Collaboration on Renovating The Castle

Bluebeam Bites: Collaboration on Renovating The Castle

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If your firm has been looking into ways to build a collaborative workflow for your design and construction teams, you may want to take a look at the possibilities with Bluebeam. Because it is so much more than a PDF markup tool, using Bluebeam Revu is the way professionals can get more work accomplished.

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The old New York Cancer Hospital at 455 Central Park West is a study in collaborative efforts to renovate an historic and architectural icon. One of the most recognizable apartment complexes on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, “The Castle” was remade into a unique and sophisticated residential location over a period of 20 years, as described in the Bluebeam Strxur article, “The Castle in Manhattan.”

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The Late Gothic-French Chateau style structure was built by hand in the latter 1880s. This resulted in high quality traditional masonry workmanship but low durability to a lack of maintenance over the decades. The Castle gradually leaned and shifted, adding challenges to the renovation. Because the owners of the building – four of them over the duration of the project – were committed to restoring it to an original state, a slate roof, mahogany windows and other upscale exterior features were specified for the project. As a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, renovation was overseen by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The Rothzeid Kaiserman Thomson and Bee (RKTB) architect in charge of the project throughout all of the ownership changes explained that the pressure and responsibility for the restoration were intense.

The interior, which weathered its nearly 100 years poorly as it transitioned from cancer hospital to nursing home to an abandoned stray cat hangout, was basically demolished and repurposed. This is where collaboration really came into play. In the 2012 University of Pennsylvania thesis, “Building Information Modeling and Historic Buildings: How a Living Model Leads to Better Stewardship of the Past,” the collaborative process is described as a standard for documenting historic preservation efforts and optimizing designs for buildings.

The Historic renovation and conversion of The Castle ended in 2005 and resulted in seventeen “landmark” condominiums, which range in price from $4-million to $6-million. In addition, an 82-unit, 26-story high-rise condominium tower was built adjacent to the historic structure.

Bluebeam highlighted this project as an example of collaboration because that is the strength of Bluebeam Revu. Revu 2019 keeps teams on the same page through the design process, helps move the project forward during construction, and preserves important project data through completion and handoff. Even if they are not sensitive landmark projects, your projects will still benefit from cohesive collaborative efforts. 

If your firm would like to step up its collaboration game, contact the Bluebeam experts at Applied Software for a quick discovery call. Used by 94% of top U.S. contractors and 92% of top design-build firms, Revu features improved speed, enhanced takeoff functionality and a new way to easily deploy Revu across your company. With Applied as your partner, you can investigate the best way to build a collaboration workflow for the design and construction teams within your company.

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