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May 7, 2021

Silman preservation projects recognized at 31st Lucy G. Moses Awards

  • The Battery Maritime Building’s Great Hall is illuminated by a replica of the original glass laylight.

The Battery Maritime Building, originally built around 1906 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976, has a steel structure supported by a wood pile substructure that reaches down to bedrock. The former ferry terminal's second level has been restored as an events venue, the third and fourth floors now house a boutique hotel, and a modern glass addition contains a club with a bar and restaurant.

Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 127 is a three-story, 95,000 sf former boat repair facility with brick masonry walls. To transform the facility into offices and manufacturing space, Silman worked with the project team to retain and restore the historic exposed structural systems. Other work included an elevator replacement, stair modifications and slab infill, and removal of existing mezzanines.

The NYBG's Enid A. Haupt Conservatory features a 90-foot-tall central pavilion known as the Palm Dome. Silman served as the prime consultant for an ambitious investigation and restoration project that provided access to previously inaccessible exterior and interior areas to allow for observation and condition verification of structural members. Silman then performed a detailed structural analysis of the structure and produced a report identifying repairs and recommendations for long-term maintenance planning.

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