211–217 Elizabeth Street
New York City
30,000 square feet
Sited on the corner of Elizabeth and Prince Streets in the older neighborhood of NoLIta (North of Little Italy), this mixed-use commercial and residential building was one of many high-profile projects Ryder Construction completed in the past few years. Fifteen upscale residential condominium units are situated over ground-level commercial units, and the exterior of the seven-story red-brick building mimics the surrounding buildings built in the early 1900s.
“Its overall design and level of detail make it unique,” Mosomillo says. “If you look at the building, it looks like it was built 100 years ago. It blends so well into this older neighborhood.”
One of the challenges of the project was the demolition of the previous building, which had to be conducted without damaging the surrounding historical structures. Now, the new building’s units, ranging in size from 787 square feet for a one-bedroom to 2,190 square feet for the penthouse, all have walnut herringbone parquet floors, multizone HVAC systems, seven-foot custom wood-framed windows, and individually controlled Governair baseboard heat. The master baths have honed Calcutta gold marble walls and floors and bronze-trimmed moldings, the kitchens are outfitted with high-efficiency kitchen appliances, and all units have Bosch front-loading washers and dryers.
New York City
Currently in Phase 2 of construction
35,000 square feet
More than 50 percent of Ryder Construction’s projects are adaptive reuse or renovations, and one standout piece of retrofit work is the Brooklyn Brewery in the Williamsburg neighborhood. The craft brewers of the popular Brooklyn Lager hired Ryder Construction to renovate their warehouse to increase production tenfold.
The brewing equipment, ordered from Germany, came with its own installation crew, but Ryder Construction completed all piping and wiring to the apparatus. Along with the retrofit of the brewing area, Ryder Construction also repaired and restored the brewery’s façade, and it spruced up the interior to make better use of the empty warehouse space.
“We reconstructed the facility around the existing operation,” Mosomillo says. “They didn’t need to shut down. They operated very efficiently while we were constructing it, and the client was very satisfied. They increased their capacity tenfold.”
In April 2011, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg cut the ribbon on Phase 1 of the project, and Ryder Construction is now working on phase two. The firm also has installed an external wort boiler, which uses less heat consumption to retain a desired temperature. And another new efficiency involves the reuse of heat from the kettle vapors through a vapor-heat stack-recovery system. ABQ