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.
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.
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.
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.