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New York City Fulton and Dey Street Subway Stations

GFRC Ceiling Panels in NY City Subway Keep Commuters Connected

The Fulton Centre in downtown Manhattan has been abuzz with renovations and construction work for several years now. This is all part of the $1.4 billion project to revamp the Fulton Street New York City subway station.  The aim of this massive project is to improve access to and connections among the New York City Subway, Fulton Street, Dey Street Passageway and the new World Trade Center building, as well as Chambers Street, Cortlandt Street, and the PATH World Trade Center station. This project involved construction of additional underground passageways and access points. Of course, wherever you have passageways you need ceilings, and this is where the expertise and experience of Stromberg Architectural has proven invaluable.  In 2011 and 2013 Stromberg supplied hundreds of GFRC ceiling panels which now line the concourse and mezzanine levels of several subway stations, including the Dey and Fulton Street Stations.

Trust GFRC to do it in record time!

The 2013 project was completed on a tight time schedule that allowed former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg to take the first ride through the stations before his term ended. GFRC was the perfect material to use due to its extraordinary versatility and lightweight, combined with exceptional strength. Stromberg’s GFRC ceiling panels are tough enough to handle America’s busiest rapid transit line and one of the world’s largest public transportation systems. The panels are pre-fabricated which provides a smoother and quicker installation.

GFRC is all about quality and safety

The Stromberg team designed and manufactured the ceiling panels using glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) which is extremely durable, low-maintenance and fire-resistant. Access panels were engineered with locks as well as gas hinges designed to protect maintenance workers by preventing panels from swinging open too quickly. Street-level perforated panels were coated with co-polyester translucent panels in order to protect transit users from the elements while still allowing sunlight to filter into the station.

What’s so special about Stromberg’s GFRC?

  • Stromberg pioneered the design and production of GFRC
  • Our unique methods of detailing, manufacturing and installing GFRC have helped make our clients and their projects successful
  • GFRC is lightweight due to its hollow construction
  • It is not only light, but also extremely strong, and strengthens as it ages
  • GFRC is resistant to salt water, acid rain, harsh chemicals, and all weather conditions

For More Information on GFRC

At Stromberg we have a reputation for solving design and construction problems for our clients. With our 30 years experience we have an extensive portfolio of successful projects and numerous satisfied customers, including a large percentage of repeat customers. Not only do we make buildings beautiful but we are especially concerned with the environment and that is why all our materials are non-toxic and earth friendly. If you are looking for LEED points, Stromberg is the right choice for you. If you have a question or need assistance contact us. We are here to help.

GFRC Brickwork at Time Square Hershey Store

Authentic Brickwork in Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete


Authentic Looking GFRC Bricks at the Hershey Store in Times Square.

Located in one of the busiest and most famous commercial centers in the world, the Hershey’s store in Times Square has a quiet secret. The stressed, authentic brickwork is not actually made from bricks! Rather, it is made from a unique building material called GFRC (glass fiber reinforced concrete).

Project Challenges and the Stromberg Solution

In 2002, the architects who designed the Hershey’s store in Times Square were faced with a design question: how do you make an authentic, early 20th century building without the problems inherent to early 20th century building materials? Traditional bricks, though sturdy, are difficult to work with, and have a tendency to disintegrate over time. Moreover, they are heavy and require an equally heavy-duty foundation. These are major impediments to building a lasting structure in Times Square, but Stromberg Architectural had a solution: GFRC. GFRC bricks are lightweight, high impact, and will not swell, disintegrate or rot over time. However, despite these modern conveniences, they can be designed and installed to be a perfect facsimile to the real thing.

Authentic Brick Masonry in GFRC Costs Less

Traditional brick masonry is a complex, multi-staged process that requires expert bricklayers. Due to the specialized nature of the task, brick masonry can get expensive, quick. Not only is it expensive, but it is a timing sensitive craft. The bricks have to be cemented at exactly the right time in suitable weather conditions. This extra element of timing coordination is a logistical nightmare for foremen when they are trying to organize their jobsite. Bricks in GFRC from Stromberg Architectural are easily installed under any conditions. They do not require specialists to install, and they do not require special timing or any other coordination. This convenience is a relief, not only for your planner, but also your checkbook.

The Many Benefits of Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete

  • GFRC constructs are water tight and will not leak or take on water.
  • Stromberg can custom-build a near perfect reproduction of any masonry from bricks to stones.
  • Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete is weather resistant and will not rot or dissolve over time.

World Class Architecture from Stromberg

No matter what manner of architectural conundrum you might find yourself faced with, Stromberg Architectural Products has a solution. Our wide variety of GFRC and GFRP products provide a plethora of architectural solutions, and our first-rate artisans and craftsmen are standing by to take your custom order. So what are you waiting for? Contact Stromberg Architectural Products today, and get started with your own GFRC project.