The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) retired the term envelope in favor of enclosure to describe a building’s array of exterior surfaces. Sure, enclosure might be a more intuitive way to describe a building’s exterior and primary function. But we’re sticking with envelope for a few reasons.
Tempus Fugit…Latin for “time flies.” For New York City, that means that a growing number of its buildings are already a century old (or more). When SUPERSTRUCTURES started out in 1981, we impressed clients by saying, “some of the buildings we work on are almost 100 years old” (constructed in the 1880s). But at that time, such structures were few and far between.
In precision driving, the formula for victory is speed + safety. Completing the race in the shortest time without wiping out requires finding and following the “racing line,” the ideal route to negotiate turns swiftly without costly wear and tear. Similar logic applies to building restoration—the secret to success is knowing when to accelerate a project, when to brake, and when to adjust course.
Sidewalk vaults must be maintained to keep them structurally sound and watertight. But vaults aren’t just vacant space below grade; they often carry mechanical, electrical, and plumbing components as well. Structural considerations are obvious for sidewalk vault restoration, but MEP components can be the biggest challenge. We employ innovative tools and methods to accommodate them.
Most building owners are familiar with New York’s trio of Local Laws intended to protect and preserve its structures (and citizens)—Local Law 11 (the Facade Inspection & Safety Program or FISP), Local Law 37 for retaining walls, and Local Law 126 for parking structures. But what about sidewalk vaults? Facades, retaining walls, and garages are highly visible. But since NYC’s miles of sidewalk vaults are essentially out of sight, they can also be out of mind.
At SUPERSTRCUTURES, we believe in three basic things: 1) restoring New York City’s buildings, 2) bringing the art and science of restoration into the 21st century, and 3) fresh bagels and coffee. So, every Thursday, we offer a selection of delicious bagels, and we’ve got one with your name on it.
Recently, SUPERSTRUCTURES was honored to receive the 2022 Project of the Year Award from the NY Chapter of the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) for our restoration of the ConEd Headquarters building. Shown here accepting the award is SUPERSTRUCTURES Associate Principal, Darsh Shah, PE, along with representatives from the project's contractor, Pullman SST, Inc. and our client, ConEd.
FedEx is a brand that’s synonymous with swift delivery. The company’s iconic logo incorporates an arrow hiding cleverly in plain sight (the negative space between the E and the x), an allusion to its reputation for on-time delivery. We’re also known for on-time (and on-budget) completion of projects.
As the restoration Engineer / Architect for the Consolidated Edison (ConEd) headquarters building, we’re honored to be recipients of the 2022 Project of the Year Award from the NY Chapter of the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI).