New York City owns three handsome landmark armories, built between 1891 and 1910: The Park Slope and Bedford/Atlantic Armories in Brooklyn and the Franklin Avenue Armory in the Bronx. The Department of Design and Construction turned to Bovis Lend Lease to manage the design-build effort of major capital improvements to these deteriorated structures.
Built between 1891 and 1895, the Park Slope Armory is the original home of the 14th Regiment. This project’s exterior reconstruction was part of an emergency stabilization and building upgrade for the Department of Design and Construction and Department of Homeless Services. Since its restoration, the Armory has been transformed from a derelict building into one of the city’s largest community recreation and education centers. The Armory also continues to house a dormitory for homeless women. Because accurate base drawings were not available and sidewalk bridges obscured the façade, the firm innovated by preparing base drawings using computer rectified photogrammetry. These drawings and the use of allowance-based schedules for the restoration work allowed for the rapid completion of construction documents. The first 100% submission was made less than 20 weeks after the start of work.