Digging Begins Ahead of ABC No Rio Passive House Construction
Yes, digging has begun at the Rivington Street lot, but it’s just a test for the real thing. ABC No Rio director, Steven Englander, updated the faithful last week, noting that excavation work “won’t fully mobilize on site for another couple months at best.” This earth-moving is apparently “test pits to confirm existing conditions in order to finalize the design of our Support of Excavation Plan.”
Plans to convert the historic punk bastion date back a decade. Yet, demolition of 156 Rivington didn’t actually happen until 2017, at which point programming went into exile.
The four-story “Passive House” facility, designed by local architect Paul A. Castrucci, will eventually boast larger exhibition and performance spaces (doubling the size), in addition to a green roof and second-floor terrace. The solar-equipped building will also have an elevator and host the organization’s zine library, computer lab, print shop, dark room, and kitchen.