Multifamily Buildings with Multiple Design Criteria

Balancing user desires, operational needs, performance, and design

 Woolsworth building in NYC

Picture of the Woolsworth building in New York City

Many of the largest cities like New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco have older multi-unit apartment or condominium buildings that are in desperate need of renovation and updating.   Geberit was selected as the solution in the renovation of the 1913 Neo-Gothic Woolworth multi-family building that rises 60 stories in Manhattan.

The project manager installed in-wall toilet systems in all of the building’s 100 bathrooms, saving an average of nine inches of space per bathroom. The system combines the luxury the owners wanted with the practicality that renovators, maintenance professionals, facility managers and homeowners demanded.  Geberit’s in-wall system opened up more space in the bathroom by enclosing the unsightly toilet tank and other plumbing hardware inside the building’s walls. The sound-insulated tank also helped deaden the flushing noise.  The combination of a dual-flush plate and advanced flush valve save thousands of gallons of water every year.

Geberit was featured in the November 2022 issue of Architectural Record in the continuing education article / class for architects on  “Multifamily Buildings with Multiple Design Criteria” 

Multifamily living remains very popular across the country as reflected in rising rental rates and robust competition between properties. Designing living units means that they can be part of low-rise, mid-rise, or high-rise buildings that are either wholly residential or contain mixed uses. Construction materials, building envelopes, and enclosures can be selected from a wide range of choices. All these aspects need to come together in a manner that is appealing, durable, and competitive. At the same time, sustainability has become an expected attribute of building owners and occupants. This course delves into these issues with an eye toward some current options to help successfully achieve a balance between these multiple design criteria.

Class learning objectives:

Learning Objectives:

  1. Investigate the beneficial attributes to people of large-scale fenestration as balanced with energy and environmental efficiencies in multifamily buildings.
  2. Assess options for interior design that enhance wellness, innovation, and safety as applied to both private and public spaces in buildings.
  3. Explain the significance of properly used expansion joints and security grilles for building integrity and the safety of people and protection of property.
  4. Determine the options to incorporate in-wall plumbing fixtures to enhance cleanliness, health, and compliance with accessibility requirements in living units.


The complimentary class is still available online for specifiers to read and obtain CE credit at:


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