Technology will shape our future.
In getting it done right the first time.
Beautiful design can also be cost-effective.
A dollar in planning saves ten in construction.
Design and management controls the project cost.
Multi-disciplinary experience makes a better professional.
We are experts in project management, architectural design, building code & zoning analysis, structural
engineering, construction cost estimating, material science, restoration and waterproofing.
We design residential & commercial buildings, dealerships, restaurants, garages, retail & office fit-outs
as well as restore building facades, structures, plazas and roofs.
Despite common misconceptions, no two design companies offer the same service. Our areas of
expertise have been tailored to meet the needs of our clients, so they can get everything they need with
one phone call. However, rather than providing clients with a "one type fits all" service, we listen to and
fully understand the unique needs of the project, and will look to ask the right questions to shorten our learning
curve. We focus on our communication with the client and our collaboration with the project team.
Many consultants today aren't spending enough time in planning and don't have a feel for cost of
construction, resulting in a significant loss of money on the project. We understand design AND cost,
and our clients understand the influence we have as consultants in the outcome of the project.
We have had hundreds of happy clients, including a list spanning from government agencies to private
developers to industry-leading property managers. We are known in the industry for our fast, attentive
& responsive service. Our strong growth through word of mouth alone is a testament to the quality of
our staff and the service we provide. While we've grown, we kept a focus on personal services, because
we haven't forgotten why you came to us when we were small.
In everything we do, we pride ourselves on coming up with creative, efficient, and effective solutions,
and on every project we look forward to demonstrating the difference in our approach. Don't hire
multiple firms, hire the right One. Experion Design Group.
Our role is to be an extension of the owner's organization and work as a member of their team, filling
any gaps that are needed on a part-time basis. We represent the client and only the client, looking out
for your best interest throughout the project.
Our secret is simple: communication - both inside our office and out, to increase the efficiency of the
project team. We use proprietary software that allows us to collaborate with the team more effectively
and move faster than other firms.
We are experts in code and zoning because we understand its influence on the value of a building, and
we use it to maximize the return on your investment. Zoning, written in legalese, it is often not properly
understood by professionals, leading to poor interpretation that works against you. A good code expert
knows the code as well as the architectural design aspect of the work, adding significant value
throughout the course of the project.
One of the things that makes us different than other firms is that we typically use larger teams on
projects, which of course enables us to move faster. Managed efficiently with the use of software, this
team collaboration takes place behind the scenes, and you always have one responsive & dedicated
Project Manager who will be a seamless point of contact.
As value-engineering specialists, we understand that you can't be a good engineer until you know how
much what you are designing costs and understand its value to the project. We understand material
cost and make sure that the money on a project is spent where it truly adds value. We typically find
that we can save an average of 10% of the cost of a project through our value-engineering efforts. We
typically cover our fees in savings on projects with these efforts.
We are a technology driven firm, using the latest advances in software to deliver cost-effective
solutions. In addition to programs we have developed internally, our resources include all of the current
top structural design programs including RISA, Staad, RAM, Etabs, and Solid Works.
On every project, we perform our due diligence on the history of the structure, including construction
and repair history. When we don't know the construction, we perform probes to ascertain the existing
conditions because proper design can't be performed without an understanding of the issue. This effort
also ensures that design doesn't change during construction, which can hurt the owner, contractor and
designer. A project that goes according to plan is a good project for everyone.
In today's world, there are of dozens of repair and waterproofing options. At EDG, we are constantly
evaluating products to find the cheapest & best solution for each project. We are paid to save our
Due to the nature of the restoration work we do, emergencies are part of the job. We are there when
you need us, and our references will attest to our responsiveness in emergency situations.
We plan on doubling our size by 2014. Problem solvers wanted.
Here at EDG, architecture and engineering meets technology. We question the way things have always
been done and look to do better, pushing the envelope, asking why can't it be done? We cross the
boundaries of the industry into green product design and even software development for project
We are young and growing fast. Eight years isn't a long time in this industry, but we are building a
company that will be around in ninety years. EDG is where you come to learn, to get experience, to
grow and help build an innovative company that will stand the test of time.
