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March 26, 2015

Female undergraduates visit BKSK for Career Night


Earlier this week, students from the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at Cooper Union and the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at City College visited BKSK for a discussion about crits, clients, and careers. The conversation was facilitated by Julie Nelson and Jennifer Preston, who have both participated in multiple aspects of the design and construction industry. In honor of Women’s History Month and the upcoming graduation season, participation was limited to female students in their final year of undergraduate study.

For information about future Career Nights at BKSK, please contact Gisela Garrett at ggarrett@bksk.com.

March 17, 2015

In Dialogue: Joan and Julie on the BKSK Women’s Roundtable


Joan and Julie are two of six partners at BKSK, a firm with women represented at every level of leadership.

On Tuesday, February 24th, BKSK partners Julie Nelson and Joan Krevlin hosted a roundtable discussion amongst the women of the firm. Here, they reflect on some of their key takeaways from that conversation. Read more

March 2, 2015

BKSK presents at City Council’s Renewable Energy Conference


On February 27th, BKSK went before members of the New York City Council, at their invitation, to present design solutions that work toward a carbon-balanced future. Entitled the “Site Sourced and Stored Renewable Energy Conference,” the event was convened by the Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection and featured leading voices from a wide cross-section of government agencies, building industries, and environmental advocates.

George Schieferdecker and Jennifer Preston were joined by Michael McGough of BuroHappold in presenting the recently completed Park House at Washington Square, a model for how civic buildings can support the city’s move toward carbon neutrality. A key energy-conscious approach taken with the Park House is ground source heat, part of the project’s site-specific blend of passive design and active sustainable technologies.

Click over to the BKSK Lab to see the presentation in full.

February 23, 2015

A sneak peek at 529 Broadway’s terra cotta contour panels


The currently under construction 529 Broadway is a highly anticipated building, in large part because of the design’s site-specific approach to material and form. Using state-of-the-art modeling software, the design team conceived a facade system that transforms a seemingly punched opening masonry building into a glass curtain wall building. More specifically, the terra cotta elements on the Spring Street elevation will twist and dematerialize so that the facade culminates in a loft-like expression on Broadway, reflecting the openness ratio of later cast iron buildings in the district.

This boundary-pushing project is the result of a close collaboration between BKSK, digital modeling specialist Parabox, facade engineering consultant Front Inc, and the British terra cotta manufacturer Shaws of Darwen. Get a closer look at Shaws’ detailed craft, and their work on 529 Broadway, by visiting the Shaws blog.

Learn more about our design for 529 Broadway here.

February 16, 2015

On March 16th, join #BKSKatWork with Rosa Sheng


On March 16th, we will be co-hosting an online Twitter Chat with Rosa Sheng, the founding chair of AIA San Francisco’s Missing 32% Project, the incubator for the larger Equity by Design initiative (EQxD). From 3-4pm eastern, we’ll chat  with Rosa about job satisfaction and talent retention within the architecture profession, with additional emphasis on the importance of early stage career development in improving satisfaction, at both individual and industry-wide scales.

Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #BKSKatWork. You can also simply open a browser and watch the chat unfold here.

February 12, 2015

Jenniece Centrella promoted to Senior Project Manager


In recognition of her ongoing leadership and valuable contributions to BKSK Architects, Jenniece Centrella LEEP AP has been promoted to the position of Senior Project Manager.

Over her many years with the firm, Jenniece’s contributions have resulted in the success of projects as diverse as Mamaroneck Public Library and the currently-under-construction 2 Lafayette Street. Please join us in thanking and congratulating our dynamic, committed, and talented colleague!

February 6, 2015

New York YIMBY reveals the new look of 509 West 38th


After the New York Post profiled interior designer Ken Fulk, with whom we’re collaborating on the design of 509 West 38th Street, the development news website New York YIMBY was quick to recognize that the project’s latest and greatest renderings were tucked into the story.

Be sure to check out New York YIMBY’s coverage here, and stay tuned for further updates on this exciting tower adjacent to Hudson Yards. To ensure receipt of new information about the project’s design as it becomes available, contact Gisela Garrett at ggarrett@bksk.com.

February 3, 2015

Sacred Heart featured in Metal Architecture’s latest issue


Metal Architecture’s February issue features the Convent of the Sacred Heart’s recently completed Athletics and Wellness Center, in an article entitled “Steel joins school gym design.”

The exterior of the Athletics and Wellness Center presents a dynamic combination of brick recesses, projections, corbeling, and wall thickness, which are complemented by painted steel accents that enhance the center’s neighborhood-appropriate scale. The building’s steel entry canopy and 10-foot-tall balanced doors are also highlighted in the article.

Inside, the project includes an extensive program, with both a competition-sized swimming pool and an NCAA regulation-sized volleyball and basketball court. A striking truss system was one of many design approaches devised to ensure that both facilities could be included and fully structurally supported. Uniquely, these trusses comprise 93% recycled content; the top and bottom chords are T-shaped members, created by cutting standard W sections lengthwise.

Learn more about the project here.

February 2, 2015

BKSK selected to lead two sessions at Living Future 2015


This April, BKSK will once again be presenting at the annual Living Future unConference. This year’s unConference will be held in Seattle and occur between April 1-3, 2015.

On April 2nd, Sustainable Design Director Jennifer Preston will moderate a session entitled “Community, Culture, and Place: Empathy + Mindful Design in Practice,” with speakers that include a Zen priest, a cultural ecologist, and some curious architects, including BKSK’s own James Wilson. The session is based around a series of inward-focused mindfulness exercises that will inform an outward-focused ethnographic workshop. Through this session, participants will develop improved mindfulness and embodied empathy skills that can then inform their design practice.

Later that same day, Jennifer will co-host the “Creating the Exquisite through Natural Inspiration 2.0″ workshop, in an encore appearance with FXFOWLE’s Ilana Judah. Get a sense for what this workshop entails by reading Jennifer’s reflections on last year’s unConference.

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