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10 Jay Street

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10 Jay Street

Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY

  • owner / developer

    Glacier Global Partners, Triangle Assets

  • phase

    Schematic Design, Design Development, Design Assist, Construction Documents

  • architect

    ODA

  • system/type
  • status/type

The project combines our diverse expertise in Historic Preservation and in new building envelope design. The existing 1897 sugar refinery will be converted into Class A office space, its three historic brick facades fully restored. The north facade will take on a faceted design of glass and steel which evokes the industrial past of the site. SURFACE DESIGN worked closely with ODA to provide masonry restoration and window replacement detailing for the landmarked facades as well as a detailed parametric 3D model of the new north facade. Moving into the Design Assist phase, we continued to advise ODA and the selected manufacturer in developing and standardizing the complex elements of the north facade into a unitized design.

20 Washington Road

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20 Washington Road

Princeton, NJ

  • owner / developer

    Princeton University

  • phase

    Bidding/Performance Mock-up/Construction Administration and Observation

  • architect

    KPMB Architects

  • system/type

    Historic Preservation/Adaptive Use/Curtain Wall

  • status/type

Originally constructed in 1928 to house Princeton’s Frick Chemistry Laboratory, this Collegiate Gothic structure has been re-imagined as the home for the University’s Economics and International Studies programs. The scope of work includes the replacement of existing windows with new heritage steel windows as well as new additions of modern glass curtain wall penthouse and courtyard glass atrium infills that will create common spaces and lecture facilities.

SURFACE DESIGN was engaged by the University to assist in the procurement, performance mock-up and installation of the new curtain wall facade system. We are currently performing observation services for the heritage window, curtain wall and roofing systems installations.

23-10 Queens Plaza South

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23-10 Queens Plaza South

Long Island City, NY

  • owner / developer

    Property Markets Group

  • phase

    SCHEMATIC DESIGN THROUGH CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION & MONITORING 

  • architect

    SLCE ARCHITECTS

  • system/type

    UNITIZED WINDOW WALL

  • status/type

    IN PROGRESS

23‐01 42nd Road is a 47‐story tower with over 300 residential rental units, located in the emerging neighborhood of Hunter’s Point in Long Island City, New York. It features an acoustically‐improved glass and aluminum unitized window wall system. Our services include full consulting from schematic design through construction administration, an Exterior Wall Bid Package with material quantities and weights, and BIM Enclosure Model.

50 West Street

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50 West Street

New York, NY

  • owner / developer

    Time Equities

  • phase

    SCHEMATIC DESIGN THROUGH CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION & MONITORING  

  • architect

    Jahn Architects

    SLCE ARCHITECTS

  • system/type
  • status/type

    In Progress

This 64‐story residential tower is located in downtown Manhattan near the World Trade Center. The architect’s design called for an elegantly proportioned facade which allows for stunning views and features large, textured stainless steel spandrels, operable vent panels, within a graceful curving form. The corners of the building have single‐curved, insulated glass units spanning from floor to ceiling, which are double height on some floors.

Our services included full consulting from Schematic Design through Construction Administration, including a BIM Model cataloging panel types, sizes, and quantities. Site Monitoring on this project began in the third quarter of 2014 and are currently ongoing.

88-90 Lexington Avenue

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88-90 Lexington Avenue

New York, NY

  • owner / developer

    HFZ Capital Group

  • phase

    SCHEMATIC DESIGN THROUGH CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION & MONITORING

  • architect

    Workshop APD

  • system/type

    Restoration / Unitized Curtain Wall

  • status/type

    In Progress 

88 Lexington is a circa 1918 17‐story former hospital turned apartments, clad in limestone with copper roofing. 90 Lexington is a 13 story late 1960’s apartment building with an existing curtain wall clad in limestone. SURFACE was engaged to assist the owner in window replacement and restoration of the existing historic 1918 façade as well as recladding the existing late 60’s curtain wall.

240 Centre Street - Police Building

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240 Centre Street - Police Building

New York, NY

  • owner / developer

    240 Centre Condominium

  • phase
  • architect

    Hoppin & Koen (1905)

  • system/type
  • status/type

    In Progress, from 1996

Designed in 1905 as the first Police Headquarters for all five Boroughs of New York City, this Beaux Arts inspired building demonstrated the power and strength of the Police force. In 1986 the building was converted into luxury apartments. SURFACE DESIGN has managed the ongoing maintenance and repair of this iconic domed structure. SDG developed an overall repair and restoration master plan for the building’s exterior. Implemented restoration scopes include the restoration of the copper dome and clock faces, terra cotta masonry restoration, and terrace waterproofing. Recent work includes repair to terra cotta at the dome colonnade damaged in an earth tremor.