We work together. Projects here are done in teams, which gives us the kind of speed and flexibility that
other firms simply cannot offer. In order to do that, we have developed systems for our team to
communicate, just one of the advantages that keeps us at the top.
Our profession has a real influence on the world we live in. We look for people passionate about
changing their industry and the world around them. Each year we source the best and brightest
architects and engineers, do you have what it takes?
We believe that to be good at one thing, you need to take a multidisciplinary approach. We teach how
to understand design principles, speeding up your education. An EDG education is one cross-training
you in architecture, engineering, code, cost-estimating, restoration and communication. This
multidisciplinary approach helps our employees understand the big picture. In addition, everyone here
understands cost, the driving force behind what gets built and what doesn't it. We believe that to be
beautiful it doesn't have to cost twice as much.
A career in architecture and engineering is built on trustworthiness, fairness, respect, caring, and
responsibility. We stress customer service and professionalism, and we work for clients who respect our
ability to positively influence a project.
Call to setup a free tour and a chance at a one week internship to learn more about everything that we
do. This is an internship in fast forward, where you'll experience multiple disciplines and project types.
Does your office feel tired and set in its ways? Join us - we're moving fast.
From the rehabilitation of a large pier to a crime lab for the District Attorney's office, our firm has shown that we understand the process and procedure of a large public agency and we enjoy the support provided. We focus on communication to understand the project objectives and deadlines, while doing our part to achieve them.
In 2010, the Housing Authority issued a bid for the restoration design of the facades and roofs of their developments in all five NYC Boroughs. Dozens of firms in the tri-state area responded to the bid, during a period in which the market was short of work. EDG was one of eight firms selected to receive a five year contract for the architecture and engineering for the building envelope work of the 2,600 buildings of the Housing Authority.
Our work includes preparing Local Law 11 facade conditions reports for over two hundred buildings, required by the NYC Dept. of Buildings, design and specification of associated repairs, and necessary roofing replacement at the developments.
Due diligence is always our first step, as we carefully review all available records and visit the site to determine the conditions that affected our work. Having a clear picture of the prior work on the developments allowed us to properly plan our approach. We put in the time to understand the needs of the Housing Authority, including CAD and report standards. Our use of technology provided us with a shortcut through repetitive tasks. Most importantly, we only took on work we could handle.
Our work in performing the repairs to the developments will help ensure the safety of the occupants and the longevity of the buildings. Our office has not missed any of the numerous deadlines set by the Housing Authority, many of which have required a very tight schedule. Running a project of this magnitude is an enormous undertaking for a government agency, and we understand how crucial it is that we meet any required deadlines.
The Pier complex on the Hudson River is the largest pier in the city and an enormous recreation center home to acres of field space approximately 2,200 long-term parking spaces (the largest parking facility in Manhattan), and the Hudson River Park Trust offices, operating the five mile Hudson River Park, as well as the 36 Piers of the Hudson River Sanctuary.
These extensive indoor and outdoor athletic fields are rare in the concrete jungle of New York City, making The Pier a hub for children's activities. The field uses range from soccer and football, to rugby and baseball, as well other recreational and classroom facilities. Around the entire perimeter of The Pier is a public esplanade, which also supports kayaking and boating excursions.
The scope of the work included the assessment of the existing deck conditions and design of the rehabilitation of the 40+ year old pier, including the complete replacement of the top slab deck and waterproofing.
As the largest revenue generator for the Hudson River Park Trust, continued operation during construction was extremely important and phasing had to be carefully planned.
When dealing with existing conditions, we believe that whenever possible assumptions shouldn't be made. Given the large square footage of the complex, every detail can have a significant cost impact. We looked carefully at the key cost variables, including one specific to The Pier - volume. Repairs were designed with this in consideration, and many repair options were explored to obtain the optimal solution.
