Fair Warning

This sign is meant to be taken seriously. I’ve been near a lot of unsafe buildings: some of them were in use, some were cordoned off with police tape, some were boarded up. This sign – on the fence surrounding the Smallpox Hospital on Roosevelt Island is the first time I’ve seen an attempt at actual …

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A Completed Project in the Press

Montrose Morris of the Brownstoner blog has provided a detailed history of 951 Prospect Place (also known as 172 Brooklyn Avenue) including the repairs we worked on after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. This was an effectively abandoned buildings that lost part of its facade in the storm. We worked on stabilization and repair of the …

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Pay No Attention to the Engineers Behind the Curtain

Once again, our work is publicized without any mention of us: the Bow Bridge repairs we designed a while back are going to be built this summer. The bad news is that the bridge will be closed for the duration. The good news is that it is the most beautiful cast-iron in New York:

Talking About the Neighbors

And I don’t mean gossip. We’ve had a large number of projects in the last few years where we review the effect of construction on neighboring buildings. Most of the time we work for the people next door to the construction site; on a few occasions we’ve worked for the owner of the construction site. …

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Old Structures is now a Certified B Corporation

Old Structures Engineering became a Certified B Corporation this year. We were certified by the non­profit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.​We’ve evaluated how our practices impact our employees, our community, the environment, and our customers. Today, there are over 1,200 Certified B Corps in 38 countries. …

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