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January 30, 2015

New athletics center is both teaching tool and teaching topic

Julie Nelson discusses the new Athletic & Wellness Center with its most discerning users: engineering students from Sacred Heart’s upper school.

Julie Nelson discusses the new Athletic & Wellness Center with its most discerning users: engineering students from Sacred Heart’s upper school.

From the beginning, the design team behind the Convent of the Sacred Heart’s new Athletics & Wellness Center was committed to supporting the institution’s overarching goal of inspiring environmental stewardship in their K-12 student body. That commitment has resulted in a state-of-the-art facility that also acts as a teaching tool. From the solar hot water system’s accessible array of evacuated tube collectors to the lobby’s forthcoming digital display of real-time environmental performance data, learning opportunities abound in the new center. Read more

January 20, 2015

Olmsted Center up for ArchDaily’s Building of the Year award

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ArchDaily’s annual Building of the Year competition has officially kicked off, and the BKSK-designed Olmsted Center is a contender! Help us ensure that the project continues into the next round of voting by nominating Olmsted today. The stage one nomination process continues through next Tuesday, the 27th.

Learn more about our Olmsted Center’s recently completed 10,000 square foot addition, and our plans for the resilient renovation of the entire site, here.

January 16, 2015

One Great Jones Alley and 25 Bond add to a “design-rich NoHo”

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In this week’s New York Post, David Kaufman writes that “[o]f all the newly posh districts in downtown Manhattan, few have risen in price and prominence quite like NoHo.” Kaufman covers the recent arrival of several architecturally notable buildings to the neighborhood, including the BKSK-designed 25 Bond Street and One Great Jones Alley, highlighting the latter’s “swift approval through NoHo’s stringent landmarks commission.”

Learn more about the currently in construction One Great Jones Alley here, and about the award-winning 25 Bond Street here.

January 14, 2015

The Jefferson ranked 2nd Most Popular NYC Building of 2014

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Curbed, in collaboration with Property Shark, recently assessed the sales rates for buildings across New York City – paying special attention to the most overall units sold in 2014. While several variables play into what makes a building popular amongst buyers, we know from experience that holistic design excellence is a critical factor for success.

BKSK is proud to share that in this year’s rankings, The Jefferson has been named the second most popular New York City building of 2014. Learn more about this recently completed East Village project here.

January 8, 2015

Julie Nelson joins Urban Green’s Monthly Programs Committee

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We are excited to share that Julie Nelson has been named to the Monthly Programs Committee (MPC) of the Urban Green Council, the New York Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The mission of the Urban Green Council is to advance the sustainability of urban buildings through education, advocacy and research.

In this role with the MPC, Julie will assist in the planning and implementation of monthly educational programs that align with the vision of the USGBC and support efforts to make New York a more sustainable city. In addition, Julie serves on Urban Green’s advisory committee for GPRO Homes, through which she supports the development of a new GPRO curriculum that will expand green building practices among homebuilders.

January 6, 2015

The potential of school buildings to serve as teaching tools

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In this month’s issue of Building Operating Management, Julie Nelson explores the potential of educational facilities to catalyze learning opportunities for the communities that they serve. After all, an exceptional school building not only serves the needs of its institution functionally, culturally, socially, pedagogically, and sustainably – it actively demonstrates and reinforce lessons beyond the classroom.

Using the recently completed Convent of the Sacred Heart Athletics & Wellness Center as a key case study, Julie offers insight into the role that facility managers can play in ensuring a building’s success as a teaching tool. By reframing the team that manages the facilities as more than a care-taking team, and as a teaching team, there will be enhanced capacity to inform and inspire the next generation of learners.

Read the full 3-part article here. Please direct inquiries about future bylines or speaking engagements on related topics to bkskinfo@bksk.com.