New York State Education Building

Albany, NY

With a 520-foot-long load-bearing colonnade, reputedly the longest in the world, the New York State Education Building is a landmark in downtown Albany and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The fifth floor of this historical structure was renovated to create modern office facilities for the State Education Department. Three steel-framed, curved, cantilevered mezzanines, which blend harmoniously with the original architectural details, were designed to provide an additional 15,000 square feet of floor space. In later phases of the project, Ryan-Biggs designed mezzanines for the second and third floors. We were subsequently retained by the Office of General Services to perform investigation of the marble and terra cotta exterior facade of the building, followed by design of repairs. Ryan-Biggs developed details for the cleaning and masonry repairs of the columns, facade, and portico walkway. The exterior restoration work received the Best Historic Restoration Award from Masonry Construction Magazine and the Mark of Excellence Award for Restoration from the Capital District Masonry Institute.