Pioneer Works is a uniquely situated cultural institution in Brooklyn, New York—an artist-founded non-profit organization with a commitment to the intersectionality of Art and Science. As an institution, there is a deep commitment to open access for all; no entrance fees are charged and community and youth events are hosted frequently.
WXY led the design of Phase 2 of a capital improvement plan, which envisions a fully accessible building. The improvements included:
Feasibility study to ensure future plans for roof deck and public observatory are achievable both structurally and from a code perspective.
New cantilevered balconies within the three-story mainhall, providing additional floor area for viewing and exhibiting creative works.
New railings throughout the triple height space.
Reconstruction of floors throughout to achieve accessibility requirements.
Construction of an elevator shaft to serve all current andfuture levels of programmed space, including future roofdeck and observatory.
Repair and restoration of the historic brick façade along with new brick additions to accommodate the future roof deck.