architecture+ designed the rehabilitation of the Grand Staircase between the Empire State Plaza and the Cultural Education Center as a New York State Office of General Services (OGS) Term Contract assignment. This $7.4 million project was undertaken, primarily, to replace the original structural slab waterproofing system that had reached the end of its expected service life. All of the granite steps were removed and stored on site while the cast-in-place concrete sub slab waterproofing system was removed and replaced. The granite steps were reinstalled as a drainable rainscreen. New stainless steel trench drains and stainless steel step lighting housings with LED light fixtures were designed and custom fabricated for the project.
Honor Award, Historic Preservation, AIA, Eastern New York Chapter, 2016
Structural Engineering Project of the Year, Structural Engineering Institute, Mohawk Hudson Chapter, 2016
“One of New York State’s most significant examples of architecture is whole again.”
Mark Schaming, State Museum Director