Building and Construction Northeast - Summer 2011 - (Page 79)
Refurbishing Brooklyn Meshberg Group’s success on Mason Fisk lead to the firm being hired to design 174 Jackson Street, a new eight-unit building designed in the style of 19thcentury warehouses. This project has reclaimed brick on the interior and exterior and style reminiscent of the past, as well as walnut, marble bath and stone features and modern appliances. With both his office and residence in the Vinegar Hill section of Brooklyn, Meshberg’s first project was his home on Gold Street, which was built in 1840. “I wanted to blend the older, traditional details of the structure with modern features,” he notes. Meshberg worked with the New York Landmark Preservation Commission to replicate the look of the original storefront and restore the brick and mahog-
any exterior. Inside the structure, Meshberg salvaged and reused the wide plank floors, marble fireplaces and custom moldings, doors and hardware. Contemporary features include a steel mono stringer and open-riser staircase that winds up the middle of the structure.
Focus on Details Meshberg Group was founded in 2006 when Meshberg’s older brother, Justin, bought an old building in Williamsburg to develop into eight new luxury condos; Adam Meshberg came on board as the designer. Today, the brothers still work together: Adam heads Meshberg Group and Justin runs Greenpoint Construction Group – a developer and general contractor. Adam Meshberg says he has learned a lot about designing for construction
by working with his brother, and his past experience in yacht design and high-end residential architecture has nurtured a love of traditional design elements. However, his schooling at the Rhode Island School of Design provided him with contemporary design knowledge, he says. “The housing boom delivered a lot of shoddy construction and cookie-cutter design – a lot of projects during that time were uninspiring and lacked character,” he says. “We want to get away from that. The Meshberg Group focuses on attention to detail and an understanding of construction – we have the ability to design for construction and meet the parameters of any budget.” Meshberg Group’s work has extended to projects in Connecticut, Seattle, Miami and Manhattan. x
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