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.

Brilliance Lighting Award !

325 Kent Ave is a residential building that is part of the larger Domino Sugar site being developed by Two Trees Management, Inc. The building has a noticeable ‘hole’ in the center- a playful nod to the ubiquitous ‘Sugar’ donut. The building was designed by Ismael Levya Architects, while the interiors were developed by Leeser Architecture. Blondie’s Treehouse, Inc built all three main exterior amenity spaces.

The Courtyard is 9900 SF. A central, rectilinear dry-bed leads through a random planting of large Shade trees, ferns and perennials and ends at a blackened steel water feature. The water spills into a reflecting pool that features a 12’ tall sandstone sculpture by Lluis Lleo. Two thirty foot built-in benches flank the deck that surrounds the end of the reflecting pool.

The 16th Floor has two terraces that are nearly mirror images. At roughly 3000 SF, one of the terraces functions as an entertainment space with a built in kitchen and seating, while the other features a flush deck that acts as an outdoor yoga classroom.

The 17th Floor Roof deck is approximately 5000 SF and comprises distinct usage areas, including a 40’ long kitchen and bar area, picnic spaces, North and South lounges, conversational clusters and a raised garden of steppable plants and lounge chairs under shade trees. Blondie’s Treehouse, Inc. fabricated all of the architecture above the waterproofing membrane- including the custom kitchen, planters, edging, stairs, decking, lounges and benches.

Blackened Steel, ipe, rectangular pavers and linear lighting appear throughout the spaces.

 

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.

Kips Bay Showhouse

Each year, celebrated interior designers transform a luxury Manhattan home into an elegant exhibition of fine furnishings, art and technology. Blondie’s is proud to participate in this year’s showhouse by providing the botanical decor including an exterior moss wall, water feature accents and greenery.
The Show House receives as many as 15,000 guests annually from across the nation. Since its inception, the Show House has raised over $21,000,000 for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, which currently reaches over 10,000 young people at nine locations throughout the Bronx. Today, the club is proudly one of the most prominent and responsive youth development agencies in New York City and a flagship of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

To purchase tickets to this unique event:
http://www.kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org/planyourvisit

9,500 sq ft of Dumbo rooftop…

On the Brooklyn waterfront nestled between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges is 45 Main Street, a 475,000 square-foot office building and one of the signature properties of the neighborhood known as DUMBO. Here, developer Two Trees Management has converted the former factory building to create a mix of private and co-working spaces with incredible views a short walk to the waterfront. With the ground floor dedicated to retailers and the arts, the rooftop is a 9,500 square-foot shared space designed by Landscape Architect James Corner Field Operations and built by Blondie’s Treehouse Inc. We retrofitted the rooftop on this historic building with a mix of stone and wood surfaces. A herringbone pattern of grey and white granite creates a distinct area for blue bistro tables. In the south section of the rooftop an elevated ipe platform introduces an additional level for more casual lounging. Large planters of weathered Corten Steel feature Gleditsia, Amalenchier, Dogwood and Witchhazel as well as perennials and grasses. Custom ipe benches create privacy seating and serve as space dividers along the north and east walls. To install this project on time, Blondie’s brought in a 140-ton crane and secured permits allowing the closure of Washington Street. In a single morning, we lifted 250 cubic yards of soil and drainage stone, twenty-five 15’ trees, each with 30” root balls, 1,600 one gallon perennials as well as pavers and a variety of construction materials. Without the crane, this material would have required the freight elevators for a solid week, a difficult prospect in a busy building at full occupancy. Over a period of nearly four weeks, Blondie’s craftsmen and gardeners fabricated custom woodwork and planters and carefully planted thousands of perennials, shrubs and trees, transforming this rooftop from an empty and unutilized space into a fully realized, functional and quite gorgeous urban landscape.