Smithsonian George Gustav Heye Center, Construct Café/OPS Office & Locker Room

New York, New York

This project entailed the construction of a new café and renovation of the OPS office & locker room at the George Gustav Heye Center in New York, NY.  RAAD had a full construction trade division project to complete, inclusive of demolition; asbestos abatement; concrete; metal framing, fabrication, & decorative metals; rough & finish carpentry; architectural cabinets & millwork; SBS roofing & firestopping; openings including wood, access, metal, and a custom bronze-clad door; decorative glazing; historic plastering and painting; tiling; acoustical ceilings; multiple types of flooring including resilient, linoleum, tile carpeting, and refinishing of wood floors; and MEP divisions.  Also included in this project were specialties such as signage; partitions; wall protection; bullet-resistant panels; metal lockers; fire-related accessories; and toilet and laundry accessories; custom food-service equipment; and roller window shades.  The integrated automation, electrical, communications, and electronic safety and security were critical to the success of this project and, aside from being a fully-occupied building, GGHC is a high-security space that is historically and culturally sensitive; therefore, the physical security site work was of the utmost importance.  The intrusion detection, addressable fire alarm system, electronic security access control, and surveillance were highly critical elements of the project at this historical site.