Reflections on the art and science of restoration, profiles of our projects, and discussions of issues in the profession.

December 16, 2019
Work the Problem
“If I had an hour to solve a problem I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.” Attributed to Albert Einstein, this quotation resonates with SUPERSTRUCTURES’ approach to solving restoration problems. It’s not that our solutions don’t get due diligence; it’s about a “measure twice, cut once” approach to reaching those solutions. Our extensive experience has taught us not to jump to conclusions, even when restoration challenges appear cut and dried. We believe that an open-minded approach and meticulous preparation is key, focusing on thorough investigation and precise documentation and drawings.
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December 8, 2019
This Day in History: December 8th—Designation of the Tribeca East Historic District
On this day in 1992, the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) designated the Tribeca East Historic District adjacent to SUPERSTRUCTURES’s current home in the separately landmarked AT&T building. The firm’s portfolio includes projects nearby within the historic district.
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December 2, 2019
Rust, but Verify
The problem that plagues most sidewalk vaults sooner or later is water infiltration causing corrosion of their steel elements. This degrades structural integrity and, if left unresolved, can lead to a sidewalk collapse. When a vault is inspected and corrosion is observed, it may appear that the steel requires removal and replacement. But in many cases, this damage is superficial and steel can be salvaged instead of scrapped. In our extensive experience restoring sidewalk vaults, we’ve developed various methods of rehabilitation that don’t require complete, costly reconstruction.
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November 18, 2019
Next Stop: Wall Street
As architects and engineers specializing in the preservation of New York’s buildings, we don’t just like to work on the City’s landmarks, we also like to work in them. For the past 13 years, SUPERSTRUCTURES has called the Art Deco environs of 32 Avenue of the Americas—the landmarked AT&T building—home. It’s been a good fit, but we’ve outgrown our Tribeca location and have decided to move to 14 Wall Street in mid-2020.
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November 14, 2019
This Day in History—November 14: Grand Opening of BAM’s Peter Jay Sharp Building
On this day in 1908, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) celebrated the opening of its new home at 30 Lafayette Avenue—now the Peter Jay Sharp Building—in grand style. In 2018, SUPERSTRUCTURES prepared a Conditions Report to guide ongoing restoration of this Brooklyn landmark.
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November 5, 2019
TOP JOBS: A Series of Profiles on SUPERSTRUCTURES Roof Projects 2
Our current project for the Queens College Fitzgerald Gym is a $10 million roof replacement which utilized a state-of-the-art membrane—its first application in a New York building.
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November 1, 2019
Newtown High School: From Flemish Revival to Gene Simmons
The New York Landmarks Conservancy's recent "Mystery Landmark" turned out to be familiar to us: Newtown High School, subject of our Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award-winning restoration in 2012.
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October 28, 2019
This Day in History—October 28: The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel
On this day in 1940, ground was broken on the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel (now the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel) which would link Red Hook, Brooklyn with the Battery on the southern tip of Manhattan. In 2006, SUPERSTRUCTURES conducted an investigation of the tunnel’s four ventilation buildings and provided design and construction administration services for the restoration of these structures.
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October 22, 2019
Coming Clean
Guy Mazza of Prosoco presented “Restoration Cleaning: Turning Back the Hands of Time” on October 16th. The latest seminar in our monthly continuing education series, his talk examined the dos and don’ts of the building cleaning process for about 90 clients and colleagues in our classroom.
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October 18, 2019
More Press for Carlyle Court
Kingspan, the maker of the Optim-R vacuum insulation panels used in our project for NYU's Carlyle Court, features the project as a case study on their website.
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