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BBB’s adaptive reuse of a landmark printing plant creates a vibrant, mixed-use hub that supports the revitalization of the surrounding community and celebrates the area’s history.
Through architecture, landscape, and sustainability, BLDG 92 provides a new face and neighborhood identity for the historically significant Brooklyn Navy Yard.
BBB’s adaptive reuse of Building 1 at Newark Liberty International Airport includes the relocation and restoration of the historic Art Deco terminal and a modern addition.
BBB’s Master Plan for Jones Beach State Park includes adaptive reuse of its monumental and exuberantly detailed Art Deco bath houses and restaurant buildings strung along the mile-long boardwalk.
BBB’s adaptive reuse of an outdated New York City park building at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge creates a sustainable, new visitor center that provides space for educational, administrative and retail facilities.
At Ellis Island, BBB has made a cultural and historical symbol of American immigration accessible to generations of visitors.
BBB’s interiors for the renovated River Houses promote community and student well-being while accentuating the character and historic features of each House.
BBB has converted an early 1900s manufacturing building on the Brooklyn waterfront into loft-style condominiums.
Originally built in 1961 as a postal storage facility and converted into a hotel in 1992, 138 Lafayette Street is now a fully renovated and re-envisioned boutique hotel—11 Howard—in a transformative part of Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood.
BBB’s restoration of The TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport prepares an icon of modern architecture for future adaptive reuse.
Riverdale Country School’s Upper Campus has been transformed over a 20 year period through the implementation of BBB’s master plan and the renovation of nine academic buildings.
A new, multi-theater venue for Off-Broadway productions establishes a community of performance spaces just steps away from the Broadway theater district.
BBB has undertaken a multitude of projects with the National Park Service that assist with achieving its mission of “caring for the American legacy.”
BBB’s sensitive renovation and addition to the historic Hackett Hall provides a modern and efficient academic facility, complete with an expanded, state-of-the-art library and flexible classrooms.
An innovative plan reimagines Greenwich South as a 21st century live-work-play district where a confluence of workers, residents, and visitors support thriving commercial spaces, bustling street life and a robust retail sector.
The centerpiece of BBB’s master plan for St. Peter’s Preparatory School is the conversion of an existing campus building into the Moriarty Science Center, a new state-of-the-art science education facility.
BBB’s comprehensive ten year campus plan for Harvard Business School resulted in an innovative reorganization of buildings to create indoor and outdoor spaces that encourage informal interactions among faculty, staff and students.
BBB revitalized the former Board of Education headquarters building in downtown Brooklyn, transforming it into condominiums, community space, and public parking.
BBB transformed three turn-of-the-century buildings on the General Theological Seminary’s campus to create an educational conference center and a new public face on Tenth Avenue.
BBB developed a comprehensive Preservation Plan that serves as the framework for the General Theological Seminary’s stewardship of its historic buildings.
BBB’s design for a vibrant new residential community at the Watchcase Factory retains the spirit of the historic building through the restoration of original materials and details.
BBB’s design converts four 19th-century townhouses into an innovative educational complex for SUNY’s Levin Institute.
BBB has transformed a notable 20th century Art Deco building in Brooklyn into 21st century live/work condominiums.
Following the completion of a comprehensive Campus Master Plan, BBB converted Williams Hall — a 1903 laboratory building in the heart of the historic Asa Packer Campus — into a lively interdisciplinary academic office building.
The comprehensive campus master plan for Phillips Academy honors a historic campus while guiding its evolution to meet 21st -century needs.
33 East 74th Street is a vibrant residential addition to the Upper East Side Historic District, providing contemporary residences behind restored historic facades.
Designed as a contemporary jewel box, the Rare Book Room at The Center for Jewish History is secure yet transparent, serving as both an archival repository and a venue for revolving exhibits.
In Shanghai’s historic Luwan District, BBB has transformed a 6.45-hectare site into a landscaped cultural park, including a new 2,000-seat theater with a geometrically complex envelope design.
BBB has played a multi-faceted role in the award-winning restoration of New York’s historic Prince George Hotel and its conversion into an affordable housing facility.
BBB’s comprehensive renovation and rooftop addition has recharged MIT’s historic Building E52 for reinvigorated academic use and institute-wide conferencing.
BBB’s design for the Harvard Undergraduate House Renewal Program preserves the spirit and culture of each residential House by creating a home away from home for students during their swing year.
BBB’s design for a 5-story dance facility in Brooklyn creates a dedicated space for a renowned dance troupe.
BBB has transformed a high-end retail emporium into a contemplative environment for the Rubin Museum of Art, the largest facility devoted to Himalayan art in the Western World.
