Empire State Plaza Grand Stair Awarded for Masonry Excellence by SMART dynamics of masonry


We are proud to announce that the Empire State Plaza Grand Stair project has been awarded a Designing Masonry for ALL Its Worth Award by the SMART dynamics of masonry publication. The Grand Stair was awarded in the Outdoor Gathering Spaces category. The project involved the complete reconstruction of the waterproofing system of the monumental stair structure, which spans over Madison Avenue in Albany, New York, and connects the terrace of the New York State Museum with the Plaza to the north. The project included the removal of the granite stairs and marble parapets, and the construction of a new concrete sub-slab with fully integrated drainage mat. Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis provided professional engineering services to assess the existing condition of the structure, assisted in sequencing the work to prevent excessive rebound and damage during removal and reconstruction activities, and analyzed the necessary stone support and anchorage. The Owner is the New York State Office of General Services, the Architect is Architecture+, the General Contractor is Louis C. Allegrone, Inc., and the materials supplier is Keicher Metal Arts.

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