Purcell Architects recently has been concentrating on public housing revitalization design for the New York City Housing Authority.
The project involves 1940-1950 era public housing projects in Brooklyn NY. The buildings and sites were severely damaged by hurricane Sandy and were in need of immediate remediation as well as a long term strategy for future storm protection, general upgrades and revitalization.
Purcell Architects responsibility included extensive surveys and reports, documenting the damage and possible solutions for the future.
Long term issues include building envelope upgrade solutions in the form of cladding options for all the buildings, Entrance lobbies upgrades, reroofing, window replacement, ADA accessibility solutions and site lighting upgrades. Utilities upgrades included heating, cooling, domestic hot water, electrical power and communications solutions for the 21st century.