Skyline Restoration, Inc. has received a North American Copper Award from the Copper Development Association for its historic restoration of a copper clad and slate cupola and roof and newly created copper spire crowning a landmark site in Tribeca.
Formerly known as The NYMEX, the headquarters of the NY Mercantile Exchange at 6 Harrison Street, the 1884 building was originally designed by Thomas R. Jackson in the Romanesque Revival style and now houses office space.
B&B Sheet Metal fabricated the copper and steel components that Skyline installed; all parties collaborated on the designs of Howard L. Zimmerman Architects (HLZA); Alexei Tajzler, project manager of HLZA, created the overall renovation design for the building and oversaw the project in conjunction with the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
A focal point was the installation of a new 21-foot high, 350 lb. copper spire placed atop a domed cupola, occupying the space where a flagpole once rose.
Skyline first installed steel framework to encase and support the ornamental element. On the day of the installation, Skyline project manager Pete Rose and superintendent and roofing specialist Jim Kessler closed off the street for several hours on a weekend and used a crane to hoist the specially designed, needle-tipped piece. The crew then bolted the structure securely in place.
Said Tajzler, “Skyline Restoration, in particular Pete Rose and Jim Kessler, were instrumental in working with B+B and our office in order to ensure the copper work, especially the 21-foot spire which sits nearly 150 feet up, was safely hoisted up, installed, and secured at the job site. While aesthetically pleasing, the copper dormers, skylights, flashing and gutters, also needed to be functional in directing and shedding away rain from the building. This copper work, along with the remainder of the façade and roof restoration project, was expertly performed by Skyline Restoration and I believe the work speaks for itself.”
Skyline completed a full façade restoration of the five-story brick building before beginning work on the roof. The building restoration was commissioned by the New York Mercantile Exchange Building Condominium managed by ABC Realty. The project was necessitated, in part, by water damage and NYC maintenance mandates derived from Local Law 11.