Department of Transportation Warehouse

Department of Transportation Warehouse


Under the Brooklyn embankment of the Williamsburg Bridge, the Department of Transportation’s Bridge Painting Division has long kept its equipment and vehicles in a collection of modest structures.  Consolidating its facilities, a new storage building will be added to the ensemble.  New cor-ten steel fencing will replace the chain link surrounding the site, and new street trees will enhance the rejuvenating neighborhood.

The new building will be simply built, with ground-faced concrete block complementing the red granite bridge embankment.  Natural light is being employed to reduce the need for internal illumination: a channel glass clerestory and skylights will harvest as much light as possible from the environment.  Painted steel channel parapets and details echo the bridge structure above.

Photography by: Ashok Sinha Photography