Congress Square

Congress Square, located at 40 Water Street, is a commercial office development featuring both office and 43,000 sf of retail space located in the heart of Downtown Boston. The building’s base was fully restored, a seven-story curtain wall addition was placed atop, and a custom designed fiberglass reinforced plastic soffit was developed to merge the two, creating an amazing adaptive reuse project. The new addition cantilevers 24 feet over the side of the historic base. Congress Square earned a Special Mention in 2016 by Architizer’s A+ Awards.   Photo Credit: Robert Benson Photography

Hudson Commons (441 Ninth Avenue)

Hudson Commons is a major transformation of an eight-story warehouse built in 1962. An additional 17 floors will be added atop the black masonry-clad tower, bringing 700,000 square feet of new office space, and new storefront at the building’s base will feature wrap-around curtain wall with bold lines, referencing the original 1960’s design. Vidaris is currently engaged by the Client for building envelope consulting and monitoring for the following scopes of work at the Project: ninth floor through “Top of House” (17-story addition) curtain wall system, existing podium (floors 2-8) “ribbon” windows, tower metal panels, louvers, ground floor storefront and entrances, and various setback terrace doors.   Photo Credit: Pavel Bendov Photography

The Forum, Columbia University

The new University Forum hosts academic conferences, meetings, and symposia, featuring a state-of-the-art 430-seat auditorium as well as additional break-out and meeting rooms, faculty offices, and open gathering spaces. The auditorium is clad with a prefabricated concrete skin, whereas the offices have a glazed façade allowing in daylight. The transparent ground floor is both conceptually and physically open to the public. Following our shop inspections for the fabrication of the aluminum curtain wall, Vidaris became actively involved with monitoring the installation of the exterior wall at the job site, observing the embeds, the precast concrete panels and windows, the aluminum curtain wall, the glass fiber reinforced concrete, and the steel and glass canopy. Vidaris has performed energy modeling (a) to help the team meet the green guidelines of Columbia University, with 25% energy cost savings required, (b) the efficiency needed for LEED Gold and (c) NYC Energy Code compliance. Vidaris also led the effort to obtain the LEED Gold rating, providing initial direction for the sustainability effort, and during the entire course of the project, overview of the detailed work performed by its subconsultant, e4.   Photo Credit: Pavel Bendov Photography

The Clock Tower Edition Hotel (5 Madison Avenue)

This project involved completely restoring/upgrading the exterior of the building including all of the infrastructure inside (electrical, etc.). The result is a state-of-the-art, almost brand-new building. The new hotel has 355 rooms and include other amenities like a restaurant, a banquet space, a spa, and a “clock machine room” to operate the landmark icon. Vidaris has assisted with Local Law 11/98 Cycle 6 and FISP Cycle 7 compliance, and consulted on the restoration and renovation of the building envelope including the window replacement, terrace doors installation, and facade modification. Additionally we worked on the interface details of adjacent One Madison Avenue during the renovation. Based on our experience with existing buildings, we identified that there was forensic work of the existing conditions needed to establish the appropriate anchorage of the window into the existing substrate. Vidaris also performed and directed field testing to verify that the window anchorage was appropriate to withstand the anticipated wind loads.

The House at Cornell Tech

The House at Cornell Tech is a 26-story tower with 350 residences for students, staff and faculty. It includes many amenities including a gym, lounge, roof deck and media rooms. The project is the world’s tallest and largest Passive House building, using up to 70% less energy than a conventional high-rise with its 9-by-36-foot metal panels with 8 to 13 inches of insulation. Working closely with the entire team, Vidaris helped to develop details to satisfy Passive House requirements while managing the constructability, construction sequencing and budget. Vidaris also assisted with translating and incorporating European requirements into project documents, including specifications and architectural drawings; these documents helped to ensure details, like air barriers and insulation, met requirements. Because Passive House has conceptual standards that are catered to 1-2 story buildings, Vidaris helped drive the discussion to develop compromises and decisions, which satisfied all parties, that allowed the adaptation to high rise construction where sequencing and constructability are important factors.   Photo Credit: Pavel Bendov Photography

2 Waterline Square

2 Waterline Square consists of two residential towers and a ground floor retail podium project at Riverside Center on the west side of Manhattan. The two towers are 37 and 24 story’s tall respectively. Vidaris’ scope of services includes exterior wall, roofing and waterproofing (above grade and foundation) consulting and construction administration monitoring services, which subsequently includes NYC DOB TR-1 special inspections for shop fabrication and job site inspections and TR-8 energy code compliance inspections for building envelope.

Hub on Causeway

The Boston Garden redevelopment, known as Hub on Causeway, is a three-phase project on the site of the original Boston Garden, next to the existing TD Garden. Phase one is the podium, phase two is the residential/hotel tower, and phase three is the office tower. The podium is a 1.2 million square foot, eight-story above-grade new construction project with garage, retail and creative office space. The podium also has an additional three stories of below-grade parking and one level of below-grade tenant space. The building will be comprised primarily of retail and office space, but will also contain elevator lobby, restrooms and various back-of-house support space. The residential/hotel tower features a 200-key hotel over 16 stories and 325,000 square feet of residences over 33 stories. The office tower is a is a 574,000 square foot, twenty-three story new construction project situated above a podium with retail and concourse space. The building will be comprised primarily of office space, but will also contain elevator lobby, restrooms, and various back-of-house support space.