Press Release


Jennefer Witter
The Boreland Group Inc.



New York's International Gem Tower a Perfect Fit for Prominent Precious Metals Company

NEW YORK, January __, 2014 – The Spector Group (www.spectorgroup.com), a leading metropolitan New York-based architecture and interior design firm, today announced that it has created a new world headquarters and sales center for Manfra, Tordella & Brookes, Inc. (MTB – www.mtbcoins.com), a premier precious metals wholesaler and retailer. MTB recently moved into its 17,000-square-foot location at the newly constructed International Gem Tower, 50 West 47th Street, in Manhattan's Diamond District.

"This location – at one of the city's newest, most prestigious towers and alongside other likeminded tenants – is ideal for MTB, so our challenge was to create a headquarters that was equally suited to its unique needs," says Marc Spector, AIA, NCARB and a principal at Spector Group. "The facility provides the highest possible levels of safety and security, yet is flexible enough to accommodate MTB's retail customers and international visitors and provide them with elegant, sophisticated surroundings." The carefully choreographed design includes a main office area, which can be entered only after passing through glass enclosed security vestibules, as well as private client retail transaction rooms around the space's exterior, all offering views of the New York City skyline. MTB's headquarters features a combination of old world décor and high-tech trading. This design aesthetic is evident in the handcrafted walnut wood walls, ornamental glass offices and conference spaces, equipped with trading desks and large screen monitors, which flicker up-to-the-moment prices of precious metals from around the world. Additional spaces include a modern café, large storage rooms and a state-of-the-art IT room.

As MTB's design architect and architect of record, Spector was charged with overseeing: programming and design development; concept and schematic design; coordination of construction documents; bidding and negotiations; construction and administration; and furniture design and procurement. Spector worked with EXTELL, the building's management company, and JRM Construction, the project's general contractor, as well as the in-house team at MTB, to deliver the space on time and within budget.

About Spector Group
The award-winning international architecture, master planning and interior design firm was founded 49 years ago by Michael Harris Spector FAIA, one of the industry's most respected figures. Marc B. Spector AIA, NCARB and Scott E. Spector AIA, his sons, today lead the company, which has offices in New York City, Woodbury, New York, Abu Dhabi, UAE and Mumbai, India. Ranked number six in 2013 by Crain's New York Business, the firm has affiliate locations in New Jersey, Miami, Florida, London, England and Jeddah, KSA. The firm has been featured in Investor's Business Daily, The New York Times, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones and a host of trade journals including New York Construction, GlobeSt.com, The Real Deal and Real Estate Weekly. To date, Spector Group has received over 100 awards from the American Institute of Architects and has completed over 1,500 projects in 12 states, five foreign countries and four continents.

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