Empire – The Store

After visiting the observatory at the Empire State Building, you can complete your journey and find the perfect souvenir at Empire – The Store. The renovated 3,000 square foot HMSHost gift shop is conveniently located on the 80th floor and has exclusive gifts as well as facts and interactive imagery to educate visitors about the landmark. The two key considerations for this renovation project were durability and style. This iconic building receives over 4 million visitors a year, so a highly durable floor was absolutely necessary.

Keeping with the Art Deco style of the building, a multi-colored floor design was created that mimicked the architectural shapes in the ceiling and wall sconces. Custom medallions were drawn by Centiva’s in-house custom cutting team and cut using ultrasonic cutting technology. The designers for the project wanted to build upon the rich history of the original building design while providing a new palette of color and material. The vast color range of Centiva’s handmade Victory Series–Magics tile aided in making this design possible. From start to finish, this entire floor was Made in the USA.

In 2009, The Empire State Building announced a sustainability program to reduce its carbon footprint and be more energy-efficient, making it the global model for retrofitting existing buildings. The Empire State Building achieved LEED® Gold for existing buildings certification in 2011, making it the tallest LEED certified building in the USA. Centiva flooring is FloorScore® Certified, 100% recyclable, made with zero production waste, and contributes to LEED® credits.

HMS Host Corp., Bethesda, Md.
David Lloyd Maron Architect, P.C., New York
Custom Floor Design in Victory Series, Magics
Peter Field Peck, New York