Our firm, as construction manager, performed a significant historical restoration for an 82-year old building in downtown Manhattan. For this three-phase project, which encompassed 14 stories, we worked closely with the client and architect to re-catalogue approximately 18,000 pieces of numbered limestone and sandstone masonry units. Work involved restoring the entire façade comprised of a sandstone and limestone and structural support steel. When the stone on the outside of the building, which has uniquely rounded edges, proved difficult to work around, the team immediately began to work on a way to resolve the issue. A testament to our innovation and ability to devise solutions “on the spot,” we designed a special repointing tool to overcome this problem. The tool was manufactured specifically for this project.
Working in Occupied Spaces
Not only was this building on the federal, state and local Registers of Historic Places, it was also occupied during the restoration. We adhered to all of the client’s standards and requirements for addressing project documentation and site security, which required all deliveries and loading dock access requests to be scheduled 24 hours in advance. To manage the high traffic volume and keep pedestrians and staff safe, a bridge was built around the exterior of the building along with scaffolding to protect those entering and exiting.