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Building Conservation Associates

New York City School Construction Authority

The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) manages the design, construction and renovation of school buildings in New York City. BCA is pre-qualified by SCA for historic preservation. Here are a few of our featured projects.

P.S. 34, Brooklyn, NY

The oldest NYC public school building still in use, P.S. 34 was constructed just after the Civil War in 1867. BCA developed procedures for stripping lead-based paint without damaging the brick face of this Landmark building. BCA also formulated procedures and techniques to restore brickwork and brownstone by hand using construction workers trained by our staff of Preservation experts, as well as designed replicas of missing pieces of the cornice. The proficient work resulted in a fully restored and serviceable building.

Erasmus Hall High School, New York, NY

Erasmus is one of the largest public high schools in New York City consisting of a five-building campus designed by C.B.J. Snyder and built in 1903. BCA identified severe structural and material failures of the complex and prepared restoration documents and monitored construction. BCA also advised the architects on the restoration of the stained glass.

Bayside High School, Queens, NY

Bayside was one of a group of public schools built during the Great Depression from the same set of blueprints to save money created by Walter C. Martin. Built between 1934-36 of terra cotta and stone. BCA conducted an existing conditions survey, laboratory testing, and probes based on the need for emergency stabilization of the building, which resulted in its full restoration.

Pilot Study, P.S. 4302, Brooklyn, NY

The former 68th Police Precinct Station House and Stable in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, is an individually designated New York City Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Architect George Ingram designed the precinct complex for the Brooklyn Department of City Works in 1890. BCA investigated the history and conditions of the buildings for the study of a potential adaptive re-use. BCA conducted archival research into the architectural evolution of the property and created a summary of major changes over time. We also performed extensive conditions assessment and materials testing to evaluate the material integrity and repair needs of the complex. Finally, BCA made treatment recommendations to facilitate the rehabilitation of the property for a new use.