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January 18, 2017

2 Lafayette is Golden

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We are excited to announce that 2 Lafayette has officially received LEED Gold certification!

The offices at 2 Lafayette Street house the formerly remote divisions of New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and Department for the Aging (DFTA). The design team and BKSK Lab went to great lengths to ensure that this project met and exceeded the design guidelines of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) and the Design Excellence program of the Department of Design and Construction (DDC), and delivered a community-centered workplace of exceptional quality that promotes holistic well-being for employees and the public.

We are particularly proud of meeting 4 new LEED Pilot Credits centered on human health and wellness:

  • Pilot Credit 22 – Quality Interior Lighting
  • Pilot Credit 44 – Ergonomics Strategy
  • Pilot Credit 61 – Material Disclosure & Assessment
  • Pilot Credit 78 – Design for Active Occupants

Congratulations to the project team and BKSK Lab for this achievement!

September 19, 2016

2 Lafayette honored for Active Design Excellence

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We are excited to announce that 2 Lafayette Street was selected as one of 12 projects worldwide to receive a 2016 Excellence Award from the Center for Active Design. The awards program recognizes research and design projects that promote healthy living through physical activity, mental health, and civic engagement.

The offices at 2 Lafayette Street house the formerly remote divisions of New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and Department for the Aging (DFTA). BKSK’s design breathes fresh air into 110,000 square feet across 7 floors of the historic city-owned Court Square Building, which now features 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. Congratulations to our team and consultants for the great work, and to all of the other award winners.

For details the Center for Active Design Excellence awards, click here.

For more information and images of 2 Lafayette, click here.

September 29, 2015

Interior Design counts 2 Lafayette as one of “New York’s finest”

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The recently completed 2 Lafayette Street is included in this month’s Interior Design magazine, an issue charmingly titled “New York’s finest.” The article showcases seven renovated and re-imagined floors in the historic city-owned building, which now serve as work space for the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and the Department for the Aging (DFTA).

Through a design approach that embraced yet transcended the guidelines of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) and the Design Excellence program of the Department of Design and Construction (DDC), our team delivered a comfortable and community-centered workplace of exceptional quality. As Interior Design writes, “[t]he New York City Department of Design and Construction’s Design Excellence program continues to churn out, well, excellent projects.” We’re very happy to have partnered with DDC on this project, and applaud them (and Interior Design) for having so much DDC work included in this month’s issue.

Check out the article about 2 Lafayette and its accompanying slideshow on the Interior Design website, and learn more about the project right here on ours.

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.

May 15, 2015

Julie Nelson weighs in on the physical space of communities

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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.

February 5, 2015

Gliding through winter: Exploring the boroughs by skate

The rink at Manhattan's Riverbank State Park stays open through March.

The rink at Manhattan’s Riverbank State Park stays open through March.

The spate of recent snowfalls reminds us that winter is far from over. Sometimes, treacherous footing at almost every corner can be a strong disincentive to be out and about, but skating can be the antidote to this seasonal inactivity! We can step into a world where the sudden loss of friction due to ice is … exhilarating. Here, we describe some of the boroughs’ skating options – wonderful and adaptable public spaces – where we can stay outside while being socially and physically active. Read more

September 15, 2014

New athletic center promotes holistic student wellness

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

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

December 16, 2014

A Staircase with a View

While New York City's staircases range in styles and surroundings, each one provides chances for observation.

While New York City’s staircases range in styles and surroundings, each one provides chances for observation.

So many of the stairways we traverse in our travels throughout the five boroughs aren’t memorable – fire stairs to avoid waiting for an elevator or subway stairs hurriedly taken as the train is arriving. A few are iconic. The notion of visiting Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or Columbia University conjures a sense of gracious public space. Some of NYC’s great stairs are more hidden, or new, making it helpful to be reminded of their charm. Read more

May 21, 2014

Celebrating Active Design and a healthier built environment

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

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