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

July 20, 2023
Commas and Construction Documents Save Lives
Consider the crucial difference between “I like cooking, my family, and my pets” and “I like cooking my family and my pets.” The first sets the stage for a special family dinner; the second is a threat to the entire household. This lesson in punctuation is also a cautionary tale about attention to detail. In our field, the accuracy of construction documents can mean the difference between a project’s success or failure.
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July 13, 2023
Three-Dimensional Thinking
In the film Contact, a SETI scientist played by Jodie Foster makes a pivotal discovery: mysterious “blueprints” sent by an alien intelligence fit together to form a 3D “primer.” The relevance to our practice?  Like those SETI researchers, keep listening.
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July 6, 2023
Bucking Convention
Our unofficial mascot, Bucky, continues to inspire our practice. Bucky’s solution sends a message: why follow convention when there’s a better path, though it may require more effort and initiative? Why “Bucky?” We named him after fellow visionary, R. Buckminster Fuller.
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June 29, 2023
Lunch & Learn: Maher on Masonry Accessories
Our 2023 Lunch & Learn series continued on June 21st with “Specifying Masonry Accessories: What You Need to Know” presented by Dennis Maher of Hohmann & Barnard. 60 members of our team improved their knowledge of masonry accessories and their applications over lunch in our “Piazza.”
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June 22, 2023
Avoiding Battles at the Edges
It’s been said (perhaps by a French officer in WWII) that “battles are fought at the edge of maps.” While we never want the practice of restoration to be a battle, we do find truth in this analogy. Consider, for example, roofing systems. Problems rarely arise in the field of the roof. Almost always, failure is the result of a poorly designed or executed detail at the interface (edge) between two components.
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June 15, 2023
The Power of Preparation
Praemonitus Praemunitus or “forewarned is forearmed.” The Boy Scouts say it more succinctly with their motto, “Be Prepared.” Either way, it’s an ultimate expression of the value of research and preparation and words that SUPERSTRUCTURES lives by.
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June 8, 2023
Restoring Marcel Breuer’s Colston Hall
Facades of béton brut (raw concrete) were a signature element of Brutalism. Take for example Marcel Breuer & Associates’ buildings for Bronx Community College, including Colston Hall. The downside of such distinctive envelopes is that their cast-in-place concrete is constantly under assault from the elements. To reverse the deterioration, SUPERSTRUCTURES is conducting a restoration of Breuer’s 1961 dormitory.
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June 1, 2023
Five Boroughs, One New York
From the Bronx to the Battery, SUPERSTRUCTURES helps restore the backbone of New York City’s five boroughs. But for those outside NYC (and even some residents), the names of the boroughs can be a bit bewildering.
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May 25, 2023
Shira’s Tale: Ingenuity Over Pedigree
When our Principal, Paul and his wife adopted their dog, Shira from a New Jersey shelter, they were delighted to give her a “forever home.” But they didn’t realize they had a genius in the family. The relevance to our practice? Read on.
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May 23, 2023
Doing Justice to the Tweed Courthouse
Time and the elements were doing an injustice to the Tweed Courthouse (aka the Old New York County Courthouse) at 52 Chambers Street. The masonry of its rotunda was suffering from water infiltration and deterioration. Our solution was to design a seamless restoration of this stately Civic Center interior.
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