The Lofts at Village Square: Project Update

Construction, rehabilitation and renovation work on The Lofts at Village Square is now complete!

This historic building was construction in 1916, on the corner of Meadow Ave. and Maple St. in South Side section of Scranton, and was the former home to the South Scranton silk mill factory and Giant Floor showroom.

Keystone Structural Group provided structural engineering services for rehabilitation / strengthening design work, elevator shaft inspections and design of a new lobby entrance addition to the building.

The term “they don’t build them like this anymore” rings true for this building. Over its 105 years of life, this building has seen many business and thousands of employees come and go. The structure has been used as a silk factory, trouser maker facility and a showroom for a flooring company. The building has been sitting vacant for years, until recently when purchased by the developer. The developer set out on creating high end apartments with a modern-industrial design concept accentuating the buildings original brickwork, architectural details and large arching windows.

Once the structure was gutted, KSG along with the project architect Joe DeScipio, AIA, thoroughly reviewed the existing building for deficiencies. The bones were good, as they say. After over a century of demanding usage and later life neglect, it was found that the buildings existing multi-wythe brick walls and timber framed floors and columns were in good condition. The 40,000 square foot structure only required structural repair to three deteriorated columns in the basement. The structure was temporarily shored and new columns were installed, strengthening the building for another century of service. Additional engineering included load analysis of the building, inspection of the old elevator shaft to determine its capabilities of supporting a new elevator, framing framing work, and the addition of a new double height entrance space.

At completion, the project totals over 40,000 square feet with 37 high end 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and is fully occupied. The building includes fitness rooms and a lounge, off-street parking, and all apartments include in-unit laundry and appliances.

Structural Engineer: Keystone Structural Group

Architect: DeScipio & Associates Architecture

Developer: JBAS Realty

Hanover State Police Headquarters: Project Update

Construction is progressing well on the new Hanover State Police Headquarters building. Upon completion, the new building will total over 55,000 square feet. The building will house the headquarters for State Police Troop P Wyoming and will include a training center with a 19,000 square foot indoor gun range.

KSG’s engineers provided structural engineering services and continues to play a critical role in the construction process.

Cross Valley Credit Union: Wilkes-Barre, PA

Progress continues in Wilkes-Barre, PA for the new Cross Valley Credit Union “Spring Street” branch.

KSG provided structural engineering services for this project. The building is being constructed with structural steel, open-web steel joists and cold-formed metal stud walls.

When completed the new branch will service the Wilkes-Barre area with a new walk-in-branch and drive through. Opening is anticipated in late 2020.

Keystone Structural Group Remains Operational During Covid-19 Outbreak

Keystone Structural Group’s operations remain fully functional during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our staff and engineers have the technology to safely work remotely and efficiently. Our engineers are available by: phone, conference call, video chat and email.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has deemed certain operations of our firm “life-sustaining” allowing us to service clients whose operations are critical to the health and safety of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Keystone Structural Group Announces New Hire

Tina Marie Merli, PE , joined Keystone Structural Group in March of 2020.  Tina Marie joins the firm as a Senior Structural Engineer and has practiced structural engineering academically and in design practice for over 20 years.  Throughout her career she has been employed by several reputable engineering firms and has practiced within her own privately held company designing commercial, educational, healthcare and industrial structures.

In addition to design career, she was a senior instructor in the Building Engineering Technology/Architectural EngineeringTechnology Program (BLET/AET) at the Scranton campus of Penn State University.  

Park and Main: New Hartford, CT

The City of Hartford, CT recently approved a proposed mixed-use development to be located at the corner of Park and Main Streets, near downtown Hartford.

The $26 million dollar apartment and retail development will include 108 apartments spread between two buildings on corners lots. The buildings will include storefront space, affordable apartments and rooftop amenities.

The buildings will total over 90,000 square feet of residential space and 20,000 square feet of commercial space. Keystone Structural Group will be providing full structural engineering services to design the buildings foundation systems, transfer podium structures and wood framed apartments. Construction is anticipated to start in 2020.

The Saw Pit is Taking Shape

Our Saw Pit Apartments project, located in Port Chester, NY, is taking shape. When complete the Saw Pit will be a four story building with 38 senior housing apartments and will feature a fitness center, community room, patio, and exterior deck.

Keystone Structural Group provided structural engineering services for the project. The structure consists of wood-framed modular box construction designed to withstand code required forces and transit forces as the modular boxes travel between their manufacturing site in Pennsylvania and New York.

Read more about this project here.

Eco House is nominated for Building of the Year!

Our Eco House project, located off the coast of the Peconic River, between the North and South forks in Long Island, New York has been nominated by american-architect.com magazine for 2019 Building of the Year. The magazine has highlighted and nominated 43 buildings across the United States and has launched public voting for the award.

Keystone Structural Group provided structural engineering services for this project that has been recognized in 2019 by four architectural magazines and online publications, including an article, penned by Keystone Structural Group, highlighted in Concrete Engineering International.

You can vote for Eco House for Building of Year by clicking on the link below.

https://www.american-architects.com/en/building-of-the-year