250-South-Street

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250-South-Street

New York, NY

  • owner / developer

    Extell

  • phase

    SCHEMATIC DESIGN THROUGH CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION & MONITORING

  • architect

    Adamson

  • system/type
  • status/type

    In Progress

SURFACE DESIGN worked to develop a green roof storm water retention system to mitigate runoff from the building. Due to its close proximity to the FDR Drive, acoustic performance was a key issue in selecting glass and designing the facade. The exterior wall features articulated sloped glass, Muntz metal panels, and a point‐supported cable net glass system at the lobby. In addition, SURFACE DESIGN provided detailed analysis of the facade’s thermal performance.

443 Greenwich Street

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443 Greenwich Street

New York, NY

  • owner / developer

    Metroloft

  • phase

    Historic Landmark Preservation/Adaptive Use/Construction Administration

  • architect

    Cetra Ruddy

  • system/type
  • status/type

This 19th century former book bindery has been redesigned to house 53 luxury apartments. Mahogany tilt and turn windows custom made for the project fulfil the requirements of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, mimic the aesthetic of the original double hung windows and provide the high performance required of today’s building envelopes.
SURFACE DESIGN was engaged in the construction phase of the project to provide Quality Control/Quality Assurance for the window installation, storefront installation, custom movable glass walls at the new penthouse addition, as well as the roofing and waterproofing installation. With construction in progress, we are monitoring window installation & assisting in the shop drawing phases of the storefront and roofing systems.

477 Broadway

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477 Broadway

New York, New York

  • owner / developer

    477 Realty LLC

  • phase

    Condition Survey, Construction Documents

  • architect

    Tina Tapinekis, RA

  • system/type
  • status/type

    Completed

Located in the SoHo Landmark Historic District, the street facades of this SoHo cast iron building were heavily deteriorated with many missing cast iron pieces. As part of the restoration, the cast iron facade elements were carefully catalogued unit by unit. Each one was tagged and replicated in kind. Over 30 layers of paint were stripped to bare metal and primed. A paint analysis was conducted and paint color was matched. The paint from the cornice was also stripped; deteriorated units replicated, installed and painted. The original double hung windows were replaced and replicated in mahogany.

Xavier High School

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Xavier High School

NEW YORK, NY

  • owner / developer

    COLLEGE OF ST. FRANCIS XAVIER

  • phase

    SITE SURVEY, CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS, CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION

  • architect

    VARIOUS

  • system/type

    HISTORIC PRESERVATION

  • status/type

    COMPLETED 2008

Xavier High School is a campus of education buildings circa 1850's to 1960's, located in the heart of Chelsea. We were engaged to restore many of the historic buildings, for example, the replication of the West 15th Street copper cornice along with parapet reconstruction, terra cotta repair, facade cleaning and maintenance.

Another example is a facade restoration in the quad; the paint coating was removed from the facade, mortar joints were cut and pointed, isolated face brick replaced and original wood window moldings and brownstone elements restored. Through a creative and cost effective use of materials, we were also able to replicate the patina green copper standing seam roof. These projects adhered to a very tight schedule while the students were enjoying summer break.

555 10th Avenue

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555 10th Avenue

New York, NY

  • owner / developer

    Extell

  • phase

    SCHEMATIC DESIGN THROUGH CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION & MONITORING

  • architect

    SLCE

  • system/type
  • status/type

    In Progress

This 52‐story tower will contain 598 luxury rental apartments in the developing Hudson Yards area. The building is designed with two tons of glass, stainless steel accent panels, and vertical metal fins that race up the facade. At the crown of the tower, horizontal fins will be illuminated at night and join the lights of the Midtown skyline. SURFACE DESIGN is currently providing full consulting and monitoring services, including shop monitoring during fabrication and in the field while installation occurs on site.

920 Broadway

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920 Broadway

New York, NY

  • owner / developer

    Walnut Point Realty

  • phase

    Assessment, Construction Documents & Site Observation

  • architect

    Moed de Armas & Shannon

  • system/type

    Masonry

  • status/type

    Completed 2015

SURFACE DESIGN engaged in a full scope of façade restoration services of this Flatiron District Landmark, providing assessment of the existing masonry which has undergone various alterations. In some areas these changes left the building without its original cornice and decorative terra cotta capitals at the top of the 3 story base. We prepared full scope construction documents and performed shop inspection for replacement glass fiber reinforced concrete units and site observation of all masonry work. We worked with the Architect of Record on building envelope issues with regard to the new fiberglass cornice (FRP), storefront alterations and architectural lighting. Work was completed in early spring 2015 in time for the new commercial tenant opening.

Central Park Tower

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Central Park Tower

New York, NY

  • owner / developer

    Extell

  • phase

    SCHEMATIC DESIGN THROUGH CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION & MONITORING

  • architect

    Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill

  • system/type
  • status/type

    In Progress

Central Park Tower is a super‐tall mixed‐use tower (retail & residential) designed as the tallest building in North America. The proposed structurally‐glazed aluminum curtain wall system utilizes double wide glass modules, a point‐supported glazed atrium spanning over 100 feet tall and a horizontal steel supported lobby wall with vertical silicone joints.

