Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport in New York is the latest in a growing list of piers and waterfront properties that are undergoing a renaissance. Over the years, many of the piers on the New York City waterfront had been sadly neglected and in various states of disrepair. The Howard Hughes Corporation has been playing an important role in the revitalization of the New York City waterfront, including the recent Pier 17 project.
The design team at SHoP Architects, together with the construction team of Hunter Roberts Construction Group, have collaborated to bring this wonderful renewal project to life, while helping to improve and restore a portion of New York’s rich maritime history. The project includes many stores, shops, restaurants to create a shopping destination. The wide-open deck spaces, situated directly on the waterfront, provide a welcome respite for visitors and the area’s growing population of residents alike. Views of the New York City skyline, Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge add to the enjoyment of any delightful excursion to Pier 17.
Because using sustainable products was an important design consideration, the architectural team was careful to select FSC® certified hardwood decking and hardwood rain screen siding to add natural beauty to this project. FSC certified Jatoba hardwood decking was chosen because of its rich colors and grain variations and its well-known durability and hardness. The areas of this project that have hardwood decking surround the entire perimeter in the waterfront areas of the pier.
Multiple types and styles of cladding were used for the buildings on this project. Two types of metal cladding were selected to be in keeping with the more modern surrounding high rise buildings in the neighborhood. Natural wood siding was chosen for its warmth, natural variations and the ‘human element’ elicited when organic materials are utilized on project designs. FSC certified Jatoba rain screen cladding was selected. The colors and textures of the Jatoba wood siding complement, and serve as a lovely countertop to, the glossier monochromatic appearance of the metal siding.
The Climate-Shield rain screen system was specified for the wood siding portions of this project. Because of the unique functionality of the Climate-Shield system, design professionals are selecting it frequently whenever they need a pressure equalized, open-joint rain wood screen system is needed. Climate-Shield is engineered to exceed the wind load requirements for hurricane winds more than 200 MPH, which make it an excellent fit for this marine project.
Jatoba hardwood was also utilized for focal points in various areas throughout the project. Heavy pieces of Jatoba timbers were milled to profile for the window trim throughout the exterior of the buildings. In the areas with hardwood decking have benches with hardwood slats for the backs and seats. Jatoba hardwood was also used atop the railings where visitors can relax and appreciate the sights, sounds and smells of the ‘salt air’ marine environment. If you are planning to be in the area, don’t miss out on this spectacular project.
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