Shepard Hall Reconstruction at CCNY

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As the largest project of its kind anywhere in the world, this $150 million dollar reconstruction of a 400,000 SF historic landmark is now in its final phase of completion. Shepard Hall opened in 1907 as the first building built for public higher education in New York. The reconstruction work has been performed for the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) acting as agent for the City University of New York (CUNY). Exterior work included rebuilding the entire building shell including replacement of approximately 72,000 different pieces of ornamental terra cotta with new durable thin-shell GFRC. Interior work included restoration of the 14,000 square foot Great Hall, ornate meeting rooms and interior stairs. The project has also restored the five major building entrances.

Research, design and construction was begun by The Stein Partnership in 1986. Between 1997 and 2006 Construction Document reorganization and Construction Administration shifted to Stein White Architects and Stein White Nelligan Architects; and since 2006, all work, including the design of the entry restorations, has been by Elemental Architecture. Throughout the project, Carl Stein has been principal-in-charge.

This building, now restored to its place as the centerpiece of the City University of New York’s main campus, has received wide recognition including the New York Landmarks Conservancy Lucy G. Moses Award and has been written about extensively. In 2011, the project was the subject of the keynote address at the international GFRC Congress in Istanbul, Turkey.

Project Data
Client: The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York + City University of New York
Project Size: 400,000 square feet
Construction Cost: $150,000,000 (all phases)
Services: Full Architectural Services
Completed: Ongoing

Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Headquarters

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This new high performance building will provide a regional administrative hub for the state agency charged with protecting and regulating environmental issues. The building is the DEC’s first designed under NYS Executive Order 111 and is projected to achieve a LEED “Gold” rating. The building makes extensive use of daylighting and direct solar gain with automated shading integrated with lighting controls. Materials are renewable, locally produced and make extensive use of recycled content. A pressurized raised floor and modular partition system accommodate future program changes with flexible power, data and HVAC distribution while eliminating most ductwork. DOE2 computer modeling indicates that the building will have energy savings of at least 42 percent when compared to a code-compliant or LEED baseline building.

Project Data
Client: NYS Department of Conservation Regional Headquarters
Project Size: 30,000 square feet
Construction Cost: $9,500,000
Services: Full Architectural Services
Complete: Project Suspended

South Jamaica Branch Library

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The first building designed and constructed under the NYC High Performance Building Guidelines, this 14,000 SF $3.1 million project includes rooftop light-monitors which provide indirect daylighting with automated shading and lighting controls, integrated direct solar gain and gravity exhaust systems. The project received the Committee for the Environment Top Ten Award from the national AIA and has been featured by numerous publications as among New York City’s first “green” buildings.

Research, design and construction documents were by The Stein Partnership and construction administration was by Stein White Architects, predecessor firms to Elemental Architecture. Carl Stein, FAIA was principal-in-charge throughout.

Project Data
Client: New York City Department of Design & Construction + Queens Borough Public Library
Project Size: 14,000 square feet
Construction Cost: $3,100,000
Services: Full Architectural Services
Completed: 1999

Great Hall at City College of New York

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The $12.8 million restoration of the 14,000 sf Great Hall was made necessary by deteriorated structural elements, a severely inadequate mechanical system and crumbling floors. The scope of work allowed the introduction of modern, state of the art acoustic and lighting systems which make the grand assembly space available for a wide variety of programs ranging from lectures and musical performances to commercial film and television shoots. The work also included the refurbishment of twelve sixty-foot stained glass windows, extensive repair of the elaborate decorative plaster and woodwork, and newly designed limestone floor and new control booth. The restoration received the Lucy G. Moses Award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

Project Data
Client: The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York + City University of New York
Project Size: 14,000 square feet
Construction Cost: $12,800,000
Services: Full Architectural Services
Completed: 1997

Earth Institure Center for Environmental Sustainability | Columbia University

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The Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability – EICES (formerly the Center for Environmental Research & Conservation – CERC) on the campus of Columbia University, is a consortium of Columbia University, the American Museum of Natural History, The New York Botanical Garden, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Wildlife Preservation Trust International.

This interdisciplinary education and research facility incorporates offices, laboratories, a library and rooftop research greenhouses. The design uses materials of low environmental impact and maximizes the use of daylight throughout the center. The three-level, 18,000 sf, $1.8 million project was featured on the cover of Interior Design magazine.

“In developing [EICES], we have blended a strong environmental theme with a new way of using academic space.” -Don Melnick, Executive Director

Project Data
Project Size: 18,000 square feet
Construction Cost: $1,800,000
Services: Full Architectural Services
Completed: 1997
Credits: Consulting Architects: BNK Architects; Photography: Paul Warchol

Combined FDNY & NYPD Facility

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Serving both the New York City Police and Fire Departments, the Combined Police and Fire Facility is a new building which incorporates two Landmarked 19th-century facades. The original fire headquarters required the replacement of all brownstone ornament with new cast stone. Sustainable features include the adaptive reuse of landmark facades and HVAC systems using scheduling controls and occupancy sensors. The project has received several awards including the Lucy G. Moses Award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy and New York City Art Commission.

Project Data
Client: The City of New York Department of Design & Construction + NYPD + FDNY
Construction Cost: $18,000,000
Services: Full Architectural Services
Completed: 1991

FDNY Rescue Company 1

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The headquarters for Rescue Co. 1 is home to the first fire rescue company in the United States. The project was executed within a highly compressed schedule following the destruction of the original headquarters when an adjacent building collapsed. The new headquarters includes salvaged and reinstalled stone and ironwork from the original Napoleon LeBrun facade. The design includes several specific features developed in conjunction with Rescue 1 including open showers and drains on the apparatus floor and overhead suspension of various pieces of large rescue equipment including their water rescue Zodiac boat.

Recognizing that the 25’ wide, three-storey building would be dwarfed by its neighbors, the deep articulated street facade with its central “1” cared into its cornice, was designed to provide a significant architectural presence for this important, historic civic institution.

Project Data
Client:The City of New York Department of Design & Construction + FDNY
Construction Cost: $3,200,000
Services: Full Architectural Services
Completed: 1988