We listened to the requirement of the client that the roof deck be made watertight for years to come. Leading waterproofing systems were carefully evaluated to find the system that fit the needs of all of the existing conditions of The Pier.
EDG initially set out to understand everything about the existing conditions in the scope of work. This high level of due diligence paid off, with the end result being that during construction, no design changes were required.
We prepared cost estimates for the work at every stage of design, which resulted in a thorough evaluation of cost. The project not only came in just below our budget estimate, but below the contracted construction cost - a true test of the quality of design documents. Our goals on the project could not have been achieved without the diligent work of the Trust's team throughout the course of the project. The success of the first phase of the project was a true team effort of all parties, including the contractor.
For all of our projects, we have the highest respect for deadlines, and on The Pier all phases of design work were completed early or on-time. EDG's work was essential for the Pier to continue serving both the community and the Trust's operations.
Crime Lab Design
We were invited to submit a proposal for the design of the District Attorney office's new state-of-the-art cybercrimes lab and support offices.
The project is approximately 13,000 sq. ft. of office and labs. Our work included planning, design, specification, cost-estimating, filing, bidding and construction administration services.
Our Project Management division is known for handling projects that require specialty design. Whether this involves an interior designer for a restaurant or dealership, or a crime lab consultant, we know how to find the best experts for a project. For this project, we brought in McClaren Wilson & Lawrie, Inc., architects & planners who specialize in the design of labs. We provided seamless communication and handled the standard complications, while navigating the filing process.
While the DA had an excellent feel for the requirements of the lab, drawing on dozens of labs MWL was able to create an effective space that met all the goals of the District Attorney's office. Achieving certification with the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors is easy when every crime lab you do receives certification. Our ability to work with the right experts gives us the advantage of taking on any project from the standpoint of extensive experience, avoiding time-consuming learning curves.
The H-bridge is a two-way vehicle and pedestrian bridge that crosses over the Metro North Hudson Line in Tarrytown, NY. It is nearly half a mile of elevated roadway deck and sidewalk.
The steel members, concrete roadway, expansion joints, sidewalks and drains required rehabilitation. Extensive deterioration was found at steel columns and girders that required shoring and immediate repair.
We quickly opened up communication with the Village of Tarrytown and the Metro North Railroad to obtain a history of reports and construction to the bridge and roadway. They were kept informed of the status of all work, to prevent any delays later in the project. Our knowledge of material science and concrete and steel deterioration played a key role on this project. Severely deteriorated steel was immediately identified and testing was performed on all steel showing evidence of deterioration.
In consideration of budget expenses, we assess priority phasing on nearly all of our restoration projects. With an experience eye, we identify immediate repairs, short-term repairs and any long-term maintenance work required. Ultimately, over 6 million dollars of restoration work will be required, which will be performed over several years to work within the budget of the Village. If performed at the same time, other needs of the community may suffer.
Before you build. Before there's even a plan. That's when you really need us.
A Developer needs a trusted advisor who eats, breathes and sleeps building projects. The work we do for Developers is where our skills are really put to the test. It involves a combination of code & zoning consulting, strategic air-rights analysis, architectural planning, structural engineering, cost-estimating, scheduling and design team consulting. This work takes not only a well-rounded manager, but a team of in-house experts and a network of consultants behind them.
The process has dozens of traps along the way, and we have learned from others' mistakes and acquired many shortcuts to avoid them. To perform a development feasibility study, you have to think like a developer. You must understand how to find the advantages and disadvantages of a property, in order to determine its value. You also have to understand cost, not from a Means Cost Estimating textbook, but from contractor's perspective. Practical cost estimating is about relationships with Contractors and Suppliers.
As a Developer you understand the importance of finding the right team, and know what it feels like when everything goes according to plan. Our project management team understands the process and knows the detail level of architecture, engineering, code, and construction, so that we can carefully orchestrate the team to have everyone working in unison. A large part of our management efforts are in communicating with and managing the expectations of the parties involved, to provide advanced notice and accurate scheduling so the team can plan accordingly. We take the complications out of the process of building.
