Work is completed on an elaborate project to transform the former home of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Watchtower district into a sleek office/retail and high-tech campus complex, renamed Dumbo Heights. Anchored at the nexus of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle
and a thriving art district, Dumbo Heights is poised to become the area’s most sought after destination. It's also another showcase project for Schweiss Doors.
Dumbo is short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Dumbo Heights is a five-building campus along the East River waterfront in Brooklyn that comprises more than 1.2 million square feet of exceptional office, retail and high-tech space. The complex is in the heart of a flourishing area filled with tech start-ups, galleries and performance spaces. With an efficient floor plate, high ceilings, options for private roof decks and ample natural light, the buildings on the Dumbo Heights campus are primed for any tenant.
“We do see this as a campus, not just a bunch of interconnected buildings,” says Asher Abehsera of LIVWRK Holdings. The Kushner Companies-owned buildings will cater to creative-class tenants.
Amenities include a gourmet market, roof deck, pet friendly spaces, daycare facilities and bicycle storage on the $100 million overhaul which is being rebuilt from top to bottom on buildings ranging from nine to 12 stories tall in an area nearly out of
room for businesses to generate. Besides the sky bridges, what binds the complex together is the 90,000 square feet of ground-floor retailing.
It's on the ground floor level where 10 Schweiss Doors glass designer bifold doors were installed on two of the buildings; eight on one building and two on another. The bifold liftstrap doors range from 20'-5" wide to 8'-7" wide,
and from 13'-5" to 9'4" tall. They are all equipped with top overrides, side latch jiggle switches, electric photo eye sensors and door base safety edges. Each of the 10 doors have top-drive Leeson motors and exterior-keyed
The Schweiss factory-built doors were purchased through, and installed by, AC Window and Door Inc. of Brooklyn. One of the architectural firms assigned to the extensive project was Zyscovich Architects, an integrated urban design, architecture and
interior design firm, with offices in New York, Orlando, West Palm Beach and Colombia. The firm has been widely recognized as a leader in the design of urban projects.
Joe Breuer, project manager for AC Window and Door, says his company did all the door and window installation work for all five renovated buildings.
“The steel door structure is nice,” Breuer says. “Schweiss had great installation instructions and great customer service whenever we needed answers for anything. There were a lot of details to work out.”
Dumbo Heights is just steps from the F, A/C and 2/3 trains. Surrounded by 10 colleges and universities, 80 arts and cultural institutions and thousands of new residential units, Dumbo Heights is central to the thriving community.
“We really wanted to create a product you won’t find anywhere else in Brooklyn or most of the city, for that matter,” says Jared Kushner of The Kushner Companies. “This is really Class A space, the dark fiber, the new elevators,
restaurants and roof decks, all inside the classic industrial spaces these firms love.”