The University Club, 1 West 54th Street, New York.
The University Club was designed by Charles McKim, William Mead and Stanford White in the late 1800s. Design elements from the Palazzo Spannochi, Siena and the Palazzo Albergati, Bologna were used to emulate the Italian Renaissance Revival style.
- When renovations on the 4th and 7th floor bathrooms were required, Talisen Construction, architects Peter Gisolfi Associates, and engineers at Icor Associates LLC were asked to retain a feeling of elegance within the new design.
- Stone and marble elements were incorporated with large leather clad doors to create a new design that fit in with the old architecture.
- Removal of mechanical system
The removal of the first mechanical system used in the buildings posed the greatest challenge for Talisen. Onsite dismantling was required to remove the system and Talisen had to ensure that both the daily and evening operations of the club remained undisturbed throughout the process. Thus, temporary mechanical systems were installed to control the associated banquet rooms until renovations were complete.