Experienced developers are aware of our impact, because projects before us didn't always go as well. Call us if you want your next project run smoothly.
The property is block to block and avenue to avenue, approximately 600 ft. x 200 ft. with 280 existing units in two nearly identical buildings. The buildings were situated off-center on the lot, creating a rear yard condition of approximately 60 ft.
After seeing our success on another project in Queens, the client retained us to do an investigation on the development potential of the site. Two architects had previously assessed the property and informed them that they could not build anything or only a small 30 unit building could be built on the corner of the lot.
Where most consultants saw a giant backyard, we saw a new building providing proper street frontage, rather than the unsightly view of the back of a building. We always start with the mindset that this is a puzzle to be solved and that anything is possible. From there, it is a careful navigation of the Zoning and Building code. Zoning, written in legalese, is so often misunderstood. The analysis must be carefully reviewed, and the Dept. of Buildings should be involved to ensure the development is in compliance. Among the challenges of the site were numerous complicated zoning issues, windows along the rear of the existing building, a sloping site, parking constraints, as well as the effect of the addition on the existing structure.
We navigated the zoning and building code to achieve a design for a compliant addition that spanned over 600ft. in length. Our investigation yielded two six-story building addition "segments", of approximately 150 residential units total, mostly two-bedrooms to meet market demands. We obtained three "pre-considerations" from the building department to clarify unclear Zoning issues that could potentially affect the feasibility of the project later on. Many clients experience issues on projects much later on during the filing process, and these surprises could often be easily avoided by working with the Building Dept. early on in the project.
Part of our success on projects is bringing in the right minds at the right time, putting together the right team for the project. Our affiliation with leading design firms allows us to handle any project , and rather than try and take on everything ourselves we understood that this project required an architect with extensive experience on complicated building sites such as this. In addition to the structural engineering throughout the project, we are providing the client with Project Management services continuing to focus on communication, cost and schedule.
Located on approximately 13 acres, the site will be a sports and activities epicenter for families in the region. Given its size and scale, multiple locations in cities in the tri-state area have been explored.
Experion Design Group was selected by the developer to create the master plan for the project. The last site location included the following: Indoor water park, YMCA, Olympic size swimming pool, tennis courts; hockey rinks; basketball court; soccer field; riverwalk; educational center, 800 car parking garage, restaurants, atrium, support shops and amenities.
Planning and conceptual design was performed for multiple sites, including site master planning, architectural direction, aid in selection of the design team, and presentations to the municipal agencies.
We worked closely with the developer, local municipalities and community leaders to thoroughly understand the diverse needs of this extensive development. Multiple iterations of the master plan were prepared in response. We look forward to continuing this project when a new site is found.
Residential Addition Feasibility Study
This four-story building located in Chelsea on the West Side Highway was on the market, with great development potential.
EDG was retained to provided zoning & building code analysis, egress, architectural design and structural analysis of the building.
Due diligence was performed to get a full picture of the property and the existing building. Our review includes DOB Records, including violation history, occupancy records, and previous filings. All of this information potentially affects the value of the property. The buildable floor area was carefully reviewed to determine the full development potential of the site.
Our experience in practical cost estimating allowed us to estimate multiple development scenarios, from base repairs, to an addition and even demolition and reconstruction to fully utilize the site and build a much larger building. Under all scenarios, we navigated Zoning and Building Code particularly in the addition scenario, where the .Because of the services provided by EDG enabled our client to have a clear picture of the value of the property.
For this project we worked with award winning architectural designer, Steve Blatz Architect, performing structural design for this 13 Million Dollar gut renovation and an addition to the existing 6,000 sq.ft. apartment, including a 5,000 sq. ft. vegetative green roof and extensive roof decks.
Our work included extensive investigation of the existing structure for the remediation of construction defects & associated legal work, the penthouse addition, structural support of the landscaped green roof, and landscaped 6th floor roof deck. Extensive interior alterations and structural work included a new interior courtyard, interior column removals and reinforcement of existing structural elements.
