EDUCATION

Murray Engineering has years of experience working in the education sector. From prefabricated modular university dormitories to roof top elementary classrooms, we are well versed in the codes and special requirements for student access and safety. Furthermore, after completing several projects for the School Construction Authority, we are knowledgeable of agency specific codes, requirements and safety procedures.

PS 6 ROOFTOP ECO LEARNING CENTER -
New York, NY

The Eric Dutt Eco Center at New York City’s  renowned P.S. 6 – The Lillie Devereaux Blake School, was an idea conceived by PS 6 Science teacher, Eric Dutt.  Eric wanted to build a rooftop greenhouse to teach students the importance of environmental awareness and hands on experience on ecological science. Soon after he started gathering support for his dream, he passed away suddenly, in the prime of life. The PTA, students, and faculty took up the mantle of this project as a tribute to this beloved teacher and his dedication to students, school, and the environment. The program includes greenhouse classroom, outdoor classroom with sun-shade canopy, planting area, turtle pond, solar panels and wind turbine which provide supplementary electricity to the school.

The project required close collaboration with various regulatory bodies, including the NYC School Construction Authority, NYC Landmarks Commission, NY State Historic Preservation Office and others.

Client:
Architect: Downtown Designworks

SUNY PURCHASE - Purchase, NY

Murray Engineering was the structural engineer of record for the first steel and concrete modular building to be constructed on any of the 64 campuses of the State University of New York.  The new 180 bed dormitory was made up of 57 modular units on Purchase College's 500-acre campus in Westchester County.

Murray Engineering was responsible for designing the framing, which was welded together inside the factory. The concrete floors were poured and fireproofing was applied to the exposed steel. Then the modules were moved outside, where each floor was bolted together in the sequence of installation on the site. Insulation, plumbing, wiring, ductwork for heating and air-conditioning were installed at the factory.

 Architect: Gene Kaufman

 

MARIE MITCHELL OBSERVATORY - 
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie New York

Murray Engineering, P.C. was consulted as experts for the historic restoration and building envelope design of an observatory built in 1845. We  evaluated and proposed a cost-effective remediation of the masonry exterior, as well as a substantial gut-rehabilitation before it could be used as classroom and administrative space.  Murray Engineering worked with the college’s engineering department, the local contractor, and building design team to minimize the impact to the exterior as we worked on the masonry restoration and envelope improvements.  Our direct involvement saved the college over $600,000. The building is still in active use today and Vassar College was able to re-purpose the funds to other important programs.

 

Client: Vassar College

HEBREW UNION COLLEGE - New York, NY

 Murray Engineering was tasked with the initial assessment of the entry façade and paved entry plaza. We concluded a complete replacement was necessary due to water leakage and penetration through the façade and masonry joint. The deterioration was due to poor drainage and the improper installation of sealants.

Murray engineering is now designing a complete plaza replacement as well as several different concept for the main entry faced replacement.

 

PS 158 - Brooklyn, NY

P.S. 158  is a brick and limestone faced four story building.  The main structure was constructed in 1907 with a structural steel frame, which was encased in masonry and cinder concrete fire protection, along with conventional solid brick masonry walls.  Water seeped in over time, resulting in façade deterioration and the corrosion of metal reinforcements. Murray engineering provided a complete assessment and developed a plan for the repairs to ensure the building would last another 100 years.

Architect: Oppenheimer Brady & Vogelstein