Governor's Island I

The City of New York has committed over $260 million for rehabilitation of Governors Island’s infrastructure to make it a recreational, cultural, and educational magnet.

As part of that project Mc Gowan served as General Contractor for the renovation of "Building 110," a former Army warehouse building in the island's historic district, turning it into an Arts Center.

The project encompassed limited renovations to the landmarked masonry/brick exterior, a new ADA-compliant access ramp, replication of the destroyed historical entrance door, interior demolition, complete interior construction and all new MEP systems.

The renovated structure houses a dance studio, conference room, offices and bathrooms. The finishes include VCT flooring and drywall walls.  The dance studio features mirrors, an oak ballet bar and theatrical lighting.

The island is accessible only via ferry transportation from Manhattan necessitating that all material deliveries be coordinated with the ferry management.  Materials were required to comply with the ferry dimensions restrictions which limit a cargo’s height to twelve feet. All deliveries were scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. All personnel were required to carry IDs.  

The team was limited to working on the island weekdays between 6:30 AM and 6:00 PM, securing the entire construction site Friday to Sunday while the island was open for public tourism.

Mc Gowan's 2014 Governor's Island renovation project can be viewed here.

Project Details


Governors Island Preservation & Education Corporation

Property Address:

Governor's Island
New York, New York

Project Size:

13,000 square feet

Project Value:

6 million



Services Provided:

General Contracting

Project Type:





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