Though it remained an evocative symbol of Times Square’s golden age, the Hotel Langwell, a German Renaissance-style hotel, had lost some of its glimmers over the years. So when AKA Hotels acquired the storied property in 2008, it decided to undertake a top-to-bottom makeover. Agencie is the structural engineer for the project. The hotel transforms into a streamlined, contemporary look with a luxurious penthouse, roof garden, and additional guest rooms. Today, the hotel is distinguished as much by its design as its Times Square location and illustrious history.
The structural engineering involved extending the elevator shaft and replacing the elevator; this involved complex sequencing as the hotel operated during the elevator replacement. The renovation jazzed up the hotel’s iconic blade sign that rises atop the entrance marquee and graces the 44th Street frontage. Agencie engineered and attached the structure of the sign to the existing cast iron structure, with LEDs studing the sign.