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.