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CTA Architects completes $10M renovation in Morningside Heights

CTA Architects P.C. has completed the $10 million exterior renovation of the multi-building, 980-apartment Morningside Gardens co-op complex in West Harlem’s Morningside Heights.

Morningside Heights Housing Corporation (MHHC), which manages the campus of six 21-story residential towers and support facilities, was the client. Brend Renovation served as general contractor.

Morningside Gardens is located in an area which is also home to several prominent institutions of higher education, including Columbia University, Barnard College and the Union Theological Seminary.

The complex encompasses more than nine acres. “The project began as a renovation plan to address the maintenance and repairs recommendations from a previous Façade Inspection & Safety Program (FISP) report, required by the New York City Department of Buildings,” explained CTA Principal G. Douglas Cutsogeorge, AIA.

“While preparing for the renovations, CTA performed a new survey that discovered additional required repairs. Our team’s report also outlined long-term facility maintenance and upgrade needs. CTA, in collaboration with MHHC, then developed the final list of the necessary work that optimized the budget, while addressing the short- and long-term safety and physical plant operational needs,” he added.

The CTA team, which included Senior Project Manager Frank Scanlon, AIA, and Designer and Construction Administrator Ana Ribeiro, designed the repairs program and served as the construction administrator for the project. Goldstein Associates Consulting Engineers, DPC (GACE) was the structural engineer.

The project repaired 560,000 square feet of façade and 80,500 square feet of roof.

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