The Amberly (203 Jay Street)
203 Jay Street's The Amberly is a new, mixed-use development in downtown Brooklyn featuring an 8-story commercial podium with both retail and office space underneath a 29-story residential tower with 270 units, totaling 355,000 square feet. Amenity spaces include a 9th-floor terrace, a 33rd-floor terrace and a rooftop deck. The tower features a combination of glass window wall and metal panels alongside a base of terracotta panels.
Vidaris provided building envelope consulting and monitoring services for the project, including the exterior wall, roofing and waterproofing.
The project architect was Woods Bagot and Vidaris' client was AmTrust Realty Group.
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
Located in Somerville’s Assembly Square, the new Partners HealthCare holds administrative offices along with 100,000 square feet of retail and dining and a parking garage. Partners HealthCare is the state’s largest private employer. The project is part of the first phase of the 1.1 million square foot, 45-acre Assembly Row development.
Vidaris was involved from the schematic design phase through the job site monitoring phase. Vidaris’ services include exterior wall, roofing and waterproofing consulting and monitoring, encompassing green roof and foundations.
Photo Credit: Kyle J Caldwell
The new Winthrop Center tower is replacing a 4-story public garage in the Financial District of Boston. Set to be almost 700 feet tall, the development will be mixed use, containing approximately 500 residential units, offices and retail space as well as an underground garage, and will be a market leader in sustainability and resiliency, seeking certification as a Passive House Pilot Project as well as LEED Platinum.
Vidaris is providing exterior wall, roofing and waterproofing consulting, and will be providing site monitoring.
Rendering Credit: MP Boston | Steelblue
This was the first of several phases for Flushing Commons. This project is mixed use with a 600-unit residential tower, 420,000 sf of commerical office and retail space, a 62,000 sf YMCA and 15,000 sf of community facility space, and a 1,600-car parking garage. It is a LEED v3 C+S project. Vidaris helped Rockefeller Group achieve 15.3% savings.
Our scope included energy analysis for LEED, Energy Code and NYSERDA incentives. It was cofounded by NYSERDA’s NCP. We were under contract with Perkins Eastman, the Architect. LEED consulting was performed by Taitem Engineering.
Photo Credit: Copyright Andrew Rugge, Courtesy Perkins Eastman
Top of the Rock at 30 Rockefeller Plaza
The observation deck at the top of the Rockefeller Center went under a 75 million dollar renovation from the original ocean liner theme of the deck. It is considered the best panoramic view in New York City because one can see the entire skyline including the Empire State Building. The observation is a popular New York tourist attraction. Its new entrance features a three-level atrium with a helical spiral stairway that introduces the idea of ascent. The centerpiece of the lobby is a cascading crystal chandelier, designed by the architects in collaboration with Swarovski. As an alternative to fencing or railings, the decks’ safety enclosures are cantilevered, 8.5 foot tall glass panels that are designed to be unobtrusive to the landmark Indiana limestone and cast-aluminum parapet.
Vidaris has been involved on Top of the Rock off and on since 2003, and was recently active with inspecting the observation deck. Having also conducted Local Law 11/98 (FISP) inspections, consulted on the building’s window replacement and facade cleaning, and inspected terrace doors and glass screen panels, we are very familiar with the project and its existing conditions.
5 Manhattan West (450 West 33rd Street)
Originally built in 1969, 5 Manhattan West underwent a major renovation, including a facade overclad, to make it fit with its new development counterparts in the rest of the far west side development boom. The base of the building features approximately 80,000 sf of retail space with about 1.7 million sf of office space above. The building’s repositioning was intended to appeal to the city’s fast growing technology sector with its expansive, raw and open-concept floor plates. The office building also features 20,000 sf of rooftop space.
Vidaris provided site monitoring and special inspection services for the renovation, observing the new envelope’s installation - a new insulated, low-iron, low-emissivity floor-to-ceiling “pleated” glass facade, replacing the opaque concrete exterior that also increases energy efficiency. The building remained occupied during the overclad process.
Photo Credit: Pavel Bendov 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 Wheeler at 422 Fulton Street (Macy's)
The redevelopment of Macy’s at 422 Fulton in Brooklyn includes a new 10-story addition to the existing building to hold 620,000 square feet of commercial office space. This new addition, dubbed The Wheeler, will have floor plates that range from 30,000 to 90,000 square feet.
Vidaris has provided consulting on the existing masonry building’s window replacement and cast iron facade refurbishment. We have also consulted on the exterior wall of the new addition and are currently providing site monitoring of said addition. The new facades include serrated curtain walls with decorative aluminum fins, and prefabricated steel-framed mega-panels with corrugated aluminum panels and ribbon windows.
One Hudson Boulevard (55 Hudson Yards)
Located in the East Rail Yards (ERY) section of Hudson Yards, a 17 million square foot development, this project incorporates layout flexibility and terraces, optimizing the workspace environment.
Along with 55 Hudson Yards, Vidaris serves as the LEED/energy consultant for the Office Tower C (LEED Platinum), and Office Tower A, Residential Tower D, Mixed Use Tower E, the Culture Shed and the Retail Podium - all LEED Gold. Vidaris also provides the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) consulting for the entire Hudson Yards site.
Vidaris assisted the design team in increasing the energy efficiency of the tower by analyzing several measures, notably:
- High efficiency glazing with lower U-Value and SHGC-value
- Lower lighting power density in core and shell spaces and exterior areas
- Heat recovery of exhaust air
- High efficiency water-cooled DX air conditioners
- High efficiency condensing boiler
Vidaris’ LEED consulting has included documentation support of such measures as:
- A 25,000 gallon stormwater retention tank, with reuse for cooling tower makeup and irrigation
- A Measurement & Verification program for energy -related systems using metering equipment, the Building Management Control System (BMCS), and a calibrated energy model, to provide ongoing accountability of energy and water consumption
- High efficiency (MERV 13) filters for ventilation system outdoor air intakes
- Tenant guidelines including requirements for an organic waste management system for restaurants and cafeterias, to meet NYC Local Law 146 (Commercial Organics Law)
Vidaris also provided energy modeling for Energy Code compliance and support for the NYC Local Law 84. The energy efficiency and LEED work was cost-shared by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.