Reactivating a stalled construction site in Downtown Brooklyn, Dekalb Market is an open-air gathering space and retail complex built from 86 salvaged shipping containers. Composed of an incubator farm, a community kitchen, a 10,000 sq ft. event space, a community garden and a collection of 14 restaurants and 82 work-sell spaces, the project transformed an inactive brownfield eyesore into a thriving community of small businesses.
As a 24 month interim use of the stalled site, Dekalb was designed with quick construction and efficient relocation in mind. Responding to this prerequisite, ORE conceived of a series of program-filled spaces on the 43,000SF site defined by modifying the shipping containers into storefronts. Because this is a new typology, ORE was onsite continually during the 6-week construction, overseeing the build-out. To meet the deadline the client increased our scope of services to supervise the purchase, transportation, and onsite placement of the 86 shipping containers. Specifying salvaged material was one of ORE’s strategies to manage the cost of the project; ultimately, the total hard costs were less than $30/sq ft.