Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza is located in the heart of downtown Albany, New York. The 98‐acre complex of state government buildings, convention and event centers was built between 1965 and 1978, and conceptually designed by Governor Rockefeller while aboard his private plane with the architect, Wallace Harrison, who completed the formal design. Ammann & Whitney was one of many professional ﬁrms across the state that originally contributed to this massive eﬀort.
The Plaza consists of various marble and steel buildings rising above a six‐story marble platform. Nelson Rockefeller envisioned the Plaza architecture to represent sculpture. The buildings constituting the plaza include: The Corning Tower (the tallest), four Agency Oﬃce Buildings, The Egg (a theater and convention center), the Cultural Education Center (State Museum, Library, and Archives), the Justice Building, the Legislative Oﬃce Building, and the Swan Street Building. The Swan Street Building is more than a quarter of a mile long and modeled partly on Pharaoh Hatshepsut's Temple at Deir el‐Bahri, Egypt. The Plaza was a controversial project for its size, location and cost, originally estimated at $250 million, it grew to about $2 billion.
The Oﬃce of General Services (OGS) issued a Request for Proposal for the rerooﬁng of the Swan Street Building. The project will require the removal and reinstallation of the marble veneer to accommodate new ﬂashing and roof conﬁgurations. Additionally, environmental hazmat and mechanical work will need to be performed.
Our excellent rooﬁng qualiﬁcations and our history of work for Empire State Plaza sealed the deal for us; we continue our work on Empire State Plaza.