The real estate investment group owning the entire Harlem block at 106th Street and Madison Avenue engaged EDG in a gut residential renovation of two existing entryways as the first part of a larger scale development project. Our scope was to combine the lobbies of two existing towers, creating a singular entry that provided security and improved management and operations. Closed-off and difficult to navigate, the entire ground floor of the buildings required a full refresh. EDG provided full architectural and structural engineering services, working within a tight construction budget.
EDG focused on enhancing the entry experience, including wayfinding, lasting materials selection, and contextually-sensitive design. To improve circulation, EDG created a single entry and added a new corridor connecting previously disjointed areas. Designing for longevity, the team selected resilient materials, including concrete panels and Duranar coatings. Tying the space together visually, EDG explored multiple aesthetic options. The final design’s overall color scheme complements existing building tones, creating a seamless shift from outside to inside.
Designed for longevity, the residential renovation revitalizes an outdated façade and highlights a newly dressed frontage along Madison Avenue. The entryway maximizes transparency and optimizes circulation, adding commercial value to the project with newly created retail space. The entire space fosters a sense of community and increases the quality of life for current and future residents, creating a sense of pride for every tenant.
Construction Cost: $2.5M
Year Completed: Est. 2019
After taking ownership of 2 Herald Square, SL Green worked with Mercy College to unveil the MercyManhattan project - increasing the institution’s presence in the building from 55,000 to over 95,000 sq. ft. The ambitious, multi-year gut renovation introduces a prominent new entry on 34th Street, new student commons, increased classrooms, over 130 dormitory units, and dining to enhance the Mercy College student experience. Having previously completed over a dozen projects in the building, SL Green engaged EDG to bring our unique expertise to the table and provide full-service structural engineering across all five floors.
As with any historic building, renovating Herald Square required navigating complex conditions and extensive coordination across disciplines and throughout construction. EDG acted as a trusted adviser on the existing structure, with comprehensive understanding of the building’s various details and techniques, including terracotta arches and early steel construction with rivets. With cost and time efficiencies in mind, we designed for escalator removal, elevator infill, floor infill, support of new MEP units, generator, dunnage, interior circulation stairs, awnings, lobby mezzanine, and skylight infills. From storefront renovations on the ground floor, to third and fourth floor program conversions, to new structural designs for rooftop units and construction scaffolding, EDG worked across the entire project team of engineers, architects, specialty consultants, and contractors.
MercyMahattan is a large-scale phased effort over two years to create an immersive higher education experience for the Mercy College community. Working swiftly in accordance with the project’s fast-track schedule, EDG’s in-depth knowledge of Herald Square, responsive communication, and technical structural engineering expertise enabled success for the many moving parts of the project.
On a prominent street corner in the Upper East Side, a property manager sought to reposition a ground floor space to attract new commercial and retail tenants. The project scope included a complete gut renovation and re-design of the 9,100 sq. ft. space, including the basement and entire retail storefront. EDG provided structural analysis, spatial studies, tenant-specific layouts, and full architectural and structural design services.
The existing building was extremely fortified, enclosing invaluable real estate and separating the interior from the street. EDG analyzed the load-bearing structures, discovering opportunities to reduce walls and open the floor up to the outside. Working within tight structural constraints, EDG enhanced customer experience by relocating stairs, introducing expansive windows, and optimizing floor layouts. The team supported the owner’s ongoing search for tenants, providing several renderings on quick turnaround, customized to individual commercial and retail prospects.
The re-imagined space at the intersection of Madison Avenue and East 80th Street draws pedestrians into an immersive environment that blends retail sales with a lifestyle embodying its products. With a distinct sensitivity to material design, brass and brown fiber cement finishes respond to the surrounding residential context. A new basement skylight and warm wood finishes create an airy, contemporary ambiance. Making the most of the existing configuration, the new commercial space breaks down barriers between interior and exterior, passerby and customer.
Construction Cost: $1.5 Million
At the heart of Manhattan’s east side, the 36-story residential tower in Kips Bay offers unbeatable comfort and convenience. Interested in maximizing the value of existing spaces, real estate agency Kibel engaged EDG on a residential renovation of approximately 20,000 sq. ft. of the property’s shared roof and plaza areas. EDG’s architectural and engineering team collaborated on extensive planning, design, and construction administration to reinvigorate the aesthetics and functionality at 300 East 34th Street.
EDG navigated complicated building codes, conducted structural analysis, and explored possibilities to re-purpose existing components to achieve a cohesive, welcoming design. On the ground plaza, the team introduced carefully considered geometry and materials to existing site elements. On the roof, the team retrofit a previously inaccessible space by extending elevators, transforming mechanical rooms into amenity space, and reviewing the impact of increased loading of the existing roof.
