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DESIGN FOR PRESERVATION WASA/Studio A endeavors to provide appropriate solutions that respond to building assessments through imaginative and innovative approaches. We offer realistic alternatives and priorities that assist in making intelligent decisions and taking the most appropriate actions for the preservation and conservation of historic and older buildings. The WASA/Studio A Preservation group has a staff of architectural conservation specialists offering expertise in building pathology, materials science, water management, historical documentation, condition surveys and analysis, and more. Our staff has extensive experience in restoration and rehabilitation design. During the past 25 years, the Preservation group has completed hundreds of projects with individual construction costs ranging from $100,000 to well over $50 million. Projects planned and designed by WASA/Studio A have received national acclaim and many awards. We have an in-depth understanding of the historic, scientific, aesthetic, social and spiritual values which may apply to buildings of cultural significance. All interventions designed by WASA/Studio A carefully consider the implications to authenticity and site significance within the framework of these national and international documents and the overall management context. We have extensive experience successfully procuring

approvals from various jurisdiction agencies, such as local historic preservation commissions, State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO), and the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. The key to the Preservation Department’s approach to restoration is a thoughtful analysis to determine the cause of a problem, rather than simply repairing or replacing evidently failed material. Such an analysis eliminates unnecessary intervention, helps avoid the same problem from recurring, and saves the most original “fabric.” It also reduces owners’ longterm costs by having repairs endure, and prevents further deterioration in currently unaffected areas. The foundation to providing cost-effective solutions that succeed are understanding fundamental pathologies and life-cycle cost analysis—sometimes doing less is worth more.


RESTORATION WASA/Studio A is well-versed in the type of careful interventions required for restoring historic spaces. Our Preservation Group enjoys a national reputation for its sensitive and technically rigorous approach to the restoration and repair of historically significant structures. We combine our technical expertise with our commitment to design excellence to maintain the historical quality of the restored buildings.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York, NY

Fallingwater Mill Run, PA

The Breakers Newport, RI

Chateau-Sur-Mer Newport, RI

Kingscote Newport, RI

Hunter House Newport, RI

Rough Point Newport, RI

Chappaqua Railroad Station Chappaqua, NY

Bayard-Condict Building New York, NY

PS 1 MoMA Contemporary Art Center Long Island City, NY

100 Broadway New York, NY

810 Fifth Avenue New York, NY

New York County Courthouse New York, NY

Manhattan Municipal Building New York, NY

Queens Supreme Courthouse Jamaica, NY

Brooklyn Academy of Music Brooklyn, NY

French Cultural Service of the French Embassy New York, NY

Sheldon Hall, SUNY Oswego Oswego, NY


ADAPTIVE RE-USE The development and restoration of historic interiors by WASA/Studio A merges historical record with contemporary needs. We have a deep understanding of building conservation technologies and appropriate architectural restoration solutions. We have completed numerous conversion projects involving sensitive re-use of significant historic buildings and created new usages while maintaining the buildings’ essential historic fabrics.

Harlem Stage Gatehouse New York, NY

The Waterbury Rectory University of Connecticut Waterbury, CT

Hunterfly Road Houses of Weeksville Brooklyn, NY

Museum of American Finance New York, NY

Lincoln Depot Museum Peekskill, NY

Jamaica Performing Arts Center Jamaica, NY

WASA / STUDIO A FEATURED PROJECTS RESTORATION Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York, NY Exterior gunite remediation • Window & skylight replication • Moisture management Fallingwater Mill Run, PA Materials analysis & conservation • Rewaterproofing of roofs and terraces • Steel cast window replacement • Repair design for concrete and stucco The Breakers Newport, RI Limestone facade repair • Spanish roof tile replacement • New built-in copper gutters • Rehabilitated storm drainage system Chateau-sur-mer Newport, RI Restoration of masonry • Slate & flat-seam copper re-roofing • Ornamentation repairs • Wood window and door rehabilitation Kingscote Newport, RI Completion of exterior conditions assessment

• Restoration construction documents • Administration of phased construction Hunter House Newport, RI Conditions-assessment report • Construction documents for repairs to the exterior envelope and interior structure Rough Point Newport, RI Archiectural and Engineering Surveying • Design of storm windows • Exterior envelope performance improvement Chappaqua Railroad Station Chappaqua, NY Supervision of restoration and design of the station to its 1902 appearance • Upgrade of systems to current standards Bayard-Condict Building New York, NY Repairs and reinstallation of restored terra cotta facade pieces • Replication of damaged terra cotta facade material • Replication of original storefront column capitals

PS-1 Contemporary Arts Center Long Island City, NY Implementation of work in a phased program • Installation of new slate roofing • Structural repairs to the heavy-timber attic frame • Restoration and cleaning of brick, stone, and terra-cotta 100 Broadway New York, NY Performance of Local Law 10/80 and 11/98 facade inspections • Design of facade repairs and cleaning • Re-roofing and sidewalk/ waterproofing projects • Design of window replacement 810 Fifth Avenue New York, NY Preparation of documents • Administration of construction • Restoration of two street facades • Design and administration of replacement for all roofing systems New York County Courthouse New York, NY Restoration of murals and stained-glass windows • Replacement of skylight in the rotunda • Restoration of bronze and steel windows • Rehabilitation of egress to modern codes • Cleaning of marble columns, floors, and wainscoting Manhattan Municipal Building New York, NY Restoration of the granite and terra-cotta facade

