Brooklyn Plaza
Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.,
Contractor: Beyond Concrete, Keyport, N.J.

Located at the base of the Manhattan Bridge, the 11,000-square-foot Brooklyn Plaza used a variety of seeded exposed aggregate in the design. The three different box designs included: mother-of-pearl; integral colored with 60% Rainer seeded frosted glass, green glass, and granite; and integral color with purple glass and pyrite.

The plaza was installed using a proprietary system of hand-seeding aggregates. The complex layout of differing size boxes with irregularly alternating the low profile exposed aggregate blends, combined with the elaborate steps of the process, required an extremely complicated pour plan and a great deal of precision formwork.

The project took six weeks with a crew size that varied from 10 to 14 people. In the end, NYCDOT praised Beyond Concrete on how efficient its crews worked and how well the design came out.