SuperScript

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

June 1, 2018
One for the Record Books
SUPERSTRUCTURES provided architectural and engineering services for this $10 million exterior restoration of iconic downtown Manhattan office tower One New York Plaza – completed a year ahead of schedule! The project involved complete curtain-wall sealant replacement, and selective cleaning. The building is owned by Brookfield Properties; the contractor for the restoration was Benjamin Maintenance.
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May 18, 2018
Another Gem Restored
Nearing substantial completion, SUPERSTRUCTURES’ project at George Westinghouse Career & Technical Education High School in downtown Brooklyn is the exterior restoration of this 1908 historic “Snyder” school building and its 1963 addition. A highlight of the restoration is the replacement in kind of the street-facing parapet, notable for its detailed ornamental outline. We were retained by the New York City School Construction Authority as the Architect/Engineer for the project; the contractor is Lo Sardo General Contractors.
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May 11, 2018
Five Hundred Down, Fifteen Hundred to Go!
Work is well underway as approximately 2000 terra cotta units are being replaced as part of the ongoing façade restoration project at John Jay College’s Haaren Hall on Manhattan’s West Side. The new terra cotta is replacing damaged terra cotta, and some cast stone and fiber-reinforced concrete units, restoring some of the 1904 structure’s lost architectural integrity. New waterproofing and stainless steel anchorage will extend the building’s life – the entire facade will also be cleaned. SUPERSTRUCTURES is the Architect/Engineer for the project, which is being managed by The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York for the City University of New York campus; the contractor is Nicholson and Galloway.
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May 2, 2018
Is your inner private-eye up for a challenge?
Is your inner private-eye up for a challenge? Submitted for your consideration: These umbrella stands at a Jersey Shore resort weigh 175 pounds each. Lifting or sliding them is a 2-person operation – at least. Last September both stands were perfectly aligned with the paving pattern of the pool deck. The deck has been undisturbed by snowplows or mechanical devices all winter.
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April 27, 2018
The Daily News chose an appropriate photo to illustrate their article on New York City’s new green energy law
The Daily News chose an appropriate photo to illustrate their article on New York City’s new green energy law. The Borough of Manhattan Community College’s new 2.3-acre roof was designed by SUPERSTRUCTURES to accommodate what is now the site of the largest public photovoltaic facility in Manhattan. Project owner CUNY and contractor ABCD Construction share the credit on the project, at the forefront of NYC’s green energy initiatives.
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April 2, 2018
Frost Jacking Day Tracker - Inaugural 2017-2018 Season
SUPERSTRUCTURES is excited to launch 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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February 5, 2018
Up on the Roof - and at the Forefront
One of the exciting aspects of our work in exterior restoration is the challenge of being at the forefront in the use of new materials and technologies in the preservation of existing structures. In a recent example, SUPERSTRUCTURES was the first firm in New York City to specify Vacuum Insulated Panel (VIP) insulation in a re-roofing project. New NYC energy code requirements stipulate a minimum continuous insulation of R-30 value on the entire roof deck. Using conventional insulation to achieve this value can raise roof heights to a problematic level in relation to adjacent building components such as mechanical equipment, parapets and skylights.
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December 15, 2017
SUPERSTRUCTURES designs roof for city’s largest solar panel array
Solar power is the wave of the future of energy, all over the world.  SUPERSTRUCTURES is excited to report that we’re now part of this growing trend, having designed the roof now supporting the city’s largest solar panel array, at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
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December 13, 2017
Lunch and learn seminar held at SUPERSTRUCTURES 11/29/2017
Because we’re proud of what we do at SUPERSTRUCTURES and because we believe exterior restoration work is important, we started an in-house seminar series in 2003.
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December 11, 2017
Two-year facade project complete
And that’s a wrap!  Our two-year façade project at 404 Lafayette Street and 708 Broadway is complete.  It was an honor to work on these historic buildings, constructed in the 1890s.  Designed by Cleverdon and Putzel, these heritage structures are adjacent to one another, connected for internal access in 1912.
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