With meticulously planned architectural and structural moves, EDG unlocked the potential of the residential tower’s community spaces. The building’s 300+ residents now return home through a distinct landmark piazza, where lively congregation fosters a rich civic space. The plan enhances accessibility, visibility, and capacity – while maximizing retail potential and developing a signature design on the ground plane. Thirty-six floors above, residents enjoy an exquisitely curated 360° panorama of Manhattan’s skyline, accompanied by a pristine pool, lush gardens and pergolas.
Construction Cost: $5.5 Million
Year Completed: 2017
Growing VANS’ “Off-The-Wall” legacy, the leader in footwear and skateboarding sought to open a new store in Herald Square. Located less than 100 yards away from Manhattan’s busiest intersection, the existing four-story, 100+ year old structure required an extensive gut renovation. RGLA engaged EDG for structural design services, including the creation of 20-ft. high ceilings above the retail space, a new elevator installation rising from the basement through fourth floor, a new stairwell installation connecting the first and second floor, and a refreshed storefront conveying the VANS brand.
The existing structure was a complicated amalgam of previous renovation campaigns, which became an unwieldy patchwork of century-old building materials and techniques mixed with modern construction. With deep knowledge of both historic and modern construction, EDG analyzed the conditions and employed best practices to bring the project vision to fruition. To create the double-height ceilings, EDG removed the third floor in its entirety – a task which required the removal of an exterior masonry wall and load transfer to a new steel support structure hidden within the walls and ceiling of the second floor below.
Given the location's prominence, it was imperative to open the retail space prior to Black Friday. By engaging modern structural analysis software, EDG was able to immediately update designs based on architectural revisions and in-field conditions. Providing constant onsite representation throughout the tight construction schedule, the EDG team was responsive to all unexpected conditions and updates. From initial concept through close out, the entire project was completed in less than six months, with the store opening before Thanksgiving. The exciting new space transformed a complex existing structure into an immersive customer experience center, expanding VANS’ street culture influence in the heart of Manhattan.
This project involved the creation of a high-end retail space on the high-end street - Madison Avenue. We performed an extensive gut renovation, removing three floors of the structure, and replacing only two, reconfiguring egress to provide more efficient exits, while opening up the floor plan to better suit retail operations, and installing a new elevator. While handling the architectural design, renderings, structural engineering, and filings, we needed to navigate historical code, Landmarks, as well as new building code requirements due to the alterations.
The result was a first-floor level with the ground (prior ground floor was sunken, making retail access challenging) and second floor located in a position that provided expansive heights on these two floors 100 ft. deep. The design needed to be contextual in color palette, unaggressive in its stature, and inviting in nature.
The finished ground floor, with ceiling heights of 17 ft. clear - nearly a perfect square height to width, with a storefront appearing as a single panel of glass, creates the feeling of a “windowless” shopping experience between you and products inside. The design concept transcends the brand, with any retailer projecting their product, here. With barely a hint of the physical separation, the store can be referenced from the street and now the street becomes an extension of the store.
This Brooklyn project is a re-development of an existing three-story building with a commercial ground floor in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Working with a developer, the scope included a gut renovation and addition to transform the structure into an attractive co-living space. EDG provided zoning, financial models, help in fundraising through private equity, development analysis, planning, and full architectural and structural design for the 9,000 sq. ft. mixed-use building.
The objective was two-fold: create a “singular address” as a Brooklyn focal point and design a kit of parts adaptable for future developments. Given the building’s prominent corner location adjacent to McCarren Park, Bond and EDG aimed to refresh the outdated townhouse and maximize the buildable area. The team gutted existing spaces and added a fourth story, doubling the residential area. Leveraging in-house zoning and code expertise, EDG and Bond produced highly efficient floorplans, with a rentable area only 8% below gross area. The communal living units and amenities are economical and modular to support Bond’s long-term strategy.
The four-story revitalization features a diversity of social spaces, including a retail base with outdoor seating, interior courtyard, rooftop, and basement recreation area. The design opens the building to the neighborhood, playing to local elements while introducing a signature aesthetic. Paying homage to its eclectic and heterogenous orbit of an industrial warehouse legacy, Victorian fronts, and new residential projects, the building plays up this spirit with a dynamic façade with changes character from day to nighttime. Individual living spaces are elegant, comfortable retreats from the city. Carefully considering the desires of the target demographic, the color palette and material finishes evoke a cool sensibility balancing energy with calm. The innovative mixed-use development creates a community of shared value and sets a new standard for co-living.
Concordia College is a private liberal arts school located in Bronxville. The school struggled for a few years to provide additional parking on their campus, because local authorities were concerned about potential traffic and environmental impacts. The client approached EDG to design parking layout options that would maximize the number of new spaces while minimizing impacts on neighboring properties and landscape. With EDG's designs, Concordia was able to meet with the Mayor and local authorities to discuss potential impacts and gauge political support for the project before navigating the approvals process with the local planning board.
