Location
New York, NY

Completion
1991

Client
The Seamen’s Church Institute

Square Footage
40,000 SF

Architect
Ennead Architects LLP
(formerly Polshek Partnership)

Seamen’s Church Institute Headquarters

Sciame was the Construction Manager responsible for restoration and expansion of this landmarked brick structure, bringing to life a complex design that melds historic and contemporary elements that give the building a ”ship-like” look. A new brick wall was incorporated in the structure along with porcelain-enameled steel panels on the upper stories. Mullioned, sashed windows give way to plate-glass openings that echo portholes; a bracketed
cornice is continued in the line of a parapet capped by an ornamental I-beam; and the 19th Century shopfront of cast-iron columns and granite lintel is re-interpreted in modern structural steel.

Housed in the building are the Seafarer’s Club, meeting rooms, offices and state-of-the-art classrooms for computerized nautical training, as well as ground floor retail space.

Seamen’s Church Institute serves the organization’s mission as an advocate for the personal and professional well-being of merchant seafarers the world over.

Project Awards

April 24, 2019

City Club of New York Albert S. Bard
Awards for Excellence in Architecture and Urban Design – Honor Award

April 24, 2019

New York State Association of Architects – The American Institute of Architects
Excellence in Design