We’re honored that the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has entrusted SUPERSTRUCTURES with the design for restoration of the roofs on its Manhattan campus—roofs that protect billions of dollars of irreplaceable artwork.
On every project, we take our clients’ viewpoint by asking ourselves, “What if it were our building?” or “If it were our money, how would we spend it?” This professional perspective is part of why we’ve been retained for more exterior restoration projects than any other firm in NYC.
Two years before he published the seasonal classic, A Christmas Carol (1843), Charles Dickens visited New York for the first time. He published his impressions of the city in American Notes, including this remark on the restless rebuilding of Lower Manhattan: “Wall Street has furnished and dismantled many of [its spacious houses] very often…” Today, SUPERSTRUCTURES is in the business of restoring rather than dismantling.
We’d like to say prevention of problems is just common sense, but we’re not going to quibble with Einstein. In the world of exterior restoration, our approach is designed to anticipate problems. We don’t want to be improvising solutions to “surprises” while on the rig with the contractor.
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This observation from business thought leader, Peter Drucker* resonates with SUPERSTRUCTURES’ long-standing approach to restoration. Various practitioners offer building envelope restoration strategies (e.g., rebuild the parapet wall, replace flashing above lintels, reinforce corner steel columns). But execution is a different story.
Are SUPERSTRUCTURES’ construction drawings suitable for framing? Actually, some of them are. While clients aren’t interested in paying for works of art, they benefit from elegant drawings that are expressions of elegant solutions.
SUPERSTRUCTURES recently completed a roof replacement project for the Section O addition to Liggett Hall (Building 400) on Governors Island. The project for the Governors Island Trust included the complete replacement of the Georgian Revival-style building’s sloped and flat roofs, restoration of wood cornices and eaves, and structural wood repairs.
Congratulations to SUPERSTRUCTURES’ Associate Principal, Darsh Shah, PE (second from left above), for receiving an Honoree award from the SIAEA. The award was presented at the Society’s 40th Annual Gala on November 12th, along with an official citation from the Assembly of the State of New York in recognition of Darsh’s professional achievements.
If fleets of drones can be harnessed for architectural spectacles like these, we respectfully suggest that individual drones might be deployed to document 20-story facades of structures in New York City.