The landscape roof decks were required to be independently supported so that loading wasn’t transferred to the cast iron frame. With our extensive experience in designing waterproofing systems, we are able to design the structure integrally with the waterproofing.
After we found evidence that suggested problems with the existing, construction, we probed to identify any defects. Had we waited to investigate the structure during the work – a common approach of most consultants – we would have had to completely redesign during construction, halting work and resulting in the budget being completely changed after contract. In addition, it would have been easier, but much more expensive to remove the existing improper construction. As value-engineering specialists, this was a challenging project the best solution.
All of the construction defects were handled without having to demolish any of the existing structure, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars. In addition, all new work was carefully designed so the existing cast iron framing was not used as structural support, and apartments below were not affected by any of the new work. The contractor for the project was impressed by our communication with them, as well as our focus on constructability, and has since recommended us on several projects – the best compliment we can get.
New Mixed Use Building
Twelve story mixed-use building, approximately 140,000 sq. ft. in Queens, with community facility, and parking garage below.
EDG provided engineering design, specifications and construction observation for the building.
Design development documents are also submitted to the general contractor for each project for a constructability review. We do this to ensure your project design is compatible with the intended constructions means and methods. Meetings with contractors prior to the start of construction to discuss constructability of all details, and potential complications in the project to help ensure things go smoothly. We also provide information on typical issues from prior projects so that history doesn’t repeat itself.
We do our part to make sure that construction goes smoothly. We have found such efforts have saved significant client time and money in redesign costs which are often incurred in merging design and construction requirements.
Our Corporate & Retail clients depend on us to complete projects on time and on budget. Meeting a tight deadline is solely determined by the proper management of the project and the communication of the team.
One of the things that differentiates us from other firms is that we are able to use larger teams on projects, enabling us to move faster. Managed efficiently with the use of software, this team collaboration takes place behind the scenes, and you always have one responsive & dedicated Project Manager who will be a seamless point of contact.
We have figured out how to navigate the filing process to typically cut months off of the total filing time. Our secret is simple: we identify all of the pitfalls and avoid them. Some agency-related delays are unavoidable, but most can be bypassed entirely with the right approach and the right team.
Call us about your next building challenge.
Red Rooster Restaurant
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 restaurant and event hall total over 9,000 sq.ft. of floor area and have a kitchen on each level.
We worked with noted restaurant interior designers on this project, providing a full service team as the project managers, architects, code consultants and structural engineers for the project.
By understanding every aspect of the project, we were able to provide considerable space, time and cost saving solutions. Our clients are paying for the restaurant per square foot and we make sure that it is utilized to its maximum potential. Careful space planning was required to maximize the seating areas and work around the other tenant spaces for the building. Filings also needed to be carefully orchestrated to avoid delays in the project. In an existing building, old code and new building code options were reviewed to determine which gave us the optimal front of house space.
Having been previously told it was impossible by other consultants, we were able to obtain 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, structural design for extensive interior alterations, gaining over two hundred square feet of additional front of house space, and constant monitoring of the critical path: restaurant opening day.
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 the base construction and structure, so that the client has the money in the budget to make the showroom look as nice as possible.
On this project, we were the engineers for the expansion and extensive alterations to the dealership, including a new ramp for second level showroom access, rooftop parking storage, column and bearing wall removals, and alterations for a new architectural facade.
Our extensive experience with dealerships and parking garage gives us an understanding of the both the vehicle storage space and floor loading needs of the dealership. Whether new construction or alterations, we look to design cost effective solutions by exploring all options for the structure. We look at all of the structural aspects of the project, and even offer alternates to architectural design that would be more cost effective structurally. We value engineer by ensuring the right approach is taken and understanding the existing construction to best accommodate the alteration.
