New York State Capitol Building
Solution

New York State Capitol Building

Albany, NY

Market: Government

Client

New York State Office of General Services Design & Construction

Completion

2012

Awards

2013 Best Safety Project, Engineering News Record
2013 Best Government/Public Building Project, Engineering News Record
2007 Preservation Merit Award, Historic Albany Foundation
2004 Gold Circle Award, National Roofing Contractors Association
2003, 2007, and 2013 Excellence in Historic Preservation Award, Preservation League of New York State
2003 Excellence in Historic Preservation Award, Preservation League of New York State
2003 Best of Hudson Valley, Best Interior Lighting, Hudson Valley Magazine
New York State Capitol Building
New York State Capitol Building
New York State Capitol Building

The New York State Capitol was designed by a succession of architects, including H.H. Richardson and Leopold Eidlitz. Constructed in stages between 1870 and 1900, the building features Second Empire and Richardsonian Romanesque elements. Sporadic repair and maintenance to address leakage were ineffective due to improper diagnosis and difficult access. The monumental Assembly, Senate, and Great Western staircases architecturally define public spaces, but lost prominence over time as neglect and modifications marred their appearance. SGH assessed the building enclosure and developed a multi-phase plan to restore the iconic government building.