As fee developer for the project, BLOCK53 oversaw all aspects of design, construction, and project financing. We worked with ownership to establish a comprehensive vision for the site and neighboring parcels, navigating zoning and code requirements to secure development capacity that can be capitalized on in the future. As a result, the building has been structurally engineered to carry loads for an additional five floors of development—structure that would have been prohibitively expensive to install through subsequent construction.
BLOCK53’s involvement in design management resulted in a vital collaboration with the architect to shape the garage’s distinctive exterior. The wall’s punctuations not only give the skin its dramatic appeal, alternating between shadows in the day and glowing reveals at night, but is also calibrated to allow ventilation and to control glare from car headlights. To accommodate these functional requirements, precast concrete emerged as the logical building material. Not only was precast was easy to install—the entire facade was erected in two-and-a-half weeks—but it is almost maintenance-free in operation.