In approaching building restoration, we subscribe to the Hippocratic Oath: “First do no harm.”
As architects and engineers specializing in exterior restoration, we maintain a broad focus. At one end of the spectrum, we need a sense of architectural history, and a familiarity with archaic materials and construction techniques. At the other end, we couple this knowledge with a palette of solutions, often involving technology and materials not even dreamt-of when the subject building was originally designed.
We’re constantly asking ourselves the question: What’s appropriate – restore or replace? We ask ourselves this question for virtually every component of every project we do. The answer involves a balance among considerations that sometimes compete with one another: historic authenticity, technical performance, longevity, expense, product availability, construction inconvenience, and potential disturbance of hazardous materials, to name a few.
We must be doing something right. During each of the past six years, one of our projects has received a New York Landmarks Conservancy Lucy G. Moses Award, the “Oscar” of the NYC preservation community.