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Pier 53 Fireboat House

New York, NY United States

CR Studio, New York, NY


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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RHEINZINK Preweathered blue-grey Standing Seam Facade and Roof cladding

RHEINZINK is a titanium zinc, copper alloy with unmatched longevity and elegant appearance, making it an ideal building material for roofing, façade cladding, gutters and interior design. RHEINZINK complements both traditional and modern architecture and due to the material’s natural flexibility, curvilinear surfaces can be clad with ease. We now offer even more design possibilities, producing our unique material in four different product lines. The PATINA LINE is the classic of these lines – as it ages its beauty improves over time. The PROTECT LINE has a clear coating providing durable surface protection in aggressive climates, prolonging the initial appearance of the material. With COLOR LINE, a pallet of five colors is now available to augment a project. And with the appealing INTERIEUR LINE, RHEINZINK can be used in the design of interiors. RHEINZINK complies with the strictest environmental standards and is 100% recyclable. The material RHEINZINK has been able to claim the title ‘sustainable’ from production all the way to its permanent application for over 40 years.



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