Utica State Office Building, State of New York

Plaza Deck and Park Rehabilitation

The State was experiencing leaks in the plaza waterproofing system, causing damage in finished storage space below. The plaza deck pavers, installed in 1978, were shifting and cracking and could not bear the weight of snow removal equipment or window cleaning lifts.  

Bell & Spina designed for the replacement of 20,000 SF. of plaza pavers with a split slab concrete overlay system over a fluid applied waterproofing system and energy-compliant insulation. Working with landscape architect subconsultants, a previously expansive and non-inviting public plaza was transformed into human-scale spaces using textures, colors, site furnishings, lighting and vegetation to welcome visitors while offering the option to adjust to venues and functions ranging from craft fairs to food trucks. Areas of shade, previously not offered, were a necessary addition to promote increased occupant use.  Security-rated planters, added at street access points, provide controlled vehicular access to the plaza and a 10,000 SF in-slab hydronic snow melt area was provided between the city sidewalk and the main entrance.

Landscape improvements included replacement of all planter bed vegetation including trees, shrubbery, perennials at both the west plaza and east park. Work at the east park included replacement of approximately  2,000 SF of unit pavers, tree removal, concrete wall repairs and site stair repairs.

"Bell & Spina's impeccable credentials as exterior envelope specialists, steadfast attention to detail and unparalleled concern for a quality project, set them apart from other architectural firms."

— Jan June, Director of Facilities at Finger Lakes Community College