Glenwood Houses is a 1950s era housing complex comprised of 20 six-story buildings, playgrounds for children, and a senior center. Operated by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the complex was designed in a modified tower-in-the-park style. This is a medium-height complex instead of a typical high-rise facility. It provides a home to 2,700 residents in the Flatlands neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Over the decades, problems with age and use began to manifest, including ponding and leaking at the roofs, and deterioration of the brick masonry façades. Original construction methods compounded this as the existing face brick was not installed to allow for the cyclic expansion and contraction. The most damage was found at the existing parapets.
As a part of the repair campaign, roofs and parapets were replaced as well as selective face brick replacement on all buildings. The parapets were replaced with an integrated spandrel panel and curb assembly made from architectural pre-cast, with a roof railing directly attached. This assembly eliminated roof penetrations for the railing – a frequent source of leaks – and accelerated construction. The assembly is the basis for a new NYCHA standard detail used throughout their portfolio.
A new aluminum curtain wall with ballistic glazing replaced the wall above all the entrances to Glenwood’s 20 buildings, as a replacement for the cracked glass block throughout. These new curtain walls enhance the space withing the corridors by allowing additional light into the building interiors.