Contract Magazine Profiles West Elm’s Corporate HQ

Contract Magazine profiles this transformative renovation project on which Mc Gowan served as General Contractor for the build-out of retail giant West Elm’s corporate headquarters in historic DUMBO, Brooklyn.

While the furniture retailer West Elm had established its headquarters years ago in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, it only recently moved into a new, dynamic location that fits its aesthetic within the same neighborhood: the Empire Stores.

A series of former industrial warehouses along the East River waterfront, the Empire Stores consists of seven structures from the 1870s and 1880s that sat largely abandoned for decades before a redevelopment by Midtown Equities that began in 2013. Listed by the National Park Service as a historic site, all facades and architectural treatments of the Empire Stores had to follow strict standards in the renovation completed by Studio V Architecture of New York. A glass-enclosed atrium space was inserted, and the structures were connected for a mix of uses.

Contract is the premier U.S.-based magazine for architects and interior designers focused on commercial interiors. Read the article in its entirety here.

View the West Elm project details, photos and video here.