Aon Corp. announced the official opening of its new permanent offices in New York City, downtown at 199 Water St. and midtown at 55 E. 52nd St. The two new facilities will permanently replace those lost in the Sept. 11 attacks, which were located in the South Tower of the World Trade Center. 176 Aon employees died when the tower collapsed.
Aon Chairman and CEO Patrick G. Ryan stated: “There’s been a great deal of speculation on the resurgence of New York real estate by firms whose offices were destroyed at the World Trade Center. Aon is very pleased to be able to follow through on our promise to reopen offices in the downtown area and remain a significant presence in New York.”
The company said it had “reached an agreement with Resnick Seaport LLC in August 2002 to lease approximately 165,000 square feet of space at 199 Water St. in downtown Manhattan. Aon occupies floors 8-12 in the 35-story building, which overlooks the New York Harbor and South Street Seaport Museum.”
It also signed a lease in July 2002 “with Fisher Brothers for 270,000 square feet of office space at 55 E. 52nd St., commonly known as Park Avenue Plaza. The 44-story tower, located between Park and Madison streets, has been renamed the ‘Aon Center.’ Aon occupies floors 30-38.”
Aon said that “both offices feature memorials in memory of the 176 Aon employees lost in the World Trade Center attack. Two sets of crystal towers are displayed in the main reception areas. Granite plaques also list the names of employees who died on September 11, 2001.”