The American Museum of Natural History, located between West 77th and 81st streets on the Upper West Side, has filed plans with the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) for their expansion project, the Wall Street Journal reported. Since the museum board approved the Studio Gang Architects-designed project late last year, the proposed expansion has grown from 218,000 square feet to 235,000 square feet. Also, the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation — a ground-up six-story structure near 79th Street — has been altered to cut into only a quarter of an acre of Theodore Roosevelt Park, down from half an acre. Changes to the 2015 plans include reducing the number of trees removed from nine to seven, and demolishing three existing structures. Extensive reconfiguration work and upgrades to park space remain key elements of the project. In addition to the LPC, the Parks Department must also approve the project. Completion is tentatively expected in 2020.
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In the fall of 2015, YIMBY reported on applications filed by the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) for the Rescue 2 firehouse, a new three-story, 27,114-square-foot fire station planned at 1815 Sterling Place, in Ocean Hill. Dezeen has revealed renderings of the building, being designed by Studio Gang Architects. The exterior will be clad in precast concrete panels and red-glazed terra cotta. The facility will include dormitories, a kitchen and dining area, office and storage space, a gym, and third-floor will feature outdoor space. Fire training will also occur at the site. The city has reportedly approved the project, and construction will begin this summer. Completion is expected in late 2017.
Board members have approved and revealed renderings for the 218,000 square-foot expansion and overhaul of the American Museum of Natural History, located on the Upper West Side between West 77th and 81st Streets, the New York Times reports. The expansion includes the planned six-story-tall Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation, which will be designed by Jeanne Gang, of Studio Gang Architects. The overhaul includes significant reconfigurations of 10 existing buildings and upgrades to the park surrounding the museum. The plan, which must be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, is expected to take roughly 18 months, with opening planned by early 2020.
The New York City Fire Department has filed applications for a two-story, 19,082 square-foot facility at 1815 Sterling Place, in Ocean Hill. The building will stand 46 feet tall, boasting very high ceilings for the ground-floor fire house. The facility will include offices, storage, a kitchen, dormitories, and fitness and training rooms, per the Schedule A. The facility is associated with the multi-building Prospect Plaza residential development, located on the same and surrounding blocks. As for the fire house, Jeanne Gang’s Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects is designing.