BBB’s transformation of a 1904 gymnasium building creates a contemporary identity for Denison University’s Art Department and promotes the cross-fertilization of visual arts disciplines under one roof.
BBB’s restoration gives the historic Red Star Line inspection station new life as a museum that celebrates the emigrant experience.
BBB’s design for the redevelopment of Eero Saarinen’s mid-century masterpiece reactivates this international landmark and opens it to the public as a hotel, restaurant and conference center.
BBB transformed a former hotel on Madison Avenue into a luxury residential building with two stories of first-class retail space.
Building on Lehigh University’s rich campus history, mountainside setting, and urban context, a comprehensive master plan complements the University Strategic Plan, preserving and enhancing Lehigh’s unique position as a “residential research campus.”
BBB has adaptively reused an early twentieth century landmark theater in the heart of Hyde Park to create a home for the Chicago Innovation Exchange — a central gathering place for Chicago’s innovation ecosystem and a catalyst in the ongoing renaissance of 53rd street.
BBB’s conversion of an underground parking garage into a suite of spaces for museum operations allows additional public space to be dedicated to the visitor experience.
BBB’s design for the US Diplomacy Center features engaging exhibits that facilitate public understanding of the critical role American diplomacy has played in shaping our nation and the world.
BBB’s work on the revitalization of Grand Central Terminal has transformed America’s busiest train station into a contemporary, multi-use transit and retail hub.
The Campus Master Plan for Dartmouth supports key strategic initiatives, within a framework of connectivity and landscape to guide development of academic, residential and campus life spaces.
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Richard Southwick was interviewed by News 12 New Jersey’s Kurt Siegelin on the history of Newark Liberty International Airport. From 1999 to 2002, BBB oversaw the adaptive reuse of the airport’s Art Deco Building 1, helping to save the historic structure from demolition.
The Bronx Chamber of Commerce presented its Adaptive Reuse Award for the Banknote Building, designed by BBB, at its Inaugural Building Awards ceremony held on October 29. BBB’s adaptive reuse of the landmark 1909 printing plant in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx creates a vibrant, mixed-use hub that supports the revitalization of the surrounding community and celebrates the area’s history.
Architect Kett Murphy was recently in Havana, Cuba to present at the VIII Latin American Colloquium on the Industrial Heritage, held on March 14 - 16 and organized by The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH) and the National Council for Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture of Cuba.
This week, members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation are gathering for “PastForward 2015”, a conference and celebration of the National Historic Preservation Act’s 50th anniversary. BBB’s Kate Lemos McHale, Frank Prial, and Fred Bland are joining a wide array of preservation players from individuals to elected officials, federal agencies to architects, scholars to activists.
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today presided over a groundbreaking ceremony for the TWA Hotel, a new $265-million hotel, restaurant and conference center complex that will be anchored by Eero Saarinen’s iconic Flight Center at JFK International Airport.
As a follow up to her Cuba trip to present at the VIII Latin American Colloquium on the Industrial Heritage, architect Kett Murphy published the following conference report in The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH) quarterly bulletin.
“Treasures of New York: Cooper Hewitt” takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the stunning transformation of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, America’s only museum dedicated entirely to historic and contemporary design, and examines the new, high tech upgrades that will engage visitors to the museum like never before.
An article in the LA Times tells the stories of some of the two million immigrants who left Antwerp’s Red Star Terminal for the US from 1878 to 1934. Beyer Blinder Belle designed the recently-opened Red Star Line Museum, which restores, reuses - and provides a contemporary addition to - the Red Star’s humble historic buildings, transforming them into a contemporary museum while maintaining the character of the original structures.
The restored TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport, Eero Saarinen’s icon of modern architecture, has been recognized with an inaugural Excelsior Award for Public Architecture from the AIA New York State. The comprehensive rehabilitation project, commissioned by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and designed by Beyer Blinder Belle, has returned the landmark to its finely-detailed glory and prepared it for adaptive reuse as a hotel, restaurant and meeting center complex.
Antwerp’s Red Star Line Museum received a Special Commendation from the 2015 European Museum of the Year Awards (EMYA). Sponsored by the European Museum Forum, the awards were announced on May 16 at a ceremony held at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, Scotland. More than 200 people from 29 European countries attended the gala ceremony in celebration of the honorees.
The Municipal Art Society of New York has selected the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum as the winner of the 2015 MASterworks Award for “Best Restoration.” Presented annually since 1988, the MASterworks Awards recognize projects for excellence in architecture and urban design and which make a significant contribution to New York City’s built environment. The restoration category encompasses restoration or adaptive reuse of a historically significant building.
