Tower 270, once formerly known as the Arthur Levitt State Office Building, is an unassuming rectangular box with many windows. Minimalist in idea it was put up in 1930 and provided as offices for various New York State departments. In its lack of esthetics, it makes up for it in its view of great ones. Its distinction comes from its location at the northwest corner of City Hall Park giving it the vantage point of the striking Tweed courthouse building, City Hall, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the great skylines of Park Row. It is a short walk from the Woolworth Building on Broadway and conveniently near Tribeca and Chinatown.
It was sold by the state in 2000 for $33.6 million in a sealed bid transaction that was the highest-valued property sale ever carried out by the State of New York. In 2003, the top thirteen floors of the 28-story building were converted to condos with spectacular views of lower New York City.
The exterior had suffered from the elements. Basonas Construction Corp spent a year revitalizing the exterior and façade of Tower 270. Some of the roof and terrace parapet walls needed to be replaced completely due to water infiltration as evident from the spalled or cracked brick at the interior face of the parapet walls. New walls were erected with new copper flashing. The existing hand railing at the parapet walls needed to be temporarily removed, refurbished and reinstalled. The lintels on the door and window to the roof bulkhead needed to be refurbished and flashed.
“With all the tedious demolition that had to be done, our team was able to restore it to its pre-war condition,” said Michael Brion, vice president of Basonas Construction Corp.
Gilsanz, Murray, and Steficek LLP served as the project’s consultant.
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About Basonas Construction Corporation
Headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, Basonas Construction Corporation specializes in working on façade envelopes and building exteriors utilizing the latest technology. The company is a member of the Building Trades Association and works primarily with co-ops, condos and rental buildings in the greater New York City area. With extensive experience on both large and small projects, quality work and safety have been the company’s top priorities since its inception twenty years ago.