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May 23, 2016

All that glitters is not gold…sometimes it’s platinum!


BKSK is pleased to announce our three most recently LEED certified projects – two gold and one platinum! Certainly, we are very proud of our work. We also want to praise these project’s clients for their commitment to the environmental options that made sense for each building. Sustainable design, like any good design, is the result of productive partnerships and open, candid conversations.

We will continue to push for a firm-wide sense of innovation that integrates sustainability into the core of our designs. Our Queens Botanical Garden Visitor Center was NYC’s first civic building to earn a LEED Platinum certification. Going forward, we intend to keep raising the bar.  Read more

July 22, 2015

Team behind sustainable Chelsea condo strikes “Gold”


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!

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.

September 24, 2014

A celebration of Mamaroneck Library’s LEED Gold status

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

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