Nelligan White worked closely with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) to renovate outdoor spaces that included gardens, play areas, and basketball courts. The 2016 contract awarded to our firm involved projects with a variety of building types throughout Manhattan.
At the Robert Fulton Houses, the surfaces of the playground area were observed to be in poor condition. Our team discerned cracked asphalt and concrete across approximately 6,200 square feet of the playground and painted area. Additionally, Nelligan White accounted for six sprinklers embedded in the concrete as well as four catch basins within the play area. Members of NYCHA also stated that the site had flooded during periods of heavy rainfall.
Nelligan White proposed and undertook an expanded design rework of the outdoor space. The sprinkler area was relocated to the southeast corner of the space. Our team also designed a new seating area located at the corner of the playground that gives guardians a comfortable place to sit and watch their children. We installed another new seating area accompanied by barbeques in the north section of the space that makes the playground ideal for small gatherings and events. Circulation paths were rerouted to emphasize the separation between the service access to the rear of the building and the play area. Nelligan White also added gates to close the playground at night. Lastly, enlarged and improved garden areas with low maintenance planting provide a buffer from the street and create a compelling, green room.