55 Water Street

BRCA Contractor
Western Specialty Contractors

Project Type

Sealant Replacement & Wall Coating


55 Water Street, New York NY


New Water Street Corporation

Lucy Moses Award

Project Description:

Western Specialty Contractors New York Metro Branch completed a year-and-a-half long project to restore and waterproof the façade of Downtown Manhattan’s largest and tallest waterfront skyscraper. 

Once recognized as the largest office building in the world when it was opened in 1972, the 55 Water Street building consists of a 53-story tower connected with a 15-story North Annex, for a combined more than 3 million square feet of office space.

Western Specialty Contractors was tasked with re-coating the building’s 580,000 square-foot concrete façade as part of the owner’s 10 year façade maintenance program.  Western had originally waterproofed the façade in 2006.

Western crews used a Dow Corning All Guard Elastomeric Silicone Coating (totaling 7,640 gallons) on the façade, replaced 13,000 linear feet of silicone wet seal, performed miscellaneous concrete spall and crack repairs, and replaced precast panel sealants based on inspections with the architect.  Up to 16 workers at a time worked on the main tower.