Located on New York City’s West Side, St. John’s Terminal has epitomized an entirely new generation of nature inspired design in high-performance, tech-enabled, modern workplaces with a focus on employee health and happiness, and surrounding community enrichment.
In 2018, Oxford acquired the St. John’s Terminal development site highlighting the historically significant freight terminus of the High Line. We saw opportunities in its epic scale and reimagined its industrial past and immense historic infrastructure as an opportunity to facilitate the evolving needs of a more functional, holistically collaborative and effectively biophilic workplace, while ensuring connectivity to the immediate neighborhood. We believed its legacy as an anchor of New York City would stand as a foundation for its future.
The best workplaces enhance performance, instigate innovation, and support the whole person while attracting and retaining the world’s best talent. St. John’s Terminal’s original structure enabled this, and our team’s commitment to future-forward design evolved it to a new place, uniquely positioned to disrupt – and weather disruption to – the traditional office experience. So it’s no surprise that the site attracted one of the world’s most innovative companies, Google, to sign their largest lease in history – the largest lease ever, in Manhattan – and ultimately, to exercise its option to purchase the building in Q4 of 2021. The sale won “Deal of the Year” at Commercial Observer’s 2022 Power Awards.