Aug 29, 2013

New Photography! Coney Island Comfort Stations For NYC Beach Restoration

Here are some great shots from a little trip we took a few weeks ago of the Coney Island Comfort Stations.

For those who haven't already been reading along: Garrison Architects has been designing flood-proof modular structures, engineered to withstand extreme weather conditions, for the New York City Parks Department and the Department of Design and Construction. There are currently 37 in the works, located throughout Rockaway Beach in Queens, Brooklyn's Coney Island, and Midland Beach, Wolfe's Pond Park, and Cedar Grove in Staten Island. The structures can be modified for use as comfort stations, lifeguard stations, and offices.

Each module sits off the ground and is connected to a series of ramps and landings made of off-the-rack aluminum marine gangplanks. The modular structures produce enough renewable energy to meet their needs and sustainable features include operable windows that allow for natural cross ventilation, a skylight that allows natural light to enter the space, photovoltaics, and solar hot water. The modulars have been installed at or above the ABFE 500 year flood elevation.

Photo credit: Andrew Rugge

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Aug 26, 2013

Lehman College Gets a New Day Care Center

We've been working on a really exciting project with the City University of NY--Lehman College in the Bronx's new and improved day care center. The building is finally complete and all ready for the program to  move in, so we took a trip up there a few weeks ago to take a look. 

About the project:
The concept for the new Child Care Center was derived from the intention of the College to add a Child Care Center between two existing Campus Buildings (Shuster Hall to the North and Davis Hall to the South) while using modular pre-fabricated building units to minimize campus disturbance during construction. The project aims to create a long-term building solution to the accommodate the child care program using modular units, while adding to the architectural and urban quality of the Lehman College campus.

In order to accommodate campus circulation and egress from neigbhoring existing buildings and to maximize sunlight, the project incorporates a central lobby with program spaces directly to the East and West.  Reception and multipurpose spaces directly adjacent to the Central Lobby space allow the receptionist to visually control the main pedestrian circulation and multi-functional use of the lobby.

The project is approximately 12,000 square feet, with roughly half of that space devoted to instructional rooms. Six classrooms and a multi-purpose room provide capacity for 140 children attending full-time.

You can take a look at the full shoot and get more info on our website.

Aug 14, 2013

Bed-Stuy's Restoration Plaza Photo shoot

Last week we headed over to  Brooklyn's Bedford Stuyesant neighborhood to check up on Restoration Plaza, which was recently renovated by Garrison Architects and completed in 2012. It looked so fabulous, we had to take some pictures!

A little background on the project: Restoration Plaza was originally developed in 1975 as a center of culture, local commerce, and community pride. Garrison Architects’ improvements to the Plaza have helped to create a more open, accessible and vital public center for the neighborhood and re-establish the Plaza as a commercial center of Bed-Stuy. Among the massive structural renovations and additions that were made to the existing site, are the etched glass panels with images of the Plaza’s founders and community leaders, and an integrated projection screen and audio system that adds dynamism and supports interactive public events.

You can see the full shoot here on our website.

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