New headquarters for major league baseball

Wednesday 21 Apr 2010

NEW YORK based architecture firm Butler Rogers Baskett (BRB) in collaboration with exhibit/environmental design firm, C&G Partners, has re-designed the headquarters for Major League Baseball, the office of the Commissioner at 245 Park Avenue, including a new full floor with an executive conference center. MLB manages the day to day operations for professional baseball, including licensing, special events, legal issues, security, art and graphics, etc. for all of baseball nationally and internationally.

With ample space for meetings and events that were formerly held off-site, the new24,000 sq ft conference center encompasses expanded workspace; a 1,500 sq ft sub-dividable multi-purpose room with advanced audio-visual and teleconferencing capabilities, which can accommodate up to 299 people for staff meetings, team owner meetings and press conferences; and eight meeting rooms seating from eight to 24 people.

Throughout the conference center, design elements infer baseball references. Textures inspired by the sport—base-like fabrics, baseball stitching in leather panels, aluminum, steel, terrazzo and wood—combine to create unique interiors. Glass walls are etched with baseball statistics, changing seasonal displays showcase historic memorabilia from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., streaming videos reprise information from the MLB website; baseball news and headlines appear on LED tickers throughout the facility; carpet-and-terrazzo flooring recalls a grass-and-dirt baseball diamond, conference tables are made of ash, the favored wood for baseball bats, and 'billboards' with changing graphics decorate the multipurpose room.

The walls of the hallway leading from the reception area to the conference room showcase National and American League uniforms, which adorn heroic life-sized figures, standing hat in hand, as players do during the pre-game National Anthem; replacing their 'faces' are cogent facts and images of their home stadiums. In the conference center, a curved wooden wall— also made of ash and marked with horizontal bands of wood veneer recalling the lines and proportions of a scoreboard—traces the trajectory of a batted baseball; at various points, it is carved to form a 'dug out' for seating.

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