Archtober Building of the Day #5
Sportime/John McEnroe Tennis Academy
One Randall’s Island
RZAPS – Ricardo Zurita Architecture & Planning, P.C.
Archtober enthusiasts ventured to Randallâ€™s Islandâ€”many of us for the very first timeâ€”to visit Sportime/John McEnroe Tennis Academy, a tennis facility, designed by Ricardo Zurita Architecture and Planning, that includes 20 courts, a clubhouse, and a stadium on less than four acres. As the architect of the master plan for Randallâ€™s Island, Ricardo Zurita offered a quick history lesson at the start of the tour. Once a center for social service facilities, the island remains home to two psychiatric hospitals, a fire academy, and a water treatment plant, in addition to more than 400 acres of parkland. Zurita admitted to calling it Rikers Island once early in his career, perhaps to quell our embarrassment at leaving it off of the first three Archtober maps.
If you thought the 2009 NYC Firefighter â€œHunksâ€ Calendar was hot, take a look at the FDNYâ€™s newest training tool: the nationâ€™s only high-rise fire simulator. Unveiled last Thursday at the FDNYâ€™s High Rise Operations Symposium, the $4.2 million simulator on the departmentâ€™s Randallâ€™s Island training facility mimics conditions the city’s firefighters face when battling fires several stories up. Funded largely by actor Denis Leary‘s The Leary Firefighters Foundation, the brick building contains mock elevators, a smoke system and standpipes, according to the Daily News. A video and more photos after the jump. Read More