Anti-Defamation League- Auditorium

New York, NY

One of the critical provisions for the ADL was their need to accommodate large meetings for up to 200 persons. Unfortunately, the existing space presented many challenges: existing columns were spaced closely together, floor-to-floor heights were too low, and the concrete frame was difficult to modify. The logical solution for such an assembly space was a rooftop expansion. The expansion married a new steel structure to the existing concrete frame, clad in stucco-faced styrofoam panels in order to minimize the additional weight. The interior space became a new meeting room housing up to 225 people with a full kitchen, a storage area, a state-of-the-art multimedia system, a new handicapped-accessible elevator, and safe areas as the building had no sprinkler system.