On one dealership alteration project for a Nissan/Honda dealership, we even relocated the ramp to a better, more effective location, which also saved over $300,000 in unnecessary removals and relocations and gained valuable showroom area and space for the storage of vehicles. We have never had a problem covering our fee in terms of value established and cost-savings through our value-engineering. Time and time again we have found better, more cost-effective, solutions.
Kidville Daycare & Learning Center
Kidville is a national Daycare and Learning Center. For three Kidville locations we performed engineering, code and restoration work.
Our scope of work on the locations included gut renovation, new elevators & stairs, extensive alterations, a new mezzanine, building addition as well as the full replacement of a Landmark facade.
Among our cost-savings designs was the demolition of a heavy brick masonry ground floor, which was replaced with a lightweight floor, allowing an addition to the building without any foundation reinforcement. Prior to our involvement, an extensive foundation system of piles was designed, costing over $500,000 - none of which were required; another example of how our approach saves our clients money.
Victoria's Secret Herald Square Superstore
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, EDG designed the renovation of 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.
Prior to our involvement, another firm designed a repair to the existing 100 yr. old basement floor for the new Prior to our involvement, another firm designed repair work to the existing 100 year old basement floor. 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 of the building when it was first 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 $1,000,000 and the work was done in a fraction of the time, allowing the store to open earlier than initially anticipated.
In addition, our assessment determined that the client was able to construct a larger bridge at the fourth and fifth floors for the same cost, due to the existing construction conditions. This project reflects our commitment to ensuring our clients always get the most value for their money.
With a bold design aesthetic not often seen in parking, Switzerland-based architectural firm HHF architects collaborated with ARchos Architektur to create the Parking Sonvida Basel. The design successfully overcomes one of the many challenges of parking design -how to keep a repetitive formal geometry interesting on a large scale.
Due to the height, footprint, and exposed structure, parking garages typically pose a special challenge to weave into the surrounding neighborhood. Because of their simple form, inadequate time is often spent on their architectural design, resulting in an eyesore for the community. At Experion Design Group, we focus on an aesthetic design that fits the character of the neighborhood and blends with the surrounding landscape.
While often standard in form, parking garages come with their own set of complications that requires extensive experience in the parking industry. The design of a parking structure typically has many design options that are not seen by the untrained eye. Given the large scale of a parking garage, less than optimal configurations translate to significant additional costs. We make sure the parking layout puzzle is solved correctly, instead of just attempting to apply a textbook configuration, which always translates to increased value or cost savings for our clients. We also optimize the structure, providing value engineering at every level.
Parking garage restoration also seems simple from the outside. Many people believe it's only about buying the proper repair materials, or contacting a waterproofing manufacturer. In ignoring the science behind parking restoration, a lot of money ends up being wasted. A repair performed improperly costs valuable time and money having to be redone, and the relationship between the owner and contractor is ultimately affected. Unfortunately, many people designing garage repairs aren't experts in material science. They specify materials sold to them by salesmen that are not only very expensive, but aren't intended to be used as specified. It is in everyone's best interest to do it right the first time and ensure money is not wasted. Time and time again, EDG has shown that we are able to specify more effective restoration design, saving our clients time and money.
Call us about your next Parking challenge.
EDG provides engineering and architectural services for new facilities and existing building renovations for Parking Operators including Icon Parking, Garage Management and Edison Parking. Icon Parking alone has over 200 parking facilities in New York City, with over 5.5 million square feet of space, making them one of the largest retail tenants in New York City. More than most, they understand economies of scale in construction and turn to EDG to design cost-effective repairs and construction.
Services provided to parking operators include condition survey and concrete testing, condition evaluation, construction documents for repairs, cost estimating, bidding, construction administration and site observation.
The garage structures have varying types of construction such as: brick masonry, cast-in-place concrete, precast, post-tension and steel frame, both in free standing structures and garages in residential towers.
Parking garages in NYC experience heavy traffic, resulting in water infiltration as well as high levels of corrosive elements such as salts on the floors, resulting in constant need for physical condition assessments and repairs.
