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.

22’ Wreath at Grand Central Station

What’s 22’ wide, hangs over midtown, weighs an actual ton, and is loved by one and all? It’s no easy feat dressing up a gigantic transit hub, much less an icon, a landmark, an architectural and engineering marvel in the heart of the busiest city in the world-  We proudly present Grand Central Terminal’s absolutely enormous wreath, displayed about as prominently as it gets, and delivering holiday cheer to Midtown in dramatic fashion. No fewer than twelve individual frames support this gargantuan wreath, which clocks in at over 22’ in diameter. The oversize custom red bow is 13.5’ wide, adorned with twin 15’ tails. Our state-of-the-art control system acts as the brains of the wreath, directing a dazzling array of custom light displays. Adorned with over 7,400 lights, this wreath boasts over a mile of lights! Happy Holidays, NYC!

 

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.

Innisfree Award

The Innisfree Lexington Store was announced as a 2019 NYCxDESIGN Awards Finalist in the Large Retail category. This is in addition to the Retail Design Institute Award that has already been won for this store.

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.