High-tech Hudson Yards a showplace for CRE connectivity
Velstar International, a global technology solutions provider, announced the deployment of a fully redundant, dual-path internet network into 555 West 25th Street in New York City.
Owned by MacTaggart Family & Partners (MFP LP), this building is a six-story, pre-war loft building in the West Chelsea Art District offering tenants a broad range of technology amenities in partnership with Skywire Networks.
MFP said it has made a significant investment in the building’s elevator system, common-area upgrades, surveillance and access security, as well as fiber-based, high-speed Internet, data and voice services.
Launched by the Bloomberg administration in partnership with New York City Economic Development Corp., Wired Certification is a standardized rating system designed to identify, evaluate and certify commercial buildings with the most reliable Internet connections.
Buildings that meet or exceed the official set of standards developed for assessing Internet services in commercial buildings are awarded one of four levels of Wired Certification: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Certified. 555 West 25th Street’s Platinum level Wired Certification was achieved through various partnerships that upgraded the telecommunications infrastructure of the building to meet current and future tenant needs for Internet, voice, data networking and managed IT solutions.
“Our goal is to provide high-quality amenities and services to our tenants, and we knew that achieving a WiredScore Certification was critical to that effort in attracting emerging technology, advertising, media and information technology (TAMI) companies that require reliable, high-speed Internet services,” said Ken Wentworth, EVP for MFP LP. “Velstar was instrumental in identifying best-in-breed network providers to help us achieve our Platinum level Wired Certification. We recognized their capability to deliver highly reliable fiber and redundant fixed wireless Internet connectivity into our building so that our tenants can choose from a wide variety of secure, reliable and redundant network services.”
“Skywire Networks is one of the only network providers in NYC that offered a fully redundant network consisting of both terrestrial fiber and fixed wireless Internet connectivity,” said Tony Ruggieri, Managing Partner of Global Sales at Velstar. “Their team delivered on their promise and had the building connected in just a few days, versus customary installation that can take weeks or months to complete. Skywire’s commitment and professional project management of this seamless installation provided favorable tenant feedback as well as a very positive experience for building management.”
Alan Levy, CEO at Skywire, said: “We work closely with our channel partners and building owners to identify buildings that have poor Internet and diverse connectivity. Skywire proposed network solutions that best fit the building and its tenants’ needs.”
Skywire Networks is an Ethernet provider in New York City, with more than 650 lit buildings, 37 distribution hubs, and a footprint of over 39,000 commercial buildings.