United Nations

Secretariat Refurbishment
United Nations Secretariat - Conference Table



The United Nations Secretariat, a 39-story iconic building houses more than 4,000 users and originally completed in 1952, was refurbished, as part of the multi-year, $2.15 Billion, United Nations Headquarters Renovation, to enhance energy efficiency, to rationalize workspace on each floor and to accommodate advanced technology.

Facilities in the Secretariat include the Secretary General’s office and personal conference facilities, two floors of videoconference enabled meeting rooms, the UNOCC Crisis Briefing Center, the press briefing room and media production areas for UNDPI and facilities for the external media.  The project included a complete floor of audio production studios but the functions provided by an advanced media asset management system and the inclusion of multipurpose studios in the Conference Building rendered these facilities unnecessary and resulting in substantial savings for the project.


  • Outfitted a world class, technology-connected boardroom fitting for the UN Secretary General
  • Reduced equipment cost by adopting a technology reuse strategy
  • Eliminated some of the existing studio facilities through use of appropriate technologies


  • Technology Program Development
  • System Design and Documentation
  • Architectural / Engineering Design Support
  • Implementation Oversight


  • Audiovisual Systems
  • Videoconference Systems
  • Audio and Video Studios
  • Press Conference and Debriefing
  • Press/Media Distribution Systems
  • IPTV
  • Media Asset Management
  • Client: United Nations Capital Master Plan
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Project Type: Public Sector
  • Facility: Office Space
  • Architect: HLW