SuperScript

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

June 1, 2020
Please Dont Print This Post!
Fans of “The Office” may recall Dunder Mifflin’s ironic tagline: “Limitless paper in a paperless world.” Like many firms, SUPERSTRUCTURES became accustomed to collecting a lot of paper, helping to keep the Dunder Mifflins of the world in business. But the pandemic and our upcoming move to 14 Wall Street has encouraged new thinking when it comes to the accumulation of drawings and records.
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May 21, 2020
A RADical Idea
This overly literal dog owner makes a good point: Words alone leave room for misunderstanding. A drawing, on the other hand, could make the same point without ambiguity. In our business, misinterpreting specs in narrative form can cause costly mistakes and delays. That’s why we developed our RAD (Restoration Assembly Detail) tag system and draw every detail to be employed on a project.
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May 17, 2020
This Day in History: May 17th—The Alexander Hamilton Custom House and Cass Gilbert
SUPERSTRUCTURES is proud to have been selected by the United States General Services Administration (GSA) to perform Architect-Engineer services for water infiltration remediation at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, a National Historic Landmark designed by Cass Gilbert.
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May 6, 2020
Frost Jacking Day Tracker - 2019-2020 Season
SUPERSTRUCTURES is excited to launch the third season of the Frost Jacking Day Tracker. "Frost jacking" is what happens when freezing temperatures cause rain or snow to turn to ice and expand cracks in a facade. As cycles of freezing and thawing accumulate, the cracks continue to grow and exterior hazardous conditions or interior water damage or leaks can occur.
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April 23, 2020
A Powerhouse Design
SUPERSTRUCTURES’ restoration of 151 East 25th Street—Baruch College’s Newman Library—helped preserve J. William Schickel’s 1894 facade for generations to come and the building has an intriguing backstory.
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April 22, 2020
TOP JOBS: A Series of Profiles on SUPERSTRUCTURES Roof Projects 4
As discussed in this series of posts thus far, many of SUPERSTRUCTURES’ roof projects in New York City are flat roof restorations that hinge on designing the right type of membrane. But we’re also adept at restoring pitched roofs covered with standing-seam metal or slate shingles. A good example of the latter is our project for the Jewish Theological Seminary building (Gehron, Ross & Alley Architects, 1929, with later addition). It required a seasoned sensitivity to matching materials and precision in replicating copper components.
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April 21, 2020
This Day in History: April 21—NYU Chartered
On this day in 1831, New York University (NYU) received its charter from the New York State Legislature and was incorporated as the University of the City of New York. Now a world-class institution with many notable alumni, NYU’s main campus in Manhattan comprises more than 5 million square feet of space in buildings dating from 1835 to today. SUPERSTRUCTURES has a long-standing relationship with the University, executing several projects since our first in 1996.
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April 6, 2020
A More Optimistic Map
These days, when many world maps are a sobering sea of coronavirus red, it’s comforting to reflect on a simpler time when views of global inter-connectivity were more optimistic.
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March 25, 2020
Landmarks, at a Distance
Currently, our team is away from its home in the landmarked AT&T building. But in the interest of enjoying these warmer spring days while maintaining a safe distance from others, see the New York Times’ walking tour of unsung sights in the city, including the spectacular masonry exterior and mosaic-rich lobby of our once-and-future home in Tribeca.
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March 18, 2020
SUPERSTRUCTURES Statement on COVID-19
Given the current uncertainty about the potential impact COVID-19 (Coronavirus) could have over the coming weeks and months, SUPERSTRUCTURES has full business continuity plans in place. Concurrently, the health and well-being of all our employees and our clients is of paramount importance to us.
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