Facade engineering design on behalf of the specialist contractor for the new Greek Orthodox Church on a prominent site, designed by the renowned architect Santiago Calatrava
New York NY, USA
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Located on the South side of the World Trade Center site above the Vehicle Security Center, the new St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church replaces the original church destroyed in the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the new Church draws inspiration from the great churches of the East - Hagia Sophia and the Church of the Holy Savior in Chora in Istanbul - and substantially utilizes stone as a material to achieve a translucent glowing iconic structure that respectfully reflects the site location.
Glazing systems include translucent laminated stone and glass rain screen panels to the main dome, a translucent laminated glass and stone insulated glass curtain wall, punched window systems, curved glass portico panels, entrance doors, strip vision glass windows, and oculus skylights.
Architecturally exposed structural steel framing provide support to the domed glass structure designed dynamically to the stringent loading and performance criteria.
Engaged by the facade contractor to carry out final engineering on the various enclosure systems, Eckersley O’Callaghan worked closely with the design and construction teams and embraced the use of 3D modelling between the architectural, engineering and fabrication Teams to achieve an efficient process necessary for the fast-track schedule required for the project.