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October 8, 2014

BKSK’s relationship with Tribeca continues with 11 Beach Street

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The exterior of 11 Beach Street, one of the firm’s many Tribeca projects.

Last month brought the buzz-generating launch party for the Sales & Design Gallery of HFZ’s 11 Beach Street, a BKSK-led residential conversion of a 10-story former commercial loft building in TriBeCa. BKSK came together with fellow members of the large project team, brokers, and prospective buyers to celebrate the milestone. On display were models, materials, and renderings that tell the full story of 11 Beach Street. Read more

September 24, 2014

A celebration of Mamaroneck Library’s LEED Gold status

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The Mamaroneck Public Library has achieved LEED Gold certification, the first LEED certification in the Village.

Last Thursday, the Village of Mamaroneck commemorated an exciting milestone: the LEED Gold certification of the Mamaroneck Public Library, the first LEED certification for any building in the Village. The project’s design and construction team was thrilled to participate in the celebration, which also included library staff and supporters, leaders from local government, Mamaroneck High School students and teachers, and other members of the community. Read more

September 15, 2014

New athletic center promotes holistic student wellness

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The center’s competition-sized pool is one of the features that make this Manhattan facility so unique.

Earlier this month we had the pleasure of celebrating the opening of the new Athletics & Wellness Center for the Convent of the Sacred Heart, right on our home island of Manhattan. At the event, members of the project team gathered with school trustees, the building committee, and the school’s extensive community of friends and supporters to celebrate the completion of a very successful project and the people who made it happen. Read more

August 27, 2014

Constructing in Senegal: a Photo Tour

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A view of Dakar, where our local partners DMT Architects are based.

After their most recent visit to Senegal – where we are building a new community learning center in collaboration with village leaders, local craftsmen, and a group of enthusiastic students from Mamaroneck, NY – our Lambaye Learning Center team came home with some amazing stories and photos. One particularly inspiring takeaway was that construction processes in Senegal are highly visible to the public. After the jump, we share some photos illustrating this unique transparency, including a look at local building methods. Read more

August 12, 2014

Drawing connections to the 1964/65 World’s Fair site

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The new 10,000 s.f. annex to NYC Parks Department’s Olmsted Center in Flushing Meadows. The building is targeting LEED Gold certification.

Our team is currently putting the finishing touches on the new 10,000 square foot annex to Olmsted Center at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. The milestone marks the close of the first of two phases on this project, which includes the renovation and expansion of the home for the  Capital Projects Division of the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. Timing-wise, there is also another reason to celebrate: this year is the 50th anniversary of the 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair, for which Olmsted Center was originally built, in order to support fair operations. In pausing to admire our team’s work, we can’t help but notice some interesting parallels between the design goals of today and those of half a century ago. Read more

July 1, 2014

Beyond Manhattan / Beyond the Supersquare

“Beyond the Supersquare” runs through January 11, 2015 at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Earlier this week, our office was treated to a private tour of the Bronx Museum of Art’s new exhibition “Beyond the Supersquare” with Executive Director and co-curator Holly Block. The show includes dozens of works by contemporary artists responding to the distinctively Modernist architecture of Latin America and the Caribbean, from both complimentary and critical perspectives.  Read more

June 26, 2014

New architecture inspired by a historic building material

A rendering of the entrance building to 1 Madison Park tower.

A rendering of the entrance building to 1 Madison Park tower.

New York has a rich architectural terra cotta heritage. This ceramic can be found on a plethora of historic buildings throughout the city, ranging from the iconic like Louis Sullivan’s Bayard-Condict Building and Cass Gilbert’s Woolworth Building to smaller-scale Queen Anne-style rowhouses in Park Slope and vibrantly glazed commercial structures along Coney Island Avenue. Of late, terra cotta has been experiencing a rebirth in contemporary architecture, including that of BKSK, thanks to the material’s inherent properties—specifically its malleability, infinite glazing options, environmental performance, and low toxicity.  Read more

June 12, 2014

BKSK celebrates the Washington Square Park ribbon cutting

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PS 41 students join public officials in cutting the ribbon on Washington Square Park’s major renovation.

On Tuesday, an impressive crowd gathered in Washington Square Park to cut the ribbon on a multi-year renovation project that preserved some of the park’s most historic features and provided important upgrades, including a new parkhouse designed by BKSK. Needless to say, we are very proud to have contributed to the revitalization of such a lively, public, and historic place. Read more

May 29, 2014

Learning to let go with nature at Living Future 2014

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At this year’s Living Future unConference, Jennifer Preston co-led a workshop that merged the built and the natural.

According to Jennifer Preston, one of the best things about the Living Future community is how hands-on everyone is. And the energy at their annual “unConference” is no different. Earlier this month, Jen collaboratively led an unConference workshop with Alexandra Ramsden and Ilana Judah, entitled “Creating the Exquisite through Natural Inspiration.” Below, she shares the details of the session and her biggest takeaways. Read more

May 21, 2014

Celebrating Active Design and a healthier built environment

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Joan Krevlin and Charles Azar, of the Sephardic Community Center, accept the project’s Active Design award.

This past Tuesday night, the team behind our Sephardic Community Center attended a hopping party in celebration of active design. The project, located on Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn, is one of four recipients of this year’s Active Design Award—and the only one located in New York City. Read more