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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.
The new High Line Maintenance & Operations Facility serves a critical role in the upkeep and operation of New York City’s celebrated park; its design responds to the unique physical characteristics of the High Line and the surrounding Meatpacking District.
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.
The Torch Club serves New York University faculty, administrators and alumni in a revitalized, historic, cast iron loft building in the heart of the Washington Square campus.
BBB’s planning and design for NYU’s “Broadway Block” creates an overall identity for the Tisch School of the Arts while still maintaining the unique character and requirements of each department.
BBB’s adaptive reuse of an outdated New York City park building at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge creates a sustainable, new visitor center that provides space for educational, administrative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.
BBB’s comprehensive renovation and rooftop addition has recharged MIT’s historic Building E52 for reinvigorated academic use and institute-wide conferencing.
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 design for a 5-story dance facility in Brooklyn creates a dedicated space for a renowned dance troupe.
In the ongoing role of House Architect for the Church of the Heavenly Rest, BBB provides programming, preservation, and system upgrades for the historic building.
At Ellis Island, BBB has made a cultural and historical symbol of American immigration accessible to generations of visitors.
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 has restored a magnificent Gothic Revival cathedral to its original 1920s appearance and integrated essential mechanical and safety upgrades.
BBB’s design for a new building on the Bloomington Campus features materials that respect the historic campus context, balanced by contemporary detailing characteristic of a modern addition.
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 converts four 19th-century townhouses into an innovative educational complex for SUNY’s Levin Institute.
BBB’s award-winning restoration of two historic buildings at the Battleground National Cemetery contributes to the preservation of a significant Civil War landmark.
BBB’s master plan and restoration of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum enhances the original character of the Gilded-Age mansion while integrating the latest in museum technologies and providing visitors with a highly interactive learning environment for the study of American design.
BBB’s design for its expansive new office space in Lower Manhattan incorporates the intrinsic assets of the iconic Equitable Insurance building — excellent light, impressive views and gracious proportions — with a flexible and contemporary work environment that facilitates collaboration.
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.
For the Muhammad Ali Center, a cultural and educational institution that interprets Ali’s life story and inspirational message, BBB designed a new building on a prominent site overlooking the Ohio River.
BBB’s design for a new, multi-use residence hall creates a vertical campus for an internationally renowned music conservatory in upper Manhattan.
Renovation and redevelopment of the historic Randall School will create a vibrant arts campus comprised of a contemporary art museum with commercial and education facilities complemented by a new 12-story apartment building, surrounding a beautiful landscaped courtyard in Southwest DC.
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.
BBB’s design consolidates and relocates the Church Pension Group headquarters, featuring an efficient open work place strategy and a unique combination of modern and spiritually inspired spaces and details.
BBB’s design for Central Place will serve as a catalyst for the revitalization of urban life and pedestrian activity in downtown Rosslyn.
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 has completed the first comprehensive rehabilitation of New York City Hall in more than 50 years, incorporating 21st century systems and technology into an iconic early 19th century landmark.
BBB’s work at The Morgan Library & Museum preserves, restores and expands a New York City architectural treasure.
BBB’s restoration of the historic DC Courthouse revives the original grandeur of the 1820’s structure and provides additional space and enhanced facilities for The Court of Appeals.
BBB completed the rehabilitation of the Jacob Riis Bathhouse, an Art Deco icon affectionately known as the People’s Beach, and prepared its buildings and courtyards for enhanced public use.
BBB has worked with Hermès of Paris for many years, assisting in the restoration and expansion of their New York flagship store and men’s store, located in two landmark structures across Madison Avenue.
BBB has transformed a notable 20th century Art Deco building in Brooklyn into 21st century live/work condominiums.
BBB helped transform the long-vacant Hahne & Company department store in downtown Newark, NJ into a vibrant mixed-use development.
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.
Working with the University of Chicago, BBB is promoting the revitalization of the 53rd Street district in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood to create a vibrant retail and mixed-use corridor that is both attractive to the campus community and an amenity for residents.
BBB’s interpretive design work at The Thomas Edison National Historic Park preserves an endangered piece of American history and offers visitors a glimpse into the great inventor’s home and workplace.
Working closely with the community, BBB created an urban design vision that transforms one of the largest redevelopment sites in Manhattan into a vibrant, mixed-use hub in one of New York’s most dynamic, diverse and historic neighborhoods.
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.
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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.
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:
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.
This past Friday, BBB proudly hosted First Friday – The Architectural League of New York’s popular monthly open house at which its members visit the office of a leading design practice in the city.
