Park Avenue Armory |
This multi-phased restoration, revitalization and adaptive re-use of a landmark facility included the refashioning of the 55,000 SF Wade Thompson Drill Hall into a state-of-the-art multi-purpose visual and performing arts space, and renovation of historic Park Avenue Head House, re-establishing the Armory as a social and cultural destination. The team completed the 8th phase of renovation which included the construction of a new service core within the occupied facility that houses a secondary egress staircase, additional patron restrooms, two elevators, and vertical MEP/FP/FA infrastructure.
The Drill Hall has been given new life as a one-of-a-kind performance and arts center with its new HVAC system, structural upgrades, and theatrical infrastructure which was completed in Phase 4. Earlier phases of construction included major structural interventions to reorganize the location of the Armory's office space, Women's Shelter and National Guard offices to maximize the utility of this full city-block building. A modular MEP plant was constructed on the 5th floor that will serve the current and future renovations of the Head House building.
To date, the restoration of historic spaces in the Head House include the Veterans Room, Board of Officers Room, and the Company D and E Regiment Rooms. On the exterior of the building, a phased approach has been taken to make the building watertight and to restore the masonry facade, copper mansard roof and iconic cast iron fence.
Remarkably, all of these projects have been completed with an occupied building and full programming schedule.