Our services include full consulting from early Schematic Design through Construction Administration, an Exterior Wall Bid Package with material quantities and weights, a BIM enclosure model, and monitoring services.

Faria Lima Plaza

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Faria Lima Plaza

São Paulo, Brazil

  • owner / developer

    VR Empreendimentos

  • phase

    Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, Construction Administration

  • architect

    KPF

  • system/type
  • status/type

    In Progress

Located along Avenida Bridadeiro Faria Lima in São Paulo, this 22-story office tower has structurally glazed, unitized aluminium curtain wall with offset glass in two planes within each panel and a 3 meter ‘fly-by’ panel at each corner. The lobby contains a 17 meter tall inward sloping glass wall supported by vertical and horizontal steel members varying in depth and clad with stainless steel panels. Our services included full consulting from schematic design through Construction Administration, an Exterior Wall Bid Package with material quantities and weights, and BIM Enclosure Model.

One Wall Street

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One Wall Street

New York, NY

  • owner / developer

    MACKLOWE PROPERTIES

  • phase
  • architect

    Robert A.M. Stern ArchitectsSLCE Architects

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    IN PROGRESS

One of the great examples of Art‐Deco style in Lower Manhattan, this 1931 Landmark designed by noted architect Ralph Walker is the original headquarters for the Irving Trust Bank. The Landmark will be transformed into condominiums and rental apartments. SURFACE DESIGN developed a scope of work for the restoration and cleaning of its monumental limestone exterior as well as the roofing and waterproofing of more than 30 setback roofs and terraces. SURFACE DESIGN is the consultant for the replacement of existing historic double hung windows, the restoration of historic monumental windows in bronze and extruded aluminum, and the restoration of the priceless mosaic tiled bank reception room at the ground floor.

Patio De Maritima

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Patio De Maritima

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • owner / developer

    Tishman Speyer

  • phase

    Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, Construction Administration

  • architect

    Foster + Partners

  • system/type
  • status/type

    In Progress

This two-phase project includes 20 stories of prime office space and retail at the ground level with a generous plaza. The building seeks to have a low environmental impact, and the overall form and exterior wall design were driven by studies that optimized solar angles and thermal performance. The building envelope required creative technical solutions to achieve the architect’s performance and aesthetic goals within the Brazilian market and budget. Our services included full consulting from early schematic through Construction Administration, an Exterior Wall Bid Package with material quantities and weights, and a BIM enclosure model.

Chau Chak Wing Building for Business Studies

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Chau Chak Wing Building for Business Studies

Sydney, Australia

  • owner / developer

    University of Technology, Sydney

  • phase

    Design Development, Construction Documents, Construction Administration

  • architect

    Gehry Partners

  • system/type
  • status/type

    Completed 2014

This project began while AJ LaBelle was at Gehry Partners, and later he remained on the job as a consultant after the formation of SURFACE DESIGN. Our services included consulting from Design Development through Construction Administration. Frank Gehry’s vision for this project featured a sculptural brick facade that appeared to be folded and wrinkled. Traditional brick-laying techniques could not achieve the desired effect, but through extensive parametric modelling studies in Digital Project, we worked with the architect to develop a new application method for a heavily-corbelled hand-laid brick. By providing systematically rationalized geometry and accurately calculated member sizes and quantities, the contractor was able to build a performance mock-up that achieved the design intent.

B32

Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • owner / developer

    Faria Lima Prime Properties

  • phase

    SCHEMATIC DESIGN THROUGH CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION

  • architect

    Pei Partnerships

  • system/type

    Unitized Curtain Wall System

  • status/type

    ON HOLD

This 28-story office tower has a structurally glazed, unitized aluminum curtain wall system with integrated aluminum sunshades that vary in length depending on orientation and sun angle. The corners have laminated glass with a flood coat ceramic frit and stainless steel panels integrated into each corner unit. At the ground floor entrance lobby, there is a cable net wall with cast stainless steel patch fittings and point supported fittings that support laminated glass panels. The sliding glass door entrance door portal is clad in stainless steel. Our services include full consulting from design development through CA, an Exterior Wall Bid Package including material quantities and weights, and a BIM enclosure model.

Torre Catalina

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Torre Catalina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • owner / developer

    Consultatio Real Estate

  • phase

    Consult, Design, Testing, Monitoring

  • architect

    Arquitectónica

    BMA

  • system/type
  • status/type

    Completed

Part of the redevelopment of the Buenos Aires business district, this office building towers above the area’s skyline with a total of 33 floors. The facade was designed to modulate around the torqued superstructure and remain as one homogeneous exterior skin. The façade design assist as well as the verifying tests were performed from our local office in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Torre Libertador

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Torre Libertador

Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • owner / developer

    RAGHSA

  • phase

    Consult, Design

  • architect

    Mario Roberto Alvarez + Asociados | Alvarez – Bernabo – Sabatini

  • system/type
  • status/type

    In Progress