Reconfiguring Two Pre-War Buildings into One Space
DRPILLA provided comprehensive structural design services for renovations to two pre-war commercial office buildings located on the highly visible corner of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The renovations created a greater distinction between the Brite Smile retail presence at the street level and the identity of the building. Our scope of work included the removal of portions of the adjoining party wall at the basement, 1st and 2nd levels; floor framing for the addition of new bisecting level (mezzanine) of the 1st and 2nd levels; and design of the space’s signature feature – a “flying” curved stairs and glass railings. In addition, the entrance and lobby have been completely upgraded to provide a more gracious and accessible entry sequence. We provided the façade design and engineering of the double height glass store front and vestibule.