Reform Showroom DUMBO

Reform has 16 kitchen showrooms located in the USA, Germany and Denmark, highlighting kitchen appliances, cabinetry, countertops, furniture etc. Their Dumbo location – 39 Main St., Brooklyn, NY – was designed by EP Engineering for their HVAC, Electrical, Fire Alarm, and Fire Protection renovations. The 2,500 SF storefront space was fit out with multiple showroom areas, a conference room and a new ADA bathroom


39 Main Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

Project Size

2,500 sf

Engineering challenges

  • The existing HVAC systems were to be reused in this renovation, however the original space had a very different layout and use. While keeping the existing equipment in their current locations, the design team had to modify and expand on these systems to provide proper HVAC zoning to ensure all areas of the store were comfortable cooling and heated.
  • The space had a 20 ft slab-to-slab height with full-height storefront windows, and all ductwork was to be run as high as possible with sidewall linear diffusers. Special consideration for the air distribution was required to allow for proper cooling and heating of the space.

Engineering outcomes

  • Being a showroom, the aesthetics of the space was a critical element in the design. As such, all ductwork was expected to be concealed to maintain a clean and crisp look, but the expectation was for an exposed ceiling. Therefore, creative approaches to hide ductwork within wall cavities and other architectural elements were required to make all elements of construction appear intentional and adhere to the design approach.

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