P.S. 26 Restoration and Rehabilitation (Staten Island, NY)
The New York City School Construction Authority selected STV to serve as architect and engineer for the $3 million rehabilitation and restoration of P.S. 26, including the original 1869 two-story brick structure as well as a second three-story building added in 1904. The original building required a new roof and new windows. The second building required extensive restoration, including demolition and reconstruction of the solid brick parapet walls; roof beam reinforcement; removal, restoration and reinstallation of original oversize wood windows; and installation of a vapor permeable, textured, water-based, acrylic protective coating over the exterior wall surfaces. The protective coating was tinted to be compatible with the new parapet face brick. The parapets were reconstructed with a variety of brick colors, textures and shapes to suggest a long ago demolished copper faced wood cornice. Stainless steel parapet rails were designed to accentuate the horizontal lines of the brick bond pattern of the parapets. The bottom two "Before" photos were taken prior to restoration.