EDG surveyed the site to determine existing conditions, opportunities and constraints. Work included review of vehicular ingress, egress and internal traffic flow, as well as preparation of schematic plans to demonstrate parking capacity for various layout options. EDG prepared detailed plans for the chosen layout, including tree replacement, lighting, and stormwater design calculations.
EDG increased the parking capacity of the site by over 30% with less than a 20% increase in impervious areas and ultimately provided a more cost-effective solution with a greater parking capacity than offered by other consultants. EDG also helped the client manage the political side of the approvals process.
EDG NYC was invited to submit a proposal for the design of a new, state-of-the-art crime lab with support spaces for the District Attorney’s Office. EDG's work included planning, design, specification, cost-estimating, filing, bidding and construction administration services for the 21,000-square-foot project.
EDG’s project management division is well known for facilitating projects requiring specialty design. For this project, EDG brought in McClaren Wilson & Lawrie, Inc., an architecture and planning firm specializing in laboratory design. EDG provided seamless communication and handled the standard complications, while navigating the filing process.
Drawing from dozens of previous lab designs, MWL created an effective space that met all the goals of the District Attorney’s Office and achieved certification with the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors. EDG's ability to find and work with the right specialists allows EDG to take on any project requiring extensive experience and avoid time-consuming learning curves.
Located in Lower Manhattan, this 23-story, Cass Gilbert landmark was gut renovated, converting the historic office tower into a luxury apartment building. As part of the West Street renovation, EDG performed architectural design and structural engineering services for the enlargement of an existing amenity space within the central portion of the building.
Renovating a historic building is very challenging, given many unknown conditions. EDG's client also requested a modern design which complemented the building’s original aesthetic. To meet these challenges, EDG opened up masonry walls on two sides of the space and cut back existing non-structural piers, creating new connections to adjacent rooms. EDG then designed a new ceiling system and lighting layout to unify all of the spaces visually. This architectural strategy allowed for an integrated design, balancing both modern and historic elements.
Using an adjacent one-bedroom apartment, the renovation increased the indoor amenity space by more than 700 sq. ft. At the same time, EDG's design revitalized the 500-sq.ft. courtyard and created a more visual and physical connection between all indoor and outdoor common areas. The result is an expansive, contemporary amenity space, including a fitness center, yoga studio, private dining / event space, lounges, meeting spaces and landscaped terrace.
Located on First Avenue in the Upper East Side (East 84th Street), 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 feet 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.
For this Tribeca Penthouse project, we worked with award-winning architectural designer, Steve Blatz. We performed the structural design for the gut renovation of a 6,000-square-foot apartment and a 5,000-square-foot addition of vegetative green roof space and landscaped roof decks. We investigated the existing structure for the remediation of construction defects and managed legal work associated with the penthouse addition and structural support of the green roof and roof decks.
After finding evidence of issues with the existing construction, we performed probes to identify the defects. Had we waited to investigate the structure, like many consultants do, we would have needed to completely redesign the project during construction, halting work and increasing the budget. This project included extensive interior alterations, where structural work involved a new interior courtyard, interior column removals, and reinforcement of existing structural elements. The roof decks were required to be independently supported so that loading was not transferred to the cast iron frame.
All of the construction defects were handled without having to demolish any of the existing structure, which saved hundreds of thousands of dollars. All new work was carefully designed so the existing cast iron framing was not used as structural support, and apartments below were not affected. The contractor for the project was impressed by EDG’s communication with them, as well as our focus on constructability, and has since recommended us on several projects.
Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, this Landmark residential building is five stories high and has a cellar. EDG performed architectural design and structural engineering services for this gut renovation project (UWS Apartments). Searching for additional property value, we reviewed possible development scenarios, including recapturing unused floor area and the conversion to high-end residential apartments with an elevator. Ultimately, the renovation of all apartments was performed, recreational space was added to the cellar, and façade repairs were performed on the Landmark façade.
Renovating an existing building can be very challenging, given the unknown conditions behind walls and within ceilings and floors. A proper probe plan must be developed to assess the existing conditions, pinning down the costs, and avoiding changes during construction. The right contractors who have extensive experience in this type of work are required.
In addition to the full renovation of all apartments, we worked through all of the design issues to create two large recreation rooms in the cellar. We lowered the cellar floor a foot and a half to a ceiling height of 8 ft., greatly increasing the value of the ground floor units. Due to the renovations, the client’s return on investment is anticipated within two years.
The Victoria’s Secret retail store in Herald Square recently expanded their ground floor space by 30,000 sq. ft., taking over the entire basement and cellar floor as well as the fourth and fifth floors of the building. As part of the alteration, we designed the renovation to the existing floors, portions of the sidewalk vault space, and the fourth and fifth floors for conversion to storage, requiring a floor load increase. The project also included a sky bridge in the building’s courtyard on the fourth and fifth floors, which required façade alterations.
