In approaching building restoration, SUPERSTRUCTURES subscribes to the spirit of 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.
For virtually every component of every project we do, we ask ourselves this question: What’s appropriate—restore or replace? 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. Our projects are consistently honored with Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards from the New York Landmarks Conservancy—the “Oscar” of the NYC preservation community.