New York, NY

The Printing House West Village


With the adaptive reuse of the 1911 Printing House, the project team created varying residence styles, including condominiums, two luxury townhouses in a new addition, and renovated maisonette units on the first floor of the existing building. At 4,200 sq ft, the townhouses offer a volume of new-build space rarely available in the West Village. The complex embraces industrial aesthetics while delivering modern amenities. SGH was the structural engineer and also provided code/fire engineering and building enclosure consulting services.

SGH collaborated with the architect, Workshop APD, on the project. Highlights of our structural and code/fire engineering work include the following:

  • Designed apartment renovations and the townhouse building’s structure, comprising concrete masonry bearing walls with steel-framed floors
  • Created an open floor plan without interior columns
  • Detailed steel beams set up into the floor slab to accommodate deeper members needed to span the open layout, while maximizing headroom
  • Designed exposed steel and wood canopies at roof
  • Added a steel-framed mezzanine in each unit between the existing first and second floors with exposed steel stairs connecting the first floor to the mezzanines
  • Developed repairs for corroded steel beams at the existing sidewalk vault
  • Designed new retaining walls as part of landscaping improvements
  • Provided code consulting and fire engineering support to optimize fireproofing on the architecturally sensitive structure
  • Assisted with code review and coordinated with fire alarm and sprinkler designers

We also consulted on the building enclosure systems, including below-grade waterproofing, above-grade waterproofing, roofing, windows and doors, curtain walls, and skylights, and helped detail and integrate the various systems. SGH performed window water penetration resistance testing and hygrothermal modeling for above-grade walls.

Project Summary



Completion Date
New Construction
Building Enclosures | Performance & Code Consulting | Structures
AGBH Printing House Holdings LLC
Specialized Capabilities
Building Design | Building Science | Roofing & Waterproofing | Fire Life Safety & Accessibility

Key team members

Sean O'Brien
Sean O'Brien
Building Technology Division Head, New York
Kevin Poulin
Kevin Poulin
David Jacoby
David Jacoby
Engineering Mechanics and Infrastructure Division Head, Fire Engineering