Prior to EDG’s involvement, another firm designed a repair to the 100-year-old basement for a new retail space. After reviewing the report and plans, we conducted our own assessment, performing probes and a historical review of the structure, to determine the Building Code construction requirements when the building was constructed in 1909. Prior to even probing the structure, we determined that it had significant additional capacity based on its original design.
Probes confirmed our expectations; the basement was constructed of very heavy steel and exhibited minimal deterioration. Savings over the original estimates were about 1 million dollars and the work was completed in a fraction of the time, so the store could open earlier than anticipated. Our assessment of the existing construction conditions also allowed for a larger sky bridge for the same cost. This project reflects our commitment to ensuring our clients always receive the most value for their money.
Kidville is a national Daycare and Learning Center. EDG performed engineering, code and restoration work for three Kidville locations, including gut renovations, new elevators and stairs, extensive alterations, a new mezzanine, a building addition, and a full replacement of a Landmark façade.
In our initial project meeting, we performed value engineering to reduce the need for additional pile foundations, which would have delayed the schedule and brought the project significantly over budget.
We use smart design to save our clients money; not all consultants are able to provide that service. Prior to our involvement, an extensive foundation system of piles had been designed. After careful analysis, our value engineering deemed the system unnecessary, saving an estimated $500,000. Our cost-saving solution was the demolition of a heavy brick masonry ground floor, which was replaced by a lightweight wood floor. This allowed for an addition to the building without any foundation reinforcement.
To celebrate the Year of Italian Culture in the U.S., world-renowned designer Antonio Pio Saracino was commissioned to create a permanent public art project and a symbol of Italy. His work, “The Guardians: Hero and Superhero” stand proudly in the plaza at Three Bryant Park. We assisted friend and fellow architect Saracino in the structural design of the sculptures, pro-bono. The statues are each 13 ft. tall; one is constructed of danby marble and the other of mirror-polished stainless steel later called Bryant Park Heroes.
While we have designed many structures, including sculptures, this project was extremely unique. Saracino intended the many individual pieces (approximately 125) to appear disconnected. With all elements exposed to view, the structural supports could not be easily hidden, so we focused our attention on the assembly method.
EDG met the challenge by designing thin support rods and hiding welds with stainless steel covers. We even assessed and reinforced the sculptures for high wind and seismic-induced movement. With proper planning and a diligent team, we met the advanced deadline for installation and achieved the floating appearance Saracino designed.
We would love to take credit for this beautiful dealership and the beautiful cars, but that’s not what we do. What we do is make sure that money is not wasted on base construction and structure, so the client has enough money left in the budget for a stunning showroom. We were the structural engineers for this project, responsible for the expansion and extensive alterations to the dealership, including a new ramp for access to the second level, rooftop parking storage, column and bearing wall removals, and alterations for a new architectural façade.
With extensive experience in dealership and parking garage design, EDG has a strong understanding of vehicle storage space requirements and floor loading needs. Whether for new construction or an alteration, we look to design cost-effective solutions by exploring all options for the structure. We review all structural aspects of the project and offer more cost-effective alternatives to the architectural design. We value-engineer by ensuring the right approach is taken and by understanding the existing construction to best accommodate the alteration.
We redesigned the ramp in a more convenient and effective location, saving over $300,000 in unnecessary removals and relocation. This also gained valuable space for the showroom area and the vehicle storage area. Time and time again, through our value-engineering, we have found better, more cost-effective solutions, where the savings and increased value cover the cost of our fee.
Marcus Samuelsson, one of America’s most widely acclaimed chefs and winner of Top Chef Masters, brings his internationally praised signature cuisine to his Harlem Restaurant, Red Rooster. The new restaurant and event hall have a floor area totaling over 9,000 sq. ft. and include a kitchen on each level. We worked with noted restaurant interior designers on this project and provided project management, architectural design, code consultation and structural engineering services.
By researching and thoroughly understanding every aspect of the project, we provided solutions that saved considerable amounts of space, time and money. The client pays for the restaurant per square foot, so we made sure to maximize its potential by carefully space planning for the most seating areas. Filings were meticulously orchestrated to avoid delays in the project. Because the building was existing, we reviewed old code and new building code options to determine which gave us the optimal front of house space.
Although deemed impossible by other consultants, we obtained an approval for the use of the existing building vault space of almost 2,500 sq. ft., creating enormous value for a restaurant in need of space. Our mark was seen in nearly all aspects of the project, including review of the site for development prior to lease, aiding in selecting the team of consultants and contractors, layout design, management of all filings (including the special permit for the event space), and structural design for extensive interior alterations. We gained over 200 sq. ft. of additional front of house space, and provided constant monitoring of the critical path to the grand opening.