its reputation “as well as its expertise in maintaining daily business operations throughout the entire design and construction period,” Funderburk said.
Jarmel and Ritu Sohal are managing the assignment for the firm, which also is designing interior renovations for AGFA and Oticon. New York-based Ferzan, Robbins & Associates LLC has been named project manager.