The Cantilevered Work Platform at 730 Fifth Avenue won this year’s Excellence in Structural Engineering award from the Structural Engineers Association of New York in the category of Other Structures.

The historic Crown Building is located on the southwest corner of this intersection and is currently configured as a condominium, with one Owner for the retail spaces between the cellar and third floors and another Owner for the hotel and residential condominiums in the upper stories. Our firm provided the structural engineering to the Retail Owner and their architect to develop a unique solution to create a cantilevered work platform, which would protect pedestrians without posting columns down to the sidewalk, 47 feet below. The retail tenants understood that work on the upper levels and façade, would be on-going, and negotiated into their leases that the sidewalks would remain open, without restrictions or impediments to the flow of New Yorkers.