Crye Precision Headquarters at the Brooklyn Navy Yard is a multifaceted 100K square foot facility designed for the industry leader of protective armor. Located within a former Navy shipbuilding factory on the waterfront, this adaptive reuse of the historically landmarked site, completed in 2016, was an opportunity for architecture to play a role in creating spaces to gather, whether organized or impromptu. The scale of the project demanded clear programming and efficient building systems appropriate to various types of work. The inclusion of an innovative and technically challenging living forest landscape feature, designed by Verdant, added an unexpected element of pleasure that brought the architecture into clearer focus and helped the project to earn a 2020 AIANY Design Award.
This project was an exercise in logistical mastery, pairing a massive 100k square foot facility with city, state and national landmark status. Beyond a scrupulous timeline for permit approvals, Modellus Novus approached these challenges by designing for them, instead of around them, ultimately delivering the project on time and 3% under budget.
Photos by Aaron Thompson and Chris Payne
AIANY design award for the adaptive reuse of the historically landmarked site
Turtles that count the living forest as their home and are tracked via GPS
Types of plants in the project’s innovative and technically challenging indoor living prehistoric forest landscape feature
Square footage of the prehistoric forest planted at the building's entry
Sewing stations, each reconfigurable and relocatable depending on production needs, all serviced by a modular compressed air system
Door types in project, a feat for a project of this scale and complexity
Width in feet of the main entrance opening
Product lines of protective body armor are designed and fabricated in this facility before being distributed globally
Construction material and specification submittals reviewed
Consultants with whom MN partnered to realize the project
Average foot-candle light intensity achieved at sewing stations for precise execution of detail work
Large scale, steel and glass automated bi-fold doors allow the integration or separation of indoor and outdoor spaces at strategic areas of the project