The Orchard Beach Bathhouse in Pelham Bay Park was built during the Great Depression and is a designated historic landmark. It was built using concrete, brick, limestone and glazed terra cotta, however it has fallen into disrepair over the years. In addition to general wear and tear, Alkali Silica Reaction has caused severe deterioration and erosion. In recent years, Tropical Storm Irene and Superstorm Sandy flooded the pavilion and left four feet of sand inside. Stuart-Lynn Company is working with Urbahn Architects to develop a Master Plan addressing the failing conditions of the building and surrounding site. There are two approaches to addressing the facility: an alternative re-use of the existing facility or demolishing and replacing the existing structure with a modern, “green” building. In either instance, the bathhouse will receive updated amenities including dining, concessions, event spaces, educational spaces, a natatorium, an indoor recreation center, and a rooftop amphitheater.
Size: 280,000 sf
Architect: Urbahn Architects
Engineer: J.R. Loring and Associates, Robert Silman Associates