Billed as “The world’s best retail corner,” 5th Avenue and 56th Street became Gucci’s flagship store in New York City.
Plan B Engineering designed a system around the base of the tower providing protection for the public, weather enclosure to protect the structure and the workers, and provide a monorail system for installing the new glass façade and worker access. A series of soldiers spanned from the sidewalk to the sole lateral building tie at the underside of the 5th floor where a bracket attached to the existing spandrel beams. The system coped with a construction entrance and a series of sidewalk electrical vaults and a summer storm that caused tornadoes in Brooklyn.
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