Graham Brings Light to a “Concrete Block” in Brooklyn

June 27, 2017

It’s easy to take for granted the contribution windows make to the urban landscape … until you encounter a structure like Building 77 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Opened in 1942, Building 77 stood for decades as, in the words of one website, a “gargantuan 16-story concrete block.” Windowless in 11 of its 16 stories, another website called it “essentially uninhabitable for non-vampiric workers.”

Now, though, the former one million square foot storage facility is a state-of-the-art industrial and manufacturing tech and design hub.

With windows, thanks to Graham Architectural Products.

The building features 2,517 of Graham’s 6700 Series windows – an aluminum window with a profile that replicates historic steel. The job earned National Park Service and Landmarks Preservation Commission approvals.

Why was it windowless? No one knows for sure.

According to one site, “While the official functions of Building 77 over the years have been rather mundane (a 1943 map notes: ‘Administration Bldg and General Storehouse’), its imposing and secretive appearance have inspired many rumors and legends over the years. The offices on the top five floors – which housed the offices of Navy admirals during the war – were said to have been added to allay the fears of the surrounding community that dangerous weapons were being stored or tested inside. We have heard stories about things ranging from bomb testing to the Manhattan Project, though evidence of neither has ever been shown.”

The site quotes one Navy veteran who “recalled working on electronic warfare and radio interference experiments there.”

Its current purpose is far less mysterious. According to the Brooklyn Navy Yard Industrial Park website, “Building 77 represents one of the first opportunities in years where the Yard will have significant space to accommodate the growth of existing businesses or provide a home to new businesses.” The building “will serve as a public gateway to the Yard, and the central gathering point for Yard businesses, employees and their guests.”

Maurice Benor, the rep who sold the job for Graham, said, “Honestly, they weren’t even sure they were going to do the whole building in the beginning. Then they wound up going ahead with the whole project. It was supposed to be a small job, then it turned into a massive job.

“But it’s another example of them taking these old, dilapidated buildings that are rotting away and converting them into usable light manufacturing spaces and events spaces. It’s great to be a part of the re-gentrification of the Navy Yard.”

Enterprise Architectural did the installation.

To find out more about the Graham products used on this project, contact Bruce Croak, Graham’s marketing manager.


Architecture Billings Index Continues Upward March

June 22, 2017

The Architecture Billings Index showed an increase in billings for the fourth consecutive month, bringing another boost in optimism to the architecture and construction industries.
The Index, reported by the American Institute of Architects, came in at 53 for May, …

Graham Helps Yet Another Project Receive Awards

June 20, 2017

Recently, Lane Tech College Prep High School was celebrated for its significant transformation. Tyler Lane Construction and the entire Lane Tech project team accepted not one, but two coveted awards, receiving the Owner’s Choice Award and the Rehab Construction Award …

Graham Sponsors Continuing Ed Course on Hurricane-Resistant Windows and Doors

June 14, 2017

A new AIA accredited continuing education course on hurricane-resistant windows and doors is now available online, courtesy of Graham Architectural Products.
The Graham-sponsored course, titled “Shelter from the Storm,” originally appeared in Architectural Record’s May, 2017 issue.
The course does …

Arthur J. Gallagher Receives ASA Chicago’s Outstanding Project Award

June 9, 2017

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., the country’s fourth-largest commercial insurance broker, recently completed the renovation of a 10-story, 300,000 sq. foot structure to serve as its new global corporate headquarters at 2850 Golf Road in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
Graham Architectural …

Dodge Momentum Index Registers May Jump

June 9, 2017

Led by a burst in the commercial component, the Dodge Momentum Index jumped 4 percent in May.
The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning. These have been shown …

GAP Brings Energy Efficiency and Blast Mitigation to West Point Project

June 2, 2017

Photo Credit: US Army Corps of Engineers – Photographer Daniel Desmet
The brand new, six-story Davis Barracks at West Point features a modern, energy efficient design that, according to one source, will save taxpayers $44,000 annually. And since it stands …