New York -- The Shed at New York City’s Hudson Yards has emerged as one of the most important additions to the cultural landscape since opening in April. Durkan hosted an exclusive after-hours event there for more than 200 guests in town attending BDNY. The flooring manufacturer, a division of Mohawk Group, brought together architecture, design, and hospitality professionals for an evening of socializing and unwinding from the annual trade show. Together they experienced a dynamic presentation featuring three architects responsible for recent innovative projects.

In addition to exploring the most talked about construction for the arts since Lincoln Center, special guests interacted with the masterful custom flooring that Durkan produced for the eighth-floor, Tisch Skylights. Rockwell Group, which collaborated on the architecture for the project, specified wide-plank solid white oak hardwood composed into a unique configuration for the 7,500-square-foot rehearsal and event space. Each day natural light pours in from two skylights and floor-to-ceiling window banks that face the Hudson River and the now-iconic Vessel centerpiece.

Headlining the evening’s program, “Gathering Places: Buildings That Foster Creativity and Conversation,” were Rockwell’s Greg Keffer, partner and studio leader, along with Anne Marie Lubrano, partner, Lubrano Ciavarra Architects, and Adam Rolston, managing and creative director of INC Architecture & Design. Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, editor-in-chief of , served as moderator. While much of the discussion focused on The Shed, Lubrano’s work for the TWA Hotel at JFK and Rolston’s for the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge also were featured.

“The selection of The Shed for the evening’s backdrop was unique, unusual, and intriguing," said Kathy Kesler, interior architect and president of Miami-based Interspace Design Group. "The venue is all about the arts and is such a remarkable piece of engineering. Durkan could not have selected a better location to showcase these projects. Having three different areas to network and learn in this beautiful space was a unique concept with social integration and a great way to end our first day of BDNY.”

David Duncan, senior vice president of sales at Durkan, who helped facilitate the flooring installation at the Hudson Yards structure, added, “The Shed is a great source of pride for all involved because of its unparalleled place on the cultural scene as home to every type of art—music, dance, theater and the visual arts. It was critical that the architecture and interior design be a match to this higher purpose, and so we feel extremely privileged to have Durkan product play such an integral part of the built environment.”

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