RH Greenwich preserves the Greenwich Post Office building’s historic character and prominence in downtown Greenwich. Intended to harmonize with the landmark building and the community it serves, RH Greenwich has been tremendously positive for both.
In his New York Times article, writer David Dunlap considers how plans to redevelop the TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport into a 505-room hotel will bring new life to the beloved landmark. BBB completed a comprehensive restoration of the terminal in 2012 and will design the new hotel with Lubrano Ciavarra Architects for a partnership that includes MCR, JetBlue and the Port Authority.
Prominently located on the Charles River, Building E52 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has reopened following a comprehensive renovation and rooftop addition. The recharged historic 1930’s building houses MIT’s Department of Economics, administrative suites for the Sloan School of Management, and an Institute conference center in the former home of the Faculty Club.
An article in the Harvard Gazette offers a sneak peak inside the newly designed swing space for Harvard’s House Renewal and an article in the Harvard Crimson interviewed student residents of Dunster House soon after they were introduced to their swing year housing. As part of the program, BBB designed spaces to create a home away from home for students during their swing year. The design includes interiors services including layouts, furniture, finishes, fixtures and fabrics, as well as artwork, graphics, and donor signage for new student bedrooms, classrooms, and common spaces including dining facilities, gyms, libraries, music rooms, and multi-function spaces.
The Greenwich Post Office building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been adaptively reused to house a Restoration Hardware flagship showroom referred to as “RH Greenwich, The Gallery at the Historic Post Office”. BBB served as a consultant for historic preservation. “The interior…has now been transformed to serve as an architectural canvas,” said Frank Prial Jr., Associate Partner at BBB.
A recent article in the New York Times takes a look at the conversion and combination of six, 5-story rowhouses and two townhouses into one building to create luxury living spaces.
Beyer Blinder Belle has been working with Amherst College on the development of a campus-wide framework plan initiated in 2013. The all-encompassing campus plan is designed to serve as a flexible, living document that can adapt to evolving priorities and ongoing projects while abiding by strong and clear principles.
With a rich history, steeped in a town of historical significance all its own, the revitalization of the Bulova Watchcase Factory in Sag Harbor creates a new condominium complex that reflects the diverse styles of the surrounding village. The New York Times takes a look inside the new development restored by Beyer Blinder Belle with interiors by Steven Gambrel.
“As architects, we advance our mission through projects that contribute to our communities, our cities and beyond. In today’s world, there couldn’t be a more meaningful project than helping to create the US Diplomacy Center.” – Partner Hany Hassan
The Following Function series explores projects in Europe and the US that pioneer the creative reuse of redundant industrial sites, and considers the implications for heritage conservation and post-industrial communities.
The TWA Terminal at JFK International Airport has been honored with a prestigious American Architecture Award, bestowed by the Chicago Athenaeum in recognition of excellence in architecture and urbanism in the United States.
The Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards are bestowed annually by the New York Landmarks Conservancy in recognition of the owners and stewards of historic buildings across the City, who completed extraordinary restoration and reuse projects. Preservation Awards are given to projects that demonstrate excellence in the restoration, preservation, or adaptive use of historic buildings, streetscapes, and landscapes that preserve commercial, residential, institutional, religious, and public buildings.
Amidst much press and anticipation of the completion of the rehabilitation of the Watchcase Factory into housing, Beyer Blinder Belle’s architectural historian Kate Lemos McHale reflects on the historic Village of Sag Harbor and her personal connections to the project.
Articles in the Harvard Gazette and Harvard Magazine take a look at Beyer Blinder Belle’s design for the renovation of Winthrop House, one of Harvard’s neo-Georgian undergraduate residential Houses, as part of the University’s House Renewal program.
Managing Partner Frederick Bland was asked to present at the SCUP 2014 North Atlantic Symposium: “Building Excellence from the Ground Up: Stony Brook’s First 50 Years.” This symposium reflected on Stony Brook University’s rapid development into a leading public research university, examined several initiatives that transformed the Stony Brook campus, and the challenges and opportunities in maintaining a research university for the coming decades.
Partner Hany Hassan was invited to speak at a ceremony celebrating the installation of a replica of Roy Lichtenstein’s Greene Street Mural at the United States Diplomacy Center, a new museum and educational center designed by BBB for the State Department.
Excerpted from the Spring 2017 AIANYS Quarterly Should there be a building? What purpose will it serve? How will it advance the vision of an urban or academic community? How will it transform and redefine its context? A traditional design process often begins after these questions have been answered and a site has been selected – yet much of the impact of a new building lies in the essential qualities of what, where, and why.
Partner Hany Hassan’s exceptional hand drawings – notably, his sketches of significant buildings and sites around the world – stand out as works of art in their own right. A selection of Hany’s drawings are on display at the District Architecture Center in Washington, DC, through May 7th. We hope you will have the opportunity to stop in and see the exhibition.
