NYC DDC Regent Family Residence
The Regent Building was built in 1922 as the Broadway View Hotel. It is a 17 story structure that serves as a New York City Tier II transitional residence for 140 families, providing comprehensive services to help them achieve independence and obtain permanent housing. Multiple interior and exterior renovations of the property have occurred over the years, including extensive overhauls in 1947, 1980, and 2003. By 2018, the nearly century old exterior façade, roofing, and copper had deteriorated. New York began extensive renovations that were scheduled to be completed in July 2019 but were extended beyond the original completion date due to discovery of additional structural damage.
AFG provided construction inspection and site safety services as a subcontractor to Urban Engineers on this project. Aspects of the project include rehabilitation of steel and related masonry brick, stone, and terracotta; removal and replacement of lintels and windowsills; installation of through wall flashing at inner faces of parapets; new application of stucco coating where appropriate; and roofing slab, roofing membrane and roofing drain body replacement.
In spite of the property’s important history, the building is not currently a NYC Landmark Designated Building. However, since the building meets the criteria for historic consideration, the architect designed all renovations to be consistent with Landmark requirements. This included the unique copper batten seam roof, stone and terracotta façade. This required all replacement materials to be “in kind” so that the building maintained the overall aesthetic appeal.