The second-largest movie and television production facility in New York City, Steiner Studios occupies a large portion of the former Brooklyn Navy Yard on the East River. Seeking to expand production and ancillary support spaces, Steiner Studios acquired the historic art moderne building at 25 Washington Avenue, and proposed a gut renovation of the interior as well as a rooftop addition. The building, a former Navy facility built for materials testing and offices, is a notable neighborhood landmark that had been vacant for over 20 years, and was in need of extensive hazardous materials abatement and restoration of the building’s exterior.
Interior renovations included converting the lower floors to mill shops and wardrobe storage spaces, the intermediate floors into offices and support spaces, and the upper floors into photo studios. The rooftop addition, designed to minimize impact on the building’s historic character, included a sound stage, cafe space, and related support spaces.
Project responsibilities included development of presentation and production drawings from schematic design through construction documents, building code research, coordination with the client and project consultants, historical research, and site visits to survey existing conditions.
The project was the recipient of a Building Brooklyn award from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in 2015.
Completed while employed at Dattner Architects, 2007 – 2010
Project Principal: Joseph Coppola
Project Manager: Steve Frankel