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August 27, 2015

Inhabitat highlights Citizen and its support of green lifestyles

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Just last month, Citizen became the latest project in our portfolio to achieve LEED certification. Inhabitat was quick to pick up the news, sharing the milestone in a piece titled “Chelsea condo strikes LEED Gold for its emphasis on healthy living and indoor air quality.”

The project’s LEED Gold rating acknowledges the design’s accomplishments in areas such as reduced energy usage and improved indoor air quality. For example, the use of MERV-13 level filtration ensures significant reduction in building users’ exposure to air pollutants. Among the project’s other sustainable characteristics are abundant access to natural light, low flow fixtures, and bicycle storage for all tenants. To quote Inhabitat, “[e]very design detail of the Citizen, from its exterior envelope to its carefully placed entries and janitorial spaces, ensures a green lifestyle.”

Check out the full article on Inhabitat, and learn more about the project here.

August 25, 2015

Taka Sarui and Gisela Garrett weigh in on the “State of Practice”

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Two of our own, architect Taka Sarui and marketer Gisela Garrett, are featured in this in the current issue of Connection magazine. Published bimonthly by the American Institute of Architect’s Young Architects Forum, Connection is focused on issues affecting young and otherwise emerging architectural professionals.

The August issue of Connection specifically explores the “State of Practice,” and includes a variety of perspectives on the business models, technology, and culture of contemporary architecture firms. Flip to page 10 to read Gisela’s thoughts on how firms can be more available globally, overcoming obstacles of both geography and time. Jump to page 64 for Taka’s reflections on the licensure process and its influences on multidisciplinary-minded designers.

Learn more about our firm’s many perceptive professionals here.

August 20, 2015

One Great Jones Alley breaks ground

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This morning, the team behind One Great Jones Alley celebrated a much anticipated milestone: the project’s groundbreaking.

Already hailed as a modern landmark, the 12-story development will feature an innovative terra-cotta screen facade that acknowledges the rich masonry and cast-iron articulation of the NoHo Historic District. The design also takes advantage of NoHo’s unique service streets, offering future residents a private entrance from Great Jones Alley that evokes the neighborhood’s rich history.

Among those in attendance at today’s festivities were our clients from Madison Realty Capital, Douglas Elliman’s unstoppable Eklund Gomes team, and our colleagues from Noble Construction Management Corp. Congratulations again to all involved!

Visit us on Facebook to see additional photos from the groundbreaking celebration. Learn more about the project’s design here.

August 18, 2015

Five leading-edge insights into today’s educational spaces

Young learners get hands-on at the New York Hall of Science.

Young learners get hands-on at the New York Hall of Science.

Every day, the boundaries of education are becoming more permeable. Learning is increasingly understood as an active and ongoing process that continues past the school bell, beyond the classroom walls, and into un-planned areas of our lives. The best contemporary learning environments embrace this shift, setting the framework for ever greater educational possibilities. Below, we share five insights that are helping our teams design leading-edge environments for today’s learners. Read more

August 14, 2015

Tour the Queens Botanical Garden on “Archtober” 4th

Queens Botanical Garden, Visitor Center and Administration Building, Flushing, New York, BKSK Architects

We’re delighted to share that the BKSK-designed Visitor and Administration Center of the Queens Botanical Garden has been selected as an Archtober “Building of the Day.” The first publicly-funded building in the city to achieve LEED Platinum certification, this 16,000 sf center was conceived as a complement to the natural landscape — not an overt destination in itself, but a backdrop to the garden’s rich topography, flora, fauna, and ongoing seasonal changes.

Sign up today to learn the many lessons that this building has to offer, both architecturally and environmentally, from BKSK’s Joan Krevlin and QBG’s Patty Kleinberg.

August 10, 2015

Jennifer Preston to present LBC findings on “net positive water”

Queens Botanical Garden, Visitor Center and Administration Building, Flushing, New York, BKSK Architects

This Wednesday morning, BKSK’s Jennifer Preston and Environmental Connection’s Rollie Jones will discuss findings from the local Living Building Challenge Collaborative’s study of NYC water issues – and explore the city’s potential for net positive water buildings. Appropriately titled “Net Positive Water: NYC,” the event is being produced by the Urban Green Council and will be hosted downtown at the Surrogate’s Courthouse at 31 Chambers Street.

To sign up for the event, which offers a range of continuing education credits, visit Urban Green online.

To stay up to date with BKSK’s own research into water and conservation, click over to the LAB.

August 4, 2015

Julie Nelson and Harry Kendall to speak on housing

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At the August  meeting of AIANY’s Housing Committee, Julie Nelson and Harry Kendall will share some of BKSK’s latest housing work and offer their insights into the New York housing market. James McCullar Architecture, Handel Architects, Terrain NYC, and Cook + Fox will also present at the event, which will be held from 6-8pm on August 12th at the Knoll Showroom at 1330 6th Avenue.

All are welcome to attend this ”casual summer evening of presentations,” which includes appetizers and beverages courtesy of Knoll. RSVP’s are not required. For additional information about the event or the committee, please contact Committee Co-Chairs Fernando Villa at  fvilla@maparchitects.com and Peter Bafitis at PBafitis@rktb.com.

To invite Julie or Harry to share their expertise at an upcoming event, please contact Gisela Garrett at ggarrett@bksk.com.

July 31, 2015

Making news by making place in two New York parks and beyond

The Untermyer Gardens Conservancy’s Summer Solstice Sunset Soirée.

The Untermyer Gardens Conservancy’s Summer Solstice Sunset Soirée.

Earlier this summer, BKSK gathered with friends and fellow landscape enthusiasts to honor Stephen Byrns, the recipient of this year’s Place Maker Award from the Foundation for Landscape Studies. FLS is dedicated to fostering an active understanding of the importance of place in people’s lives, a notion that BKSK fully embraces. Read more

July 23, 2015

The Architect’s Newspaper features 2 Lafayette Street

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In the latest issue of The Architect’s Newspaper, Managing Editor Nicole Anderson takes a close look at BKSK’s recently completed design for 2 Lafayette Street. The offices serve “two very critical, yet different New York City agencies,” and despite the inherent complexities of having a variety of stakeholders, our team was able to breathe much-needed fresh air into seven floors of the historic city-owned building.

Dynamic connecting stairs, commanding city views in both individual and common spaces, bold graphics that celebrate each agency’s mission, and increased thermal, visual, and ergonomic comfort are just a few of the features that make this an appealing, community-centered workplace. In Anderson’s words: “with the building’s views of Manhattan’s stately Civic Center and an interesting floor plan, the firm saw opportunity to transform the bleak interiors into a light-infused workspace that facilitated collaboration and connectivity.”

Read the full story online or in the June 3rd print edition of The Architect’s Newspaper. Learn more about the project right here on our website.

July 22, 2015

Team behind sustainable Chelsea condo strikes “Gold”

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After a successful collaboration between BKSK and Anbau on Harsen House, the first residential building on the Upper West Side to achieve LEED certification, the two reunited to craft another high performance, site-specific residential building with exceptional indoor environmental quality. The result is Citizen, a 16-story market-rate condominium at 124 West 23rd Street that earned LEED Gold certification earlier this month.

One of many projects in BKSK’s portfolio to achieve recognition for its environmentally robust design approach, Citizen has received a LEED NC Gold certification, the second highest level of certification granted by the U.S. Green Building Council for new construction projects. This designation acknowledges the project’s accomplishments in areas such as improved indoor air quality, reduced energy usage, and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles by both residential and commercial tenants. Learn more about Citizen here.

Congratulations to the full project team on this exciting accomplishment!