In busy 24-hour parking garages, we understand the importance of the contractor phasing the work to maintain operation during repairs, whenever possible. This is done by careful planning, phasing, an understanding of the restoration work and the contractor providing proper site safety.
Due to the large volumes of repairs we have designed, we have come up with cost-effective repair design solutions that cost significantly less than average and have established assessment techniques for very accurate budgets.
Rego Park Rehabilitation
This 500 unit condominium has a plaza and parking lot above a parking garage that was in extreme disrepair from neglect by the previous owner of the garage unit. Areas were closed to traffic and water poured in from the ceiling.
Parking garage restoration, plaza repairs and redesign, lot repairs, parking lot extension and facade repairs.
Initially brought in by a tenant who was on the opposing side of the ownership, the client quickly learned that we had a solid understanding of the project and we were hired by both parties to jointly handle the project. They had experienced sticker shock from the estimate of work required by their consultant. We looked to determine all of the unknowns, reducing the potential costs to actual costs and began value engineering repair options.
With minimal assessment and two probes, we significantly reduced contingencies and worked to evaluate alternatives that would add value to the building, including expanding parking as part of the repairs.
The client was ultimately able to perform more work for 25% of the initial budget they were provided by their previous consultant. Work was also carefully phased so that the worst areas were handled first.
For commercial and residential buildings we perform repair design of facades, parking garages, plazas, and roofs. Our services grew out of the needs of property managers, so we could be a single point of contact for servicing all of their architectural and engineering design needs.
Building restoration is a specialized field requiring extensive knowledge of construction techniques. This involves the understanding of material properties, drainage, waterproofing, and proper construction techniques. From constant observation of failure, comes our design of repairs. Our staff has experience with all building types including glass curtain wall, cavity wall construction, masonry bearing wall, concrete, terra cotta, marble, limestone, and cast-iron.
Our familiarity with historic building techniques and code requirements allows us to approach building restoration projects with a comprehensive understanding. This experience translates into practical and innovative solutions to problems. There is no such thing as a "text book" building restoration project. Every building presents its own set of strengths and weaknesses and we analyze these to design the best solution for the individual project.
We typically start by investigating the history of the structure to determine is past maintenance, alterations and repairs. We look to speak with people involved in past work in the buildings including the property managers, building supers, contractors, and prior professionals for work on the building. We look to learn from past mistakes.
Patch-type repairs often overlook the construction defect causing the deterioration. Deterioration and water infiltration cannot be properly repaired until the cause has been identified. We combine experience and the latest technology to determine the unknowns. Testing equipment such as infrared cameras and ultrasonic devices are used to take the guess work out of identifying the levels of deterioration. When we have a clear picture, we analyze the information to design the best solution for the individual project.
Our restoration division prides itself on designing cost-effective repairs. With construction costs often more than ten times our design fee, this is where we add value to a project and cover our fee. We work diligently to ensure that the scope of work we develop for the Contractor is clearly defined, so that the project stays within the construction budget. Having to reevaluate costs during construction creates a problem for all parties involved, especially the owners who are funding the work.
Construction quality is of utmost importance on restoration projects because improper repair work fails quickly, and is worth less than nothing. From our experience, taking shortcuts during investigation and design has a way of coming back in the form of changing scope and associated change orders. The cost of these constructions issues to the client are a multiple of the design cost to investigate and plan correctly. To reduce fees, many firms don't offer the same level of service that we provide. We understand the work it takes to develop the scope of work accurately and go above and beyond to save our clients money and maintain a construction budget on every project.
This historic resort condominium hotel is the largest and tallest building in Montauk. It was built in 1926 by Carl G. Fisher and is a four story, 200 room hotel in the Tudor Revival style. The building is also exposed to extreme weather conditions due to its location on the Long Island Sound, where salt water from the ocean rapidly accelerates the deterioration of the facade and roof.
EDG was selected to be the architects and engineers for the facade restoration and roof waterproofing program for the Manor that began in 2008.
