What is Underpinning?

What is Underpinning?

Underpinning is a process used to repair, strengthen, or increase the depth of an existing foundation by lowering the footing to allow it to rest on more supportive soil. While oftentimes underpinning is associated with the remediation of deficient or failing foundations, it is also used in cases where the use of a building has changed, floors are being added to...

Scott Henson Awarded Ortner Award for Rehabilitation of The Tracy Mansion

Scott Henson Awarded Ortner Award for Rehabilitation of The Tracy Mansion

Presentations have been made for the Evelyn and Everett Ortner Preservation Awards, given annually to projects in Park Slope by a community organization called the Park Slope Civic Council. Recipients of the awards are selected by an independent jury of experts in architecture, historic preservation and community engagement. The awards honor Evelyn and Everett Ortner, who were “early and vigorous promoters...

New York City's Renewable Roof Design

New York City’s Renewable Roof Design

As part of the 2015 State Energy Plan, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo mandated that by 2030, 50 percent of the state's power shall come from renewable sources, such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric. Cuomo's mandate echoes a similar policy in Germany, a nation that has implemented renewable policies and has gotten as much as 85% of the nation's energy from...