This property located on 47th street, in bustling Times Square district in NYC. There are two buildings in the assemblage dating back to 1906 and 1910. Though the building functions as one entity. The structural systems in the two buildings are different – steel columns are utilized in the newer structure, whilst the other uses cast iron.
The hotel was a single room occupancy hotel, with inadequate services and amenities. As part of this project, the existing hotel is being renovated completely, and a six story addition is being added above the existing ninth floor. This will add 100 new rooms to the hotel. Other major modifications include the addition of two new elevators and shafts, new stirs to meet current codes.
The design seeks to capture the vibrancy of Times Square with a new curtain wall, and a full width glass and steel canopy. The projecting signage will feature changing colors and graphics, in keeping with the Times Square model.
Sen Architects completed the extensive zoning studies, and studied various alternates to maximize the available Floor Area permitted as per the NYC zoning code. Probes were conducted of the existing foundation, and the existing steel tested to ascertain the carrying capacities for the vertical expansion.