A New Recreational Roof at the Fifth Avenue Tower Condominium in Murray Hill



The Fifth Avenue Tower was developed when Republic Bank decided to proceed with building just one instead of two identical towers as their headquarters in a lot in the Murray Hill area in New York City. The empty spot at 445 Fifth Avenue was acquired by private developers, who collaborated with architects Emery Roth & Sons and built a 33-story bronze-colored glass tower which was completed in 1986.

In 2018 Skyline Restoration was commissioned to perform roof replacement at the recreational roof level where the tenants’ sundeck is located, that included removal and

replacement of all existing pavers, insulation and roofing membrane, as well as the installation of a new bulkhead roof.

Under the direction of Howard L. Zimmerman Architects PC., a new Siplast modified SBS roofing membrane and liquid flashing were installed. A drainage mat, roof insulation, filter fabric and HANOVER pavers were placed as a complete IRMA system on the entire deck. The new pavers were leveled to allow continuous access from the stairs and doors.

The planters with live vegetation presented a logistical challenge. To achieve a continuous and watertight roofing membrane installation and due to lack of space, the planter units had to be constantly shifted from one section of the deck to another.

Building access and deliveries were also challenging. All material was transported to the roof using the building’s main elevator through the main lobby. Special protection, along with daily and sometimes hourly arrangements with the building staff were maintained to avoid building tenants’ interruption. The project was successfully completed and the roof terrace was ready for building tenants’ use for Memorial Day weekend.


Owner: Fifth Avenue Tower Condominium

Property Manager: Brown Harris Stevens Residential Management

Architect/Engineer: Howard L. Zimmerman Architects PC.

Contractor: Skyline Restoration Inc.

Account Executive: Ruslan Dimarsky

Project Manager: Miguel Troncoso

Photos: Skyline Restoration


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