HS 615 Exterior Restoration

Client: NYC SCA
Location: HS 615 Chelsea Vocational High School, Manhattan, NY
Size: ±70,000sf exterior facades and roofs
Included ±14,000sf of copper work including cornices and details, integrated gutters, and vertical standing seam panels on the roof side of the 15 foot tall mansard parapets.  Additional work included terra cotta replacement and remediation, slate tile mansard roofs, masonry rehabilitation, ornamental cast-iron restoration, structural steel reinforcement, built-up roofing replacement, exterior door replacement, gutter heat tracing, and related interior work.
  • Scope Report/Schematic Design
  • Construction Documents
  • Construction Administration
Awarded 2011 North American Copper in Architecture Award

Our firm was proud to form part of the team responsible for the restoration and rehabilitation of this landmark school, originally built in 1905.  Integrating historical techniques with contemporary practice, the cornice which had been removed during a prior rehabilitation was carefully recreated using archival photographs.  The high level of work that was accomplished, especially in reinstating the copper cornice and gutter system, not only provides an additional level of protection for the façade but returns some grace and beauty to an inner city public school that was in urgent need of attention.