Horizon Media Expands NYC HQ For Hiring Spree

Horizon Media has outgrown its digs.

The media agency is expanding its footprint in its New York office to encompass 362,000 square feet across more than seven floors. When all of its renovations are completed, the office will have space to accommodate more than 1,000 employees.

In the 12 past months, Horizon has hired more than 400 employees and continues to seek new talent as it wins business -- like LG Electronics -- and expands its service offerings.

The agency now occupies approximately one-third of the total office space of One Hudson Square, making Horizon Media the largest tenant in the building.

“We looked at other spaces in Manhattan to accommodate our expansion, but we have such a special place here. At 75 Varick St., we’ve created a space that our people love, and we wanted to build on that.” says Vinnie O’Toole, executive vice president, chief operating officer/chief financial officer, Horizon Media.

The agency is partnering with Architecture Plus Information and Reidy Contracting Group to ensure this space is employee-friendly.

Horizon asked its employees to submit ideas for their ideal “Dream Space” before construction began, with viable ideas incorporated into the 15th floor design. These suggestions included a massive 1,000-gallon aquarium and the creation of a more natural, organic environment with foliage, stones, sand and cacti all integrated into the design.

The additional square footage also features a boardwalk with surrounding café tables and several conference rooms. The space already has folks taking notice. The design was honored with the “Best Interior” award by the 2016 American Institute of Architects earlier this year.

Construction will now commence on the 11th and 12th floors. These two floors will feature high ceilings, oversized windows, panoramic views on all four sides and sprawling terraces.

This growth isn't just happening on the East Coast. “We are in preliminary design phase of expanding our LA space by an additional 24,000 square feet," says O'Toole. "The plans include a full floor, located directly below our current office space in Century City."

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