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May 22, 2015

A home without energy bills? It’s not as crazy as it seems.

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Just ask our own Sustainable Design Director, Jennifer Preston, who recently shared her insights on the future of New York City’s multifamily residential market with The Observer.  In her words, “the concept of not paying an energy bill is not that crazy. And I wish people asked for it, because we could do it.”

The article also highlight’s The Jefferson, our most recently completed multifamily project, which boasts a blue roof and a centrifugal action stormwater sediment separator. The project is on track to receive LEED Gold certification and is expected to earn all available stormwater credits, a rare accomplishment for an urban building.

The full article can be accessed online here. To speak with Jennifer about the future of sustainable living, or other topics in which she is an expert, please email bkskinfo@bksk.com.

May 15, 2015

Julie Nelson weighs in on the physical space of communities


In Recreation Management’s May issue, writer Rick Dandes describes the latest trends in multipurpose community center design, with several insights from our own Julie Nelson. “Given the variety of fitness opportunities available in most communities, recreation centers must not only support athletic activity, but must also be nurturing, invigorating and restorative,” she offers.

In the piece, Julie references our work for the Sephardic Community Center as well as Convent of the Sacred Heart’s recently completed Athletics & Wellness Center. The article is available both online and in print.

To speak with Julie about this topic, or many others in which she is an expert, please email bkskinfo@bksk.com.

May 13, 2015

BKSK’s first Living Future Accredited Professional


Join us in congratulating Jennifer Preston, our Sustainable Design Director, and the firm’s first recipient of Living Future accreditation!

To paraphrase the International Living Future Institute, this honor recognizes Jennifer’s holistic framing of sustainability and her understanding of how to lead a transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative.

We are proud to work with Jennifer, and we are grateful for her expertise, perspective, and ongoing advocacy for a more sustainable future.

May 11, 2015

Voting is live through May 22nd for BKSK’s two SXSW proposals


Yep, you read that correctly! Our firm has two exciting opportunities to present at this year’s SXSW Eco conference, which facilitates connection and collaboration amongst business leaders, investors, innovators, and designers, so that together we can create a better world.

To get to the conference, we need your help. BKSK’s two proposed workshops – “Designing the Exquisite from Natural Inspiration” and “Creative Ethnography in Design” – each offer space for reflection about today’s architecture, our cities, and our minds. If you agree that that’s the kind of programming that should be included at SXSW Eco, we hope you’ll take a few moments to vote for both workshops using the SXSW PanelPicker. Polls close on Friday, May 22nd.

We hope to see you in Austin this October.

May 8, 2015

Arbor Hills featured in Metal Architecture’s May issue


In an article entitled “Steel screens clad retail complex,” Metal Architecture’s May issue features the Arbor Hills Retail Center located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The 94,000 square foot retail center provides a mix of shops, locally-owned restaurants, and offices in a progressively-designed, pedestrian-focused setting. Opened in August 2013, the center is envisioned as a holistic complex with distinctive “precincts” designed at the scale of the shopper, a departure from the expected formula for retail architecture.

The project’s material palette comprises steel, textured brick, wood, and glass, which were selected to convey a sense of craft and details. Key architectural elements include screens, arcades, and discrete storefronts, which together create a dynamic environment that transforms from day to night, from richly detailed surfaces to dramatically backlit scrims. Inspired by Albert Kahn-designed Ford factories, the screens and their steel support structures recall the idea of a colonnade, accentuated by simple masonry volumes just beyond.

Learn more about the project here.