A Century of Visionary Development
We are passionate about real estate, and committed to outstanding outcomes for our customers, partners and communities. Founded in 1928 in Manhattan, Rockefeller Group traces its roots to Rockefeller Center, a singular and visionary project that continues to inspire our nearly century-long commitment to the development of extraordinary properties and the creation of exceptional experiences. Our team is driven by the idea that quality in the built environment can positively shape lives at home, at work and in our communities.
Mission & Vision
To develop, own and operate extraordinary properties, delivering exceptional experiences and financial performance while creating value for our partners, customers and communities.
To enhance human well-being through our passion for real estate and the built environment.
In all that we do, Rockefeller Group is guided by five principles that underpin a commitment to work worth doing.
A Love for People. A Love for the City
This underpins our business and guides our vision of improving people’s lives and the cities where they live and work. We work hard at work worth doing.
Integrity & Fairness
These are the hallmarks of our brand and reputation, embodied by our employees and reflected in our relationships with colleagues, clients, partners and the communities where we work.
In all of the properties we develop, own or manage, the details matter.
We value a diverse workforce, and an equitable workplace, where all team members have the opportunity to realize their full potential.
We’re future focused with ambitious goals for growth. We anticipate change and embrace opportunities for continuous improvement.
Ownership & Development
Today we own and manage approximately six million square feet of premier office space in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, one of the world’s largest and most vibrant office districts. Through seven regional U.S. development offices we have approximately 14 million square feet of new projects in planning or under construction in multiple asset types, including multifamily, industrial, office, and data centers. The company is part of the Mitsubishi Estate Group of companies, one of the world’s largest real estate investment, development and services groups.
1928On December 6, 1928, John D. Rockefeller Jr. incorporates the Metropolitan Square Corporation (today Rockefeller Group).
1931Construction workers raise a Christmas tree, starting what would become a famous annual tradition in Rockefeller Center.
1955The last building in the original Rockefeller Center complex is completed, four years prior to its expansion across Avenue of the Americas. It receives universal acclaim as a masterpiece of uplifting urban design.
1959The former Time & Life Building is completed, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, the first of five additions to Rockefeller Center to the west side of Sixth Avenue between 1959 and 2001.
1973Rockefeller Group completes three more towers on the west side of Avenue of the Americas, nearly doubling the size of the original Center.
1978Rockefeller Group expands to New Jersey to begin development of the International Trade Center, a 7-million-square-foot business park and pioneering foreign trade zone.
1979Rockefeller Group Development Corp. is formed, expanding the company’s development business beyond New York City to projects in New Jersey, Detroit, Phoenix and Los Angeles.
1990Mitsubishi Estate Co. Ltd. (MITEY) acquires a majority interest in Rockefeller Group, the start of a long-term partnership that has grown and endured for more than three decades.
2001The development of 745 Seventh Avenue completes Rockefeller Center, with more than 21 interconnected buildings totaling approximately 20 million square feet.
2007The company sells its majority stake in global brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield to Italy’s IFIL S.p.A., the investment arm of the Agnelli family. Rockefeller Group acquired C&W from RCA in 1976, and helped take it global.
2008The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs selects Rockefeller Group to build an 84,000-square-foot medical office building in San Diego, Calif.
2012Rockefeller Group and Liv Communities form a joint venture to develop luxury multifamily rental communities in the rapidly growing Phoenix market, with more than 1,800 units developed to date.
2012Rockefeller Group completes the BASF Building at The Green at Florham Park, the company’s premier mixed-use development in New Jersey. The building achieves LEED Platinum certification for core and shell, and interiors.
2014Rockefeller Group begins the renovation of 1221 Avenue of the Americas, with its lobby and side-street plazas designed by MdeAS Architects. The removal of non-structural steel enables more natural light, and commissioned murals by Mark Bradford become a focal point.
2017A joint venture of Rockefeller Group and Stiles completes the development and sale of Amaray Las Olas, a 30-story luxury apartment tower in downtown Fort Lauderdale, reshaping the skyline and introducing an amenity-rich lifestyle just one block from Las Olas Boulevard.
2018Rockefeller Group expands to the Mid-Atlantic, opening its first office in Washington, D.C., following successful completed investments downtown and a 2017 joint venture with The Meridian Group to co-develop Boro Tower in Tysons, Va.
2019Rockefeller Group Logistics Center in Piscataway, N.J., opens with only the second WELL-certified U.S. industrial building and the first in the world to achieve LEED Platinum and WELL Building certifications.
2019Rockefeller Group substantially completes a $600 million redevelopment of 1271 Avenue of the Americas. Designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, the redevelopment dramatically improves views and light with a new glass curtain wall and restoration of the landmarked lobby.
2021Rockefeller Group opens Rose Hill, its first luxury residential tower in Manhattan. The 45-story, full-service condominium brings 123 residences and an exceptional suite of amenities to the historic NoMad neighborhood.
Work with Us
Our projects have proven the power of real estate to improve lives while creating long-term economic and civic value. We apply our talent, experience and financial stability to create opportunities for exceptional experiences. Our people define our competitive advantage through their knowledge, experience and values, and a commitment to continuous improvement. If you share a dedication to excellence, and a passion for real estate, reach out to learn more about working with us.