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Swanke Hayden Connell wins awards for projects. (Transcript).

In the past three years, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects has been involved with a number of New York City public school projects, two of which have received awards for design (P.S. 263) and historic preservation (P.S. 157).

"Our goal has been to apply our expertise in restoration and new construction to these projects while responding to the needs of the teachers, the students and the communities in which these schools are located," commented principal Joseph Aliotta, AIA. "It is especially gratifying to lead the renovation efforts at my alma mater P.S. 112 and at P.S. 157, which a number of my family attended."

Work was recently completed for two landmark quality buildings: P.S. 157 in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, and P.S. 112 in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. SHCA, as part of an on-call agreement with the NYC Department of Design and Construction, provided design services for the facade and, in the case of P.S. 157, restoration of the auditorium.

P.S. 157 was constructed in 1907 and designed by noted NYC School architect C.B.J. Snyder. Suffering from years of deterioration, the terra cotta, limestone, brick and ornamental copper Gothic Revival-style school had experienced extensive terra cotta failure. Investigative work on the facade included a close exterior inspection and testing program to identify the extent of the deterioration. P.S. 157 is a recipient of the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award for 2001 from the New York City Landmarks Conservancy as well as an award from the Preservation League of New York State.

P.S. 112 was constructed in 1906 and designed by noted NYC School architect C.B.J. Snyder. Suffering from years of neglect, the terra cotta, limestone and brick Beaux Arts-style school had experienced deterioration and misguided alterations including removal of its cornice and structural failure of the parapet. Likewise the wood double-hung windows and heavily profiled entrance doors were exhibiting signs of deterioration and failure. Investigative work on the facade included an exterior inspection and testing program to identify the extent of the deterioration. Each window was surveyed individually documenting the extent of required repairs.
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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
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Date:Oct 2, 2002
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