The renovation of the Art Deco-style Tower Building in Washington DC will create sustainable Class-A office space with unique shared amenities that enhance the historic character of the National Register building and introduce an iconic presence with minimal disruption to existing tenants. The project scope includes exterior restoration, renovation of common core areas, and construction of new facilities including a conference center, fitness center, and bike room, as well as the design of graphics and signage.
North American Properties has enlisted Beyer Blinder Belle in collaboration with Atlanta-based Lord Aeck Sargent to “reimagine” Midtown Atlanta’s Colony Square. A preliminary conceptualization was released today:
On April 2, BBB’s New York office hosted award-winning writer Witold Rybczynski in a panel discussion of his recent book, How Architecture Works: A Humanist’s Toolkit. As significant as Witold Rybczynski’s visit were the conversations that members of the BBB community had in the studio about the book, and in the days leading to and following the event many interesting ideas came to the fore. Here are some of the great questions posed that the panel did not have time to address. They are valuable as open-ended subjects for reflection.
Contemplating the 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law—which was being formulated when Penn Station was threatened with demolition and enacted only after it was lost—it is interesting to look at the ways in which preservation and design are intrinsically linked, and the importance of the narrative.
Adding to an existing building, compared with ground-up new construction, isn’t always so glamorous.
Cleary Larkin worked as an architect for BBB from June 2007 to May 2015. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Urban Planning at the University of Florida, where she intends to focus on the development of local preservation strategies within early 20th-century city planning. Here she considers how preservationists, designers and planners can better collaborate.
After 40 year’s idle, the historic 1901 Hahne & Company Department Store in downtown Newark has undergone a transformative renovation and will soon be home to a lively mix of residential, retail, commercial, and cultural tenants. Across Broad Street from Military Park – a green oasis in the downtown – and connecting directly with the Newark campuses of Rutgers and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the redevelopment is poised to serve as a valuable asset to the community as well as a model for urban revitalization and creative place-making.
BBB has an ongoing relationship with the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation. As an architect, preservationist, and former Director of Historic Preservation at BBB, the contributions of the late Dr. Fitch to the fields of architecture, planning, and preservation provide inspiration to the Foundation’s Fellows. Today BBB continues to support Dr. Fitch’s mission, led by BBB’s Managing Partner and Chairman of the Fitch Foundation, Fred Bland.
Docomomo US today announced ten winners of the 2016 Modernism in America Awards program, stating that winning projects “are exemplary of the efforts going on all over the country as the awareness of the importance to advocate, restore and celebrate the architecture, landscapes and typologies of postwar society in the United States continues to expand.” We are honored that the jury awarded a Citation of Merit for the restoration of The Met Breuer.
Among the eleven Modernism in America Awards announced today by Docomomo US, the restored TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport is the recipient of the 2015 Commercial Design Award of Excellence and one of three Saarinen buildings selected for an award.
BBB’s office at 120 Broadway in lower Manhattan recently achieved LEED Gold status. Thank you to our design team who made this possible: Elizabeth Leber, Margaret Kittinger, Anna Grabowska, and Steve McCarthy. Designed in collaboration with our sustainability consultants YRG, select sustainable features which contributed to the LEED Gold recognition are listed below:
Detroit has become a symbol of post-industrial distress. Ruin voyeurs photograph scenes of overwhelming decay and the uncanny incursion of nature into spaces once dedicated to the manmade. But just as they overlook the underlying sadness of dereliction, so they ignore the vibrancy of an active city with a population working to translate loss into opportunity.
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Aaron Lamport is a seasoned Project Manager with extensive experience in the management and execution of academic and institutional projects.
Christopher Cowan is a Project Manager and Architect with extensive experience guiding the renovation and design of institutional, commercial, and residential projects.
Michael Wetstone has provided architectural and design leadership on some of the firm’s most celebrated civic commissions.
“As architects and planners, we are always learning – you can’t really push the limits on something until you fully understand it. We get to the essence of what people do and then shape our work around it.”
“To achieve good design you need to know how to build. Growing up in the world of construction and development, I was able to see firsthand how architecture benefits enormously from knowledge of construction and functionality.”
“I have always been attracted to the vibrancy and excitement of cities and have focused my career on making them more livable. This work naturally extended to include campuses - microcosms of larger communities and cities - which help shape individuals’ aspirations and our society’s future.”
“Our work has become increasingly multifaceted and nuanced, encompassing a diverse array of rehabilitation, restoration and reconstruction projects that demand ever more creative and innovative design approaches, technologies and methodologies.”
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