The Lessons of Spring

 

The vernal equinox marks the beginning of longer, brighter days. Spring’s extra daylight has the power to change us in positive ways. We feel more optimistic and resilient; just as plants turn to capture the light of the sun, we humans also depend upon and crave sunlight for our mental and physical well-being.

As light begins to shine brightly once more and birds, insects and animals emerge, and plants and flowers begin to bloom, it is indeed a time of renewal. Spring is a time for us to embark on new journeys and start new projects with fresh ideas. As we ponder the tiny leaflets on each tree, let us also allow that optimism to guide our own re-emergence, resilience and growth.

Our clients are the real winners!

 

It’s tough to put into words the pride we feel from completing a major new roof deck, terrace or garden project. Luckily, our incredible clients have done it for us. We are extremely proud to have received this email from Andy Loftus, General Superintendent and Project Manager for New Line Structures, the GC at Gotham, Tishman Speyer’s massive commercial project in LIC. We couldn’t ask for a better client than New Line, this project has been a truly rewarding experience from every angle. Thank you, Andy!

“This craning operation was perfectly planned out and perfectly executed on the day of the crane event (rooftop tree mobilization). You had as many supervisors on-site as you did workforce and this is a rarity these days and it was very much appreciated. If every contractor operated this way our daily oversight with regards to safety and work would be significantly reduced. Again “Thank you and you team” and we’re excited to see the end results of the 5th floor setback.”

-Andy Loftus, General Superintendent and Project Manager, New Line Structures

The massive rooftop park, a full acre of green space five stories up, connects the two commercial towers, both fully leased. Our team craned 88 populus trees to the fifth-floor space, installing them along with over 25,000 perennials and native grasses, including salvia, carex, eragrostis, viburnum and persicara. The ‘park in the sky’ is the largest elevated garden in the area, cementing the JACX’s domination among commercial projects in Long Island City.

Form, Function, Fun!

Our new playground installation at the Kent

This project presented a rare opportunity to create a very cool outdoor play space designed entirely for children-  Complete with specialized and locally built equipment for running, climbing, sliding and getting the wiggles out- even a custom treehouse, a perfect space for immersive play. From the bouncy suspension bridge to the mysterious tunnel, the tower slide to the right-sized seating- this hidden playground at The Kent, Extell’s new residential project at 200 East 95th Street was conceived and built to be thoroughly enjoyed by the most discerning users in the world- kids.

Parents too will appreciate the variety of play spaces, where everything has been thoughtfully designed to appeal to active, energetic kids. While highly usable, as embodied by the climbing wall and treehouse, the safety flooring and surfaces throughout ensure that the space is both fun and secure. The hand-painted birch trunks and suspension bridge traversing a moat are just two elements that help this project to stand out- this was an especially fun and fulfilling project to be involved with.

Also notable in this project: Synthetic geo-mounds and turf, modular concrete planters, poured-in-place safety flooring, sentry tower with escape slide, custom built treehouse hideaway, irrigation, lighting, plantings.

55,000 sq ft green roof

This  55ksf  extensive  green  roof  serves  multiple  functions.  While  the  local  environment  benefits from  a  reduction  of  the  heat  island  effect,  minimized  storm  runoff  and  added  protection  to  the roof  membrane,  this  sedum  green  roof  transforms  a  series  of  bare,  unattractive  spaces  into  a vibrant,  lush  amenity  for  the  residents  of  this  new  development.  The  green  roof  is  perhaps  the most  visible  element  of  the  suite  of  high  end  amenities  and  finishes  envisioned  by  the  developer,  and  emblematic  of  the  continuing  evolution  of  this  historic  neighborhood.

Aesthetic Values (Beauty and Visibility)  One of the most visible exterior elements of the brand new Skyview Parc development, the multi-level green roof melds seamlessly with the ground level park and amenity directly to the East. This harmony is one of the key functions of the green roof, achieving a cohesion with the surrounding area and transforming a series of bare rooftops into a broad, cascading waterfall of vibrant green.

The  green  roof,  perhaps  the  most  visible  exterior  feature  of  this  gleaming  new  luxury  development,  is  symbolic  of  the  improvements  to  the  neighborhood.  The  success  of  this  project  has  already  led  to  further  investment  in  the  surrounding  area,  with  new  construction  and  infrastructure  plans  pointing  toward  a  bright  new  future  for Flushing.  The  relationship  between  the  glitzy,  upscale  amenities  like  the  green  roof  and  the  records  in  sales  is  impossible  to  miss-  the  green  roof  is  a  benefit  not  only  to  the  residents  and  the  environment  at  large,  but  as  an  effective  sales  tool  for  developers  and  marketers  as  well.