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6 October 2016

HOK to Design Nasdaq’s Office in Philadelphia

The new workplace will promote collaboration while embracing the organization’s strong Philadelphia heritage.

Nasdaq has selected HOK to design its new 75,000-sq.-ft. officLorraine Fisher, director of interiors in Philadelphiae space in the FMC Tower in Philadelphia.

“We are thrilled to be working with Nasdaq on this important project,” said Lorraine Fisher, director of interiors in HOK’s Philadelphia office. “The design will evoke the rich history of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, which Nasdaq acquired in 2008, while highlighting Nasdaq’s cutting-edge use of technology. The dynamic and efficient planning solutions will promote collaboration and take advantage of the unparalleled views of Center and University City.”

The design concept features a contemporary coffee bar and lounge, paying tribute to the Philadelphia Stock Exchange’s 18th-century origins at the Merchants Coffee House in Old City Philadelphia. Additional references to Nasdaq’s legacy will include historical photos, environmental graphics and a commissioned art piece illustrating the Nasdaq timeline.

“We are exNasdaq logocited to be working closely with HOK on the design of our new office that integrates our culture, technology and history in Philadelphia into a productive and collaborative forward-thinking workplace,” said Tom Wittman, executive vice president and global head of equities, Nasdaq. “The location of the FMC Tower, combined with the latest workplace and technology infrastructure, will help us attract and retain top local talent.”

HOK is providing interior design and architectural services. Other team members include Bala Consulting Engineers (mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering), Thornton Tomasetti (structural engineering) and WatchDog Real Estate Project Managers (project management).

HOK’s project team is using advanced virtual reality (VR) technology throughout all phases of the design process, enabling Nasdaq to experience the space before it is built.