Investigation is always the first step to a successful restoration project. This includes performing careful due diligence to obtain all of the available information on the construction of the facade as well as the history of repairs. What we don't have a clear picture of, we probe prior to or during construction to determine the conditions. Only when there is an understanding of the construction can proper repair and waterproofing be designed.
We worked closely with the contractor for repairs so there were no surprises in material selection or cost, which was essential for performing the work within budget. Our experts are trained to work with contractors and get feedback, ensuring constructability. EDG continues to provide facade repair design and detailing for dozens of unique facade conditions that will help keep the Manor free of leaks and maintain the longevity this Landmark.
Residential Tower Garage Renovation
The building is an eighteen story residential tower with a two level parking garage below.
The garage below this existing tower hadn't received maintenance and repairs in some time and the garage was in extreme disrepair. We also performed a feasibility study to determine if it was possible to replace one of the elevators with a vehicular ramp for faster access for the garage operator.
Our client had already had some design work performed and received bids from contractors prior to our involvement. They were given our name from a reference because of our experience as value-engineering specialists. We came in and reassessed, looking to find the best repair method and products for the project. This often involves big picture assessment such as weighing the cost of removal against the cost of repair. For the new ramp, with the use of our surveying technology and understanding of building engineering, and worked within inches to provide the ramp access.
Our assessment result in the determination that the most cost-effective repair involved the replacement of the entire topside of the concrete slab with large areas of full replacement. Due to the volume of the patch repairs required, the joint work, the individual prep and piece-work, it would be a better repair, and a savings of nearly $400,000 to perform this replacement rather than the patch style repair. With the installation of the ramp, we increase the value of the space to an operator significantly, for minimal cost, providing a return on investment of a year and a half. Weighing cost vs. value is at the center of everything we do. All work, including the ramp, and sidewalk waterproofing issues, was performed for the same amount as the original contractors bid for just the patch repair.
West End Collapse
A section of brick wall approximately 60 feet long by 30 feet high had collapsed onto the city sidewalk. Fortunately, no one was injured in the collapse. EDG immediately responded to a call from the building's management, and was one of the first parties on site.
EDG performed emergency response including coordinating sidewalk protection, assessment and reporting of the cause of the collapse, investigation into the remainder of the wall, and design of the remediation program.
We worked integrally with the Commissioner of the NYC Department of Buildings and his team to investigate and determine the cause of the collapse. A report of our investigation was submitted within 24hrs. and reviewed and approved by the Commissioner's office.
Investigation findings indicated extensive bowing and underlying deterioration of wall ties due to water infiltration at the parapet coping and expansion joints in the facade and improper drainage of the face brick. EDG performed an extensive investigation of the remaining walls to determine if any other wall sections were at risk of collapse and designed cost effective remediation work that avoided the reconstruction of the full length of the wall.
The Helmsley Hotels range from 16 to 40 stories, with hundreds of hotel rooms, with exterior facades varying in construction from brick and stone masonry, to glass curtain wall.
For several Helmsley locations, prior to their recent sale, we have performed façade conditions reports including Local Law 11 reporting, design services for façade repairs, performed parking garage repairs below the hotel, plaza repairs, roof repairs, as well as interior architectural alterations.
As part of the New York City Local Law 11 façade inspections, EDG performed extensive façade repairs to the structures as part of maintenance program developed for the Helmsley Organization. For the associated façade repairs, we identified scaffold locations, coordinated riggers, identified all required repair locations and prepared all construction documents for contractors to place bids on.
We worked directly with the Helmsley’s management staff, providing cost estimates and schedules were provided to the client for budgeting purposes. Due to careful planning, all work was completed on time and within our estimated cost budget range.
For all of the projects, we effectively managed the process including the filing of the work with the Dept. of Buildings. We have in-house expeditors to handle the filing process and procedure, and have performed hundreds of Building Dept. Filings. We start filings very early in the process and understand the potential pitfalls of the Dept. of Buildings, allowing us to shorten the average filing period considerably.