Although it’s unclear when (and if, given the current state of the real estate market here in New York City) construction will proceed, Meltzer/Mandl Architects recently completed the design for a 50,800-square-foot conversion of a 5-story, brick and timber industrial building at 487 Keap Street in Williamsburg into 51 residential apartment units.
Regardless of whether the project ultimately gets built, Meltzer/Mandl’s design is notable for a number of reasons. The project does not appear to be seeking a LEED rating, but a variety of green design features were specified, including low-E glass, low-VOC materials, and Energy Star appliances in each unit.
The firm also had to incorporate a significant number of interior columns – vestiges of the existing building’s industrial past – into its design. In addition, the existing building is actually an amalgam two different structures that were built at different times (it is not uncommon in New York for a building to actually be two different buildings that were purchased and consolidated by the owner into a larger property). A bearing wall separated the two spaces, so the design team created openings through the wall in order to integrate the spaces.
Other members of the design team included MEP engineers Dagher Engineering, structural engineeres Severud Associates, and interior design and layouts by Cl-oth Interior Architecture & Design.