• Studying of cladding for compliance with Local Law 10/80 • Performance of hands-on stoneby-stone review • Development of conservation program to restore facade • Redesign of steel armature Queens Supreme Courthouse Jamaica, NY Extensive research, materials analyses and testing of prototype treatments • Restoration of architectural finishes Brooklyn Academy of Music Brooklyn, NY Completion of infrastructure upgrade• Restoration of interior finishes • Design of decorative sidewalk replacement French Cultural Service of the French Embassy New York, NY Administration of construction services • Development of a comprehensive report to demonstrate restoration and conservation goals • Restoration of windows and wood hardware • Reattachment and paint restoration of the pastiglia ceiling Sheldon Hall, SUNY Oswego Oswego, NY Investigation and documentation of existing conditions and pathology of deterioration • Restoration of copper cupola and sheet-metal roofs •Rebuilding of parapets • Re-pointing and cleaning of masonry facade • Replacement and restoration of windows

ADAPTIVE RE-USE Harlem Stage Gatehouse New York, NY

new exit door to meet place-of-assembly code requirements

Cleaning and re-pointing of exterior sandstoneand-granite walls • Installation of new slate roof replicating the original • Restoration of existing steel doors • Fabrication of new cast-iron windows • Replacement of missing cast-iron railing medallions • Cleaning of polychromatic brickwork

Lincoln Depot Museum Peekskill, NY

The Waterbury Rectory University of Connecticut Waterbury, CT

Jamaica Performing Arts Center Jamaica, NY

Restoration and stabilization of historic facades • Design of a new energy-efficient building envelope and mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and sprinkler systems Hunterfly Road Houses of Weeksville Brooklyn, NY Restoration master plan • Wood clapboard replacement • Window shutter & shingle repair • Reconstruction of other wood structures • Re-grade site to mitigate moisture infiltration problems Museum of American Finance New York, NY Design and renovation of a new space for the Museum of American Finance • Insertion of a

Design and administration of construction for adaptive reuse of a historic train depot • Restoration of interior and exterior • Integration with new building systems

Excavation and underpinning of crawl space into a basement • Restoration of facade and windows • Replacement of slate and flat-seam copper roofs • Redesign of monumental entrance stairs • Salvation and reinstallation of original decorative wood trim • Restoration and relocation of castiron columns


Integrated Design

With over 120 years of history, WASA/Studio A [Wank Adams Slavin Associates LLP] is one of the oldest continuously operating architecture and engineering firms in the United States. The firm owes its longevity to its ability to transform and grow with the demands of the marketplace and to constantly evolve its services to incorporate the latest technology and highest standards of the profession. Now, as WASA/Studio A, the firm has entered the 21st century as a fully integrated design firm — including the five major disciplines of architecture, engineering, preservation, interiors and sustainable design—it provides a uniquely structured holistic approach to design and Total Project Delivery.

WASA/Studio A is a multi-disciplinary firm with a wide range of in-house capabilities. This diverse experience allows us to collaborate as integrated project specific teams. Each project team comes together early in the design process and maintains creative collaboration, coordination and problem-solving techniques with the client. In this manner all aspects of a project are developed simultaneously and in concert with each other.

Our Process The real benefit to our clients lies in our diverse expertise in the design process itself. We incorporate Evidence Based Design, Integrated Process and Design Excellence through an all-inclusive holistic approach. The results of this process are buildings and spaces that are responsive to client needs, straight forward in their use and thoughtful of the environment.

Our Services Architectural Design Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineering Historic Preservation Adaptive Re-use Interior Design Feasibility Studies Conditions Assessment Site Analysis Building Code & Zoning Analysis Programming Space Planning Blocking and Stacking Studies FF&E Selection Facilities Management Support

PRESERVATION CLIENTS Art Institute of Chicago Bayard Condict Building The Preservation Society of Newport County Carrie Nye & Dick Cavett County of Bexar, San Antonio, Texas The Ed Sullivan Theater Guardian Life Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Macy’s Museum of Modern Art/PS 1 Department of General Services Plaza Hotel Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Unity Temple Restoration Foundation The Vanderbilt Museum Town of New Castle Daphne Productions Inc. RMNeilson & Associates, Inc. Columbia University Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. American Museum of Natural History

NYC of Housing Preservation and Development Museum of American Finance Brooklyn Academy of Music University of Connecticut American Surety Company Embassy of France French Institute Alliance Française Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation NYC Department of Design and Construction Manhattan College New York County Courthouse NY State Unified Court System State University of New York United States Postal Services Newark Fire Museum United States Military Academy P&L Management Fordham University New York University Metro North Bexar County Courthouse

For more information on featured preservation projects as well as other work by WASA/Studio A, visit us at WWW.WASALLP.COM.

Updated Preservation Brochure  
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