Albany, NY

Swan Street Building, Empire State Plaza


The Swan Street Building, constructed in 1968, is one of the properties that anchors the end of the Empire State Plaza. The 117,500 sq ft building is a five-story marble-clad structure with multi-level, low-slope roofs. The existing roofing system was nearing the end of its useful life and water leakage into the building interior caused damaged to interior finishes.

SGH evaluated the existing roofing system and developed a remedial program to address observed deficiencies. Our work included the following:

  • A “hands-on” survey and investigation of the existing roof systems
  • Development of replacement options that included conventional low-slope roofing systems and green roofing systems
  • Consultation with the Office of General Services to assist them in evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of each replacement option
  • Design of a green roofing system
  • Management of a team of consultants during the feasibility study and design phase
  • Coordination of MEP and hazardous material abatement services

Project Summary



Completion Date
Repair & Rehabilitation | Preservation
Building Enclosures
New York State Office of General Services Design & Construction
Specialized Capabilities
Condition Assessments | Preservation | Roofing & Waterproofing

Key team members

Scott Tomlinson
Scott Tomlinson
Associate Principal
Dean Rutila
Dean Rutila
Building Technology Division Head, Houston, and Safety Director