Lavanburg Homes

Lavanburg Homes, erected in 1927, is a six-story building with 95 apartments owned by the New York City Housing Authority and operated by the Henry Street Settlement.

The storm surge catalyzed by Superstorm Sandy flooded the cellar and submerged the boiler room of Lavanburg Homes for several days. The saltwater brought on by this storm effectively destroyed or severely damaged all mechanical and electrical systems in the cellar. Although maintenance personnel and emergency contractors made strides to replace the damaged mechanical equipment, the facility continued to remain dependent on a temporary street boiler to provide heat and hot water for years after the storm.

For this project, Nelligan White was hired to put together a comprehensive resilience package for the facility. Through this plan, Lavanburg Homes will be connected to a new steam plant at the adjacent Baruch Houses to ensure efficient and reliable heat. Furthermore, we are creating improvements to the facility by elevating critical electrical equipment and entry plazas, renovating entry lobbies, replacing roofs and two security offices, and implementing full LED site lighting.

The Lavanburg Homes project is a piece of a broader project to create a resilience master plan for Baruch Houses, the largest New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) development in Manhattan. Baruch Houses has 18 buildings in addition to Lavanburg Homes, with over 6,000 residents in total. NYCHA challenged us to consider the long-term resilience of this development and to create a model for reconceiving how the Authority organizes and maintains its existing building portfolio.

Architectural Staff
Ester Martin Areste
Charlotte Chebassier
Destiny Conely
Sonny Gonzalez
William Hovland
Mathanki Kalapathy
Jody Kinney
Maja Lisa Hjerten Knutson
Jake LaChapelle
Laura Liu
Nicholas Meier
Bruce G. Nelligan
Thomas J Pentoney
Jonathan Pietro
Shiori Sasaki
Mahan Shirazi
Yvette Waweru
Emily Wetherbee
Project Team

Client
New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)

Structural Engineer
Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP

Civil Engineer
Langan Engineering & Environmental Services

Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Engineer
ARUP

Expediting
KM Associates of New York

Cost Estimating
Ellana, Inc., Toscano, Clements, Taylor, LLC