How could the WBG impact a $60mm AVENUES - THE WORLD SCHOOL? by Gabriel Messuti

The Whalen Berez Group has a standard of work ethic that is no less than “above and beyond”. I will give anyone considering the WBG my utmost recommendation as a source for furniture, fixtures, and equipment. The network they have developed over the years for sourcing furniture and millwork is extensive - giving them a distinct advantage in providing a wide range of options for all of your project’s needs.
— Lauren Bedell, Chief Administrative and Operating Officer, Avenues The World School

Project: Avenues - The World School is a planned international system of private schools for pre-K-12th grades founded on the premise that its parents were partners in building a new community by H. Christopher "Chris" Whittle, an American media & education entrepreneur and chief executive officer of Avenues.

Location: 259 10th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Scope of Work: Avenues invested $60 million in design and construction to convert a Cass Gilbert-designed, landmark building in Chelsea into a state-of-the-art school facility. Internationally-known and experienced architects (Perkins Eastman), interior designers (Bonetti/Kozerski) and engineers (STV) were brought on to achieve this transformation.

The Challenge: Avenues had a $5 million FF&E budget to furnish the entire building. With 10 floors and 215,000 square feet, creative solutions were needed in order to achieve the interior designers vision for each of the unique spaces in the school. 

The Solution: Avenues hired The WBG as a consultant to assist with the design and procurement of all interior furniture and finishes. The end result is that the project was completed on-time and at a total cost of $3 million...$2 million under budget. 


The New York City Ballet Has A New Champagne Bar and you should pay a visit immediately! by Gabriel Messuti

Taking in a performance of The Nutcracker this season? Start your evening with a glass of champagne at the newly installed Ruinart Champagne Bar at the David H. Koch Theater. The oldest champagne house in the world—founded in 1729 by a Benedictine monk—and the renowned dance company have joined forces to make your cultural outings a little more festive. As the first official champagne of the NYCB, Ruinart will be available for all performance-goers in the lobby, along with being served at the organization's special events. We really can't think of any combination more elegant than world-class ballet and bubbles. Cheers!