Case Study

Working Through a Pandemic

Virus shutdown threatened completion of 470 Manhattan Avenue

November 18, 2020
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Photo: Lovi Photography

Photo: Lovi Photography

In-Site Interior Design took the Manhattan Avenue building shell drawings from initial design through to completion, working closely with the architects and mechanical engineering team to develop the full set of interior construction drawings and documentation.

Construction was well under way and nearing completion when the coronavirus pandemic hit New York. Lockdown ensued but because the building contained a portion of affordable housing units, the site was deemed “essential construction” and was allowed to continue construction.
In April, the site was having its final finishes applied and then would be ready for furniture. However, with the pandemic ranging nationwide, most furniture factories were closed and local furniture delivery companies were not making deliveries. Only two weeks away from shipping, the furniture orders were being held at the factories. Other furnishings which were locally warehoused could not be delivered.

In-Site’s work-around was to rent furniture for six weeks until delivery restrictions lessened and to use a moving company (also an “essential” business) thereby allowing the client to begin showing the building to prospective tenants closer to their original schedule.

Photo: Lovi Photography


470 Manhattan Avenue Multi-Family Construction & Interior Design Project

Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York

Owner: Heatherwood Communities

Construction Managers: J. Petrocelli Construction
Architect: Hill West Architects
Interior Designer: In-Site Interior Design

Completed Summer 2020

Key Aspects
Going against the NYC grid, the site is angled in this mostly residential neighborhood. Dramatic intersecting angles were introduced into the main focal points. Cool concrete texture finishes provide a counterpoint to the warmth of the wood accent panels. Durable and easily maintained finishes are used throughout.

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