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Pier 53 Fireboat House

CR Studio, New York, NY

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Project Name

Pier 53 Fireboat House

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Fire Department of New York (FDNY)



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Project Description

FDNY’s striking new waterfront facility serves as command center for Marine Company 1, the last remaining fireboat company on the island of Manhattan. The 8,500 sq. ft. facility provides docking space for FDNY’s newest pumping vessel, the 343. Commissioned following 9/11, the sleek vessel can travel up to 18 knots (about 20 M.P.H.) and pump 50,000 gallons of water—50 times more than a typical fire truck.

Supported on an array of 200’ deep concrete piles, the new firehouse serves as a docking site, command center and dormitory for up to ten firefighters.

Design for the project was provided by CR Studio Architects and utilizes approximately 15,000 sq. ft. of RHEINZINK Preweathered Blue-Gray Double Lock Standing Seam Roof Panels and Flat Lock Tile. Jonathan Dreyfous, one of the firm’s three partners, notes that the building’s tall and narrow shape gives it the look of what he calls “a strong, iconic public structure” as reported in Architectural Digest. The zinc cladding, in time, will weather to a lush patina. In addition to the RHEINZINK panels, the façade includes grid-metal grilles used as fencing, balusters and vents.

The Double Lock Standing Seam Roof Panels were fabricated by Beninati Roofing & Sheet Metal, Yonkers, NY. The rectangular Flat Lock Tiles were fabricated by Sirois Sheet Metal, New Britain, CT. Both profiles were installed by Beninati Roofing & Sheet Metal. The RHEINZINK distributor was CT Roofing Reps, Inc., East Berlin, CT.
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