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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!

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

August 27, 2015

Inhabitat highlights Citizen and its support of green lifestyles


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.

May 22, 2015

A home without energy bills? It’s not as crazy as it seems.

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Just ask our own Sustainable Design Director, Jennifer Preston, who recently shared her insights on the future of New York City’s multifamily residential market with The Observer.  In her words, “the concept of not paying an energy bill is not that crazy. And I wish people asked for it, because we could do it.”

The article also highlight’s The Jefferson, our most recently completed multifamily project, which boasts a blue roof and a centrifugal action stormwater sediment separator. The project is on track to receive LEED Gold certification and is expected to earn all available stormwater credits, a rare accomplishment for an urban building.

The full article can be accessed online here. To speak with Jennifer about the future of sustainable living, or other topics in which she is an expert, please email bkskinfo@bksk.com.

January 8, 2015

Julie Nelson joins Urban Green’s Monthly Programs Committee


We are excited to share that Julie Nelson has been named to the Monthly Programs Committee (MPC) of the Urban Green Council, the New York Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The mission of the Urban Green Council is to advance the sustainability of urban buildings through education, advocacy and research.

In this role with the MPC, Julie will assist in the planning and implementation of monthly educational programs that align with the vision of the USGBC and support efforts to make New York a more sustainable city. In addition, Julie serves on Urban Green’s advisory committee for GPRO Homes, through which she supports the development of a new GPRO curriculum that will expand green building practices among homebuilders.

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

August 12, 2014

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

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

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