10/01/2009

Good Aesthetics Make Good Neighbors

The Harlem River Bridge Shop Facility incorporates two buildings – an additional shop and administration office space to house growing shop needs

By Elyse Umlauf-Garneau, Contributing Editor

 
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    Though security needs dictated a complex that turned inward, aggressive gates don’t serve as the building’s sole face. Precast concrete and face brick create an institutional appearance. All Photos Courtesy of CJNA

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    Large windows with sunscreens on both façades help with daylighting and environmental controls. All Photos Courtesy of CJNA

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    The metal-clad section of the building (housing administrative functions) is anchored by the more solid brick and concrete masses that contain the entrance core, storage, and other services. All Photos Courtesy of CJNA

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Harlem River Bridge Shop Facility, New York City

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Just because a building houses heavy industrial work doesn’t mean it necessitates an environment with a brutal, strictly industrial aesthetic. Such was one starting point for the design of the Harlem River Bridge Shop Facility in Manhattan, a facility for administrative functions and trades, including iron, electrical, and carpentry, for the construction and repair of New York’s moveable bridges.

The project, designed by CJNA Architects, New York City, is situated on the Harlem River in the Inwood neighborhood. It included renovating a 17,000-square-foot, 1-story maintenance building and constructing a 13,000-square-foot, 2-story administration and vehicle storage facility.

Though security needs dictated a complex that turned inward, Charles Nafie, CJNA’s principal in charge, didn’t want aggressive gates to serve as the new building’s sole face. He opted for precast concrete and face brick to create an institutional appearance. Smooth metal façade panels deliver a contemporary punch.

Project Team (partial list)

Architect (Award Submitter): CJNA Architects
Owner: New York City Department of Design & Construction
Structural Engineer: Goldreich Engineering PC
MEP Engineer: Lilker Associates Consulting Engineers
Contractor: P&K Contracting

The metal-clad section, housing administrative functions, is anchored on either side by the more solid brick and concrete masses that contain the entrance core, storage, and other services.

CJNA’s renovation of the maintenance building brought state-of-the-art workspaces, along with multiple showering and changing facilities. Despite the need for highly durable environments, Nafie incorporated daylighting and bright colors to tone down the harsher aspects of the space and to provide a pleasing setting for employees. Further heightening the attractiveness is a lunchroom and balcony that overlooks the river.

CJNA’s design had dual purposes. More immediately, it enhanced the existing dreary industrial neighborhood. “It’s changing, and the city saw an opportunity to create a more sensitive aesthetic and a nicer presence,” Nafie comments. The city also anticipated that the building would make a better neighbor if other uses, such as offices or restaurants, eventually move in nearby.

 


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