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Two Tenants Take Space on 50th Floor of Empire State Building


RaySearch and BTS USA have both signed leases with Empire State Realty Trust at the public company’s Empire State Building on the 50th floor, Commercial Observer has learned. The remaining 2,077 square feet on the floor, which is pre-built, is vacant.

Sweden-headquartered RaySearch, which develops software used in radiation therapy of cancer, took 12,800 square feet and BTS, a global professional services firm, signed for 11,600 square feet, at the iconic 102-story, 2.8-million-square-foot skyscraper at 350 Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and West 34th Streets. Their leases are each for 10 years with an asking rent of $72 per square foot, according to a spokeswoman for the landlord.

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Both tenants will move in this summer. At the Empire State Building, RaySearch will be opening its first New York City office for its U.S. headquarters and BTS will be relocating from smaller digs at One Grand Central Place, the ESRT spokeswoman said.

Dan Schwartz and Peter Rosenlow of Winslow & Company represented RaySearch in the lease negotiations. JLL (JLL)’s David Dusek and Simon Landmann of JLL worked on behalf of BTS in its deal. Shanae Ursini of ESRT represented the landlord in-house for both transactions along with JLL’s Paul Glickman, Jonathan Fanuzzi, Kip Orban and Harley Dalton. No one from Winslow responded to a request for comment and nor did JLL’s spokesman.

Thomas P. Durels of ESRT said in a prepared statement that the tenants opted for the Empire State Building because of its “worldwide brand recognition and urban campus amenities.”

Those amenities include a 15,000-square-foot tenant-only fitness center and a tenant-only conference center, as per CoStar Group.

Other tenants in the 1,454-foot building include 80-year-old architecture company Corgan in 11,500 square feet on the 54th floor and Vanguard Construction & Development Co. in a 15,150-square-foot sublease with Yahoo for part of the internet giant’s space on the 55th floor.

Update: This story has been edited to reflect that RaySearch and BTS USA have leased part of the 50th floor.