345 West 13th Street

345 West 13th Street

The Knick Condominium

The Knick Condominium

Renovation & Conversion

In addition to its experience with new construction, Hudson has also completed several rehabilitations of historic buildings. Historic rehabilitation for residential reuse raises numerous complex issues beyond the already considerable challenges of new construction. The design of new apartments that appeal to the current market must work with the existing placement of windows and structural elements. Updated code requirements must be accommodated and existing building and utility conditions may be difficult to assess prior to the completion of interior demolition.

Hudson tackles these challenges with a combination of careful due diligence, design creativity and detailed project management. Design decisions are made to highlight the building’s best features and building systems are selected to preserve the integrity of existing facades and fenestration. Hudson works closely with the contractor to ensure the safe and effective sequencing of demolition and construction to maintain the structural integrity of the building. Sometimes this occurs at the same time a completely new interior structure is being built. Hudson has completed three rehabilitation projects to date:

  • At 345 West 13th Street, the complete transformation of a former factory building into a 46-unit luxury loft condominium helped kick off the revitalization of the Gansevoort Market area of the West Village. Hudson created a completely new stair and elevator core in the center of the building and added a partial seventh floor to create dramatic duplex apartments with outdoor terraces. The building retained interior features such as exposed masonry walls and brick arches, decorative cast iron and wood columns, and steel structural I-beams along with exterior elements such as the metal cornice and façade panels, attractive brick pilasters, and fluted metal mullions.
  • Hudson reactivated and rehabilitated three partially-abandoned historic buildings at The Knick, a 49-unit condominium project in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Hudson had to install a completely new fireproof interior structure to stabilize the buildings and upgrade the buildings to incombustible status. In order to preserve the exterior, a mechanical system was specified that did not require any penetrations in the exterior walls. The project is designed to achieve LEED and EnergyStar standards.
  • Hudson is updating and converting the landmark Cobble Hill Towers apartment complex into a 188-unit condominium. Hudson has made numerous capital investments in the property to improve common areas, security, and convenience, and to preserve the architectural heritage of the buildings, coordinating where appropriate with the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission.


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