BOCA Group Hired to Oversee Construction of La Palestra Health and Fitness within The Plaza Hotel

November 1, 2011

New York – BOCA Group, the nation’s No. 1 elevator and escalator and construction management consulting firm, with a specialty in construction project management, has been retained by La PalestraTM to oversee the construction of its premier health and fitness facility within The Plaza Hotel New York, a timeless landmark in New York City since 1907. Acting in liaison with La Palestra and The Plaza Hotel, BOCA Group is overseeing the construction of the new La Palestra facility in conjunction with renowned architects Frank Gehry and Davies, Tang & Toews L.L.C.

As the showplace of La Palestra’s unique preventative wellness approach, this new, high-end facility will provide individually tailored exercise programs as well as standard and alternative medicine services for La Palestra members, along with state-of-the-art physical fitness equipment for the use of residents and visitors.

“Many people know of our outstanding reputation as a leading elevator and escalator consulting firm, but our deep project management and construction experience also makes us ideally equipped to lead complex construction projects such as this new health and fitness center,” says Sam Sloane, principal of BOCA Group. “The Plaza Hotel is a beautiful landmark building, and we are pleased that La Palestra has chosen us to play such a crucial role in creating this high-end facility to serve its members as well as hotel guests and residents.”
BOCA Group is responsible for budgeting, scheduling and coordination of all construction activity, assembling engineers and subcontractors to ensure that the work is completed on-budget, on-time and in line with client and landlord expectations.

Architectural plans are complete, and construction of La Palestra at The Plaza Hotel New York is currently ongoing. The facility is scheduled to open in early 2012.


As America’s premier elevator and escalator consulting company, BOCA Group is the partner of choice for the biggest and best-known building owners and developers in America and around the world. The company’s primary services include elevator and escalator design, vertical transportation analysis, third-party inspections and testing, project management, maintenance specifications, and vertical transportation code consulting. BOCA Group also applies its project management expertise to lead non-vertical-transportation-related construction projects. Offering coast-to-coast and global coverage, unparalleled technical expertise and incomparable customer service, BOCA Group has built an unrivaled reputation for quality in the vertical transportation industry.


La PalestraTM Center for Preventative Medicine combines both standard and alternative medical practices with state-of-the art and time-tested fitness modalities and programs. A true hybrid, La Palestra provides programs that integrate comprehensive medical analysis and treatments with individually tailored exercise programs. The group also designs and personally oversees programs for acute rehabilitation, general health improvement, and athletic performance.

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