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State & Local Government Projects

Brooklyn Battery Tunnel Administration Building Renovation

Owner: Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bridges and Tunnels
Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.

When Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bridges and Tunnels (MTA B&T) needed additional office space to support its administrative staff, it turned to Gannett Fleming for help transforming its 1930s era Brooklyn Battery Tunnel Service Building into a modern workspace. However, after architects began to work with MTA to program the available space, flooding from Superstorm Sandy caused significant damage to the building and the project was put on hold.

The storm impacted the redesign in several ways. To protect the building from future flooding, the floor plan was reorganized to relocate mission-critical technology and communications equipment from the basement to higher floors. Designers took full advantage of an underutilized 7,200-square-foot service garage with double-height ceilings and tall windows, converting the ground floor into offices around a shared conference room and constructing a second floor mezzanine to add floor space for a multipurpose room and IT equipment.

Gannett Fleming’s architects delivered a dynamic, efficient, and flexible office space while maintaining the strengths and character of the original facility. The tall window openings were fitted with new energy efficient windows that maximize daylighting. The interior’s new corrugated metal panel wall finishes and exposed steel staircase pay homage to the original industrial use of the space. The existing concrete-encased steel trusses in the converted garage were painted a bright safety yellow to animate the office. The design team replaced the garage doors from the original service vehicle entrance with a new office entry door that reflects the building’s Art Deco style, adding landscaping and benches to present a fresh and welcoming face to its Brooklyn neighborhood.