Located on First Avenue in the Upper East Side, this 32-story building has a high visibility podium set back from the street on three sides. EDG was asked to perform both structural and architectural services in updating the aging brick façade. Our intent was to replace the façade and weathered storefront with a contemporary and timeless solution, using materials that complement the remaining building and upper tower.
Peeling back the original façade was a challenge, as there were a host of structural remediation issues which needed to be addressed before we could proceed with a new finish. With our years of experience in restoration and structural engineering, we addressed the issues and designed a new façade with a smooth stucco and limestone finish to enhance the existing building materials. We also designed a structurally-siliconed curtainwall system for the storefront, which provides a clean ribbon of glass for the retail tenants.
The new façade enlivens a very active corner in a high-density district and adds a new layer of elegance to the structure. The restoration and revitalization of the 160 ft. of façade provide a new backdrop for the building’s occupants and surrounding neighborhood, enriching the plaza and promenade experience for residents, pedestrians and shoppers along the retail edge.