New York, NY

Sports Museum of America


The Standard Oil Building at 26 Broadway was designed by Thomas Hastings and originally built for the Rockefeller Family in eight phases between 1885 and 1928. SGH was the structural design consultant to the architect, Beyer Blinder Belle, for the adaptive reuse of the landmarked building as the new home of the Sports Museum of America. The Sports Museum of America, which occupied 80,000 sq ft on the bottom three floors of the building, closed in 2009.

Highlights of our work on this project include the following:

  • Designed floor-framing modifications to accommodate the elevator and stair systems
  • Analyzed the framing and designed strengthening to increase the live-load capacity
  • Designed new support for the rooftop dunnage and analyzed the roof structure to support a new generator
  • Documented the steel framing exposed at exploratory openings and used ground penetrating radar to locate steel framing between openings for the 1885 and 1896 portions of the building, for which no structural drawings exist
  • Reviewed drawings and documentation and made site visits to confirm and update as-built structural information for the 1921-1928 portions of the building
  • Worked with the architect through design development and document preparation, assisted in obtaining qualified bids, and made site visits to monitor construction
  • Designed temporary shoring and permanent supports for the massive stacks of limestone blocks (2 ft thick x 30 ft high) above the upper level facade while the ground level storefront was restored to its original appearance

Project Summary



Completion Date
Repair & Rehabilitation
Culture & Entertainment
Beyer Blinder Belle Architects
Specialized Capabilities
Repair & Strengthening

Key team members

Kevin Poulin
Kevin Poulin