The building is equipped at the highest standard to support telecommunications companies, with twelve building generators that provide two megawatts of back-up power each.
The eleven floors host several data centers. 85 10th Avenue was constructed to operate independently for thirty days in the event of a city power or water interruption. Six hundred tons of chilled water are available per floor. Google officially grabbed 360,000 square feet of office space in this building a year ago. Google already occupies 3 million square-foot 111 Eighth Avenue, which it bought for nearly $2 billion in 2010. It also leases more than 300,000 square feet in Chelsea Market.
The most interesting thing in this building for me was the lobby. Lobby is not open to the public, but I was able to enter and make some pictures. The lobby features industrially inspired art. There are elements that were salvaged from demolished historic buildings. On the 10th Avenue side, there is a forest made up of old gas-lamp poles embedded in concrete, and on the 11th Avenue side, a tree made of steel bars, usually used to reinforce concrete. There was an excellent collection of models of the planes in the lobby.
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