New York, New York
The main U.S. General Post Office in New York was designed by McKim, Meade, and White and constructed between 1908 and 1913. BCA is the preservation and conservation consultant for this project, which entails the conversion of the granite and terra cotta landmark post office to a major transportation complex. BCA carried out historical research and prepared a history and design guidelines for the project. BCA prepared report submissions and made numerous presentations to the New York State Historic Preservation Office for the adaptive reuse of the building. A Section 106 process was required for this building.
From 2000-2009, BCA conducted an extensive conditions survey of the exterior and interior features of the post office building, including the cast iron, exterior granite, interior marble, wood trim and paneling, windows, terra cotta, decorative metals, lighting, plaster, and paint. BCA conducted extensive cleaning tests and paint analyses. BCA designed and executed probes to determine the construction and condition of the terra cotta cornice. BCA prepared plans and specifications for all restoration scope and coordinated its work with the many disciplines involved in this complex project. This project earned the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award given by the New York Landmarks Conservancy in 2008.
Currently, the project is in a new phase of construction. BCA provided construction documents and is currently providing construction administration services for all historic areas of the station.
Related services: Conditions Surveys, Cost Estimating, Field Testing, Inspection Services, Lab Testing, Landmarks, Measured Drawings, Probes, Research, Specifications, Working Drawings