560 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
Developer Adam Gordon, best known for admired re-dos of Manhattan buildings like 54 Bond Street and 92 Jane Street, is tackling his first ground-up condominium project at 560 West 24th Street. Designed by architect Steven Harris, construction of the 11-story structure with eight "family-friendly" full-floor and duplex apartments, clocking in at an average of 3,300 square feet apiece, is proceeding, with the whole thing is set to be complete around April 2014. There's a teaser site, and the ground-level retail space will include a "blue chip" art gallery. In the design phase once the hurricane hit, Gordon and Harris brought on Montroy Andersen DeMarco to advise them on ways to adjust their plans accordingly. Modifications included extending the foundation walls nine feet above the ground, which is above FEMA’s newly proposed 50-year flood mark. The technical details: "Resting on piles socketed into the bedrock, the concrete, sealed 'bathtub' foundation has been designed to prevent any water penetration and is frequently used in sites with continuous underground water flows (pictured). ... Preventing water from entering the property through the openings was the next step in the flood mitigation design process. ... The FastLogs stackable flood barriers will protect both doors and windows. The system features stackable 'logs,' or six-inch-high aluminum sections, which during flood emergencies can be quickly inserted into preinstalled steel angles, called jamb brackets, on columns located on the sides of each door. Compression seals made of high-density, closed-cell neoprene sponge prevent leakage between logs, wall jambs, and a floor surface with steel embedments. When there is no danger of flooding, the logs can be stored away nearby." In the basement will live a six-sided concrete vault that will protect the utilities from flooding. As a back-up, there will also be a rooftop generator, "powerful enough to sustain life-safety systems, hallway lights, and selected lights and electrical outlets in each residence."