In the spring of 2016, BBB inaugurated a firm-wide research award competition designed to support innovative ideas that have the potential to positively disrupt BBB’s practice – how we work and how we design. The research awards are sponsored by the firm’s RED – Research Exchange Develop – initiative launched in 2015 and aimed at promoting research; encouraging a culture of open dialogue, creativity, and critical exchange; and fostering development and propagation of ideas and applications that align with BBB’s practice and culture. Ten provocative proposals – ranging from conceptual ideas and social issues to material, fabrication, and technology – were submitted by individuals and teams from both the New York and Washington DC offices. Two winning teams received stipends after being selected by a blind jury comprised of a cross section of BBB and outside design professionals. Research findings and working process of both teams are currently on display in both BBB offices, and highlights are included in this Story and a related Story on Data Driven (Urban) Design. FABRICation – Flexible Adaptable Block, a Responsive and Intelligent Construct, by Natalya Shimanovskaya and Lissette Méndez-Boyer, combines material exploration of fabric through knitting and crocheting, with a parallel digital and technological exploration of design through parametric application, ultimately expressed in a physical installation.
In the spring of 2016, BBB inaugurated a firm-wide research award competition designed to support innovative ideas that have the potential to positively disrupt BBB’s practice – how we work and how we design. The research awards are sponsored by the firm’s RED – Research Exchange Develop – initiative launched in 2015 and aimed at promoting research; encouraging a culture of open dialogue, creativity, and critical exchange; and fostering development and propagation of ideas and applications that align with BBB’s practice and culture. Ten provocative proposals – ranging from conceptual ideas and social issues to material, fabrication, and technology – were submitted by individuals and teams from both the New York and Washington DC offices. Two winning teams received stipends after being selected by a blind jury comprised of a cross section of BBB and outside design professionals. Research findings and working process of both teams are currently on display in both BBB offices, and highlights are included in this Story and a related Story on FABRICation. Data Driven (Urban) Design, comprised of DC and NY staff Scott Archer, Elizabeth Ellington, Caroline VanAcker, and Michael O’Neill, advances the collective knowledge and database of NYC and DC waterfronts, engaging GIS-mapping tools to generate data-rich urban design models.
For the second year, BBB sponsored a firm-wide research award competition designed to support innovative ideas that have the potential to positively disrupt BBB’s practice—how we work and how we design. The research awards are sponsored by the firm’s RED—Research Exchange Develop—initiative launched in 2015 and aimed at promoting research; encouraging a culture of open dialogue, creativity, and critical exchange; and fostering development and propagation of ideas and applications that align with BBB’s practice and culture. Six provocative proposals—ranging from conceptual ideas and social issues to material, fabrication, and technology—were submitted in 2017 by individuals and teams from both the New York and Washington DC offices. Two winning teams received stipends after being selected by a blind jury comprised of a cross section of BBB and Kyna Leski, author of The Storm of Creativity. Highlights of the research findings and working process of both teams are displayed in both BBB offices, and highlights are included in this Story and a related Story on Make Sidewalks Great Again. Scripting Processes For Automation + Efficiency, by Cooper Schilder, creates dialogues among the different BBB studios to investigate how various design and planning software programs are used together. The project focuses on creating resilient scripts, protocol implementation, and geometry standards for automation and file integration.
An article in The New York Times examines how Grand Central Terminal, one of America’s great civic spaces, still captures our attention. David Dunlap’s piece, accompanied by a time-lapse video shot by Damon Winter, takes a look at the iconic Oyster Bar ramp hall, which was reclaimed in a comprehensive renovation by BBB.
For the second year, BBB sponsored a firm-wide research award competition designed to support innovative ideas that have the potential to positively disrupt BBB’s practice—how we work and how we design. The research awards are sponsored by the firm’s RED—Research Exchange Develop—initiative launched in 2015 and aimed at promoting research; encouraging a culture of open dialogue, creativity, and critical exchange; and fostering development and propagation of ideas and applications that align with BBB’s practice and culture. Six provocative proposals—ranging from conceptual ideas and social issues to material, fabrication, and technology—were submitted in 2017 by individuals and teams from both the New York and Washington DC offices. Two winning teams received stipends after being selected by a blind jury comprised of a cross section of BBB and Kyna Leski, author of The Storm of Creativity. Highlights of the research findings and working process of both teams are displayed in both BBB offices, and highlights are included in this Story and a related Story on Scripting Processes For Automation + Efficiency. Make Sidewalks Great Again, by Anna Oursler and Pari Agarwal, questions the use of concrete in sidewalk design and tests the performance of alternative materials. Sidewalks, many of which are publicly owned, provide an overlooked canvas for creative expression. The project brought industry experts to the office to share experience and best practices and generated a materials database for use on future projects.
In the December issue editorial of Architectural Record, editor-in-chief Cathleen McGuigan writes about the publication’s recent move into the Empire State Building and chronicles the icon’s history and transformation into a national model for the sustainable retrofitting of historic landmarks.
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:
Established in 2000, BBB’s DC office has developed into a major architectural practice with a portfolio of diverse projects and established relationships with the city’s architectural community and its most important review agencies. During this time, the office has been involved in several initiatives – combining city planning, urban design, and historic preservation – that are repairing and revitalizing previously neglected and underutilized areas of downtown DC. Below, we focus on Capitol Crossing in Washington’s Downtown East neighborhood, a transformative project that is “healing” the city.
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“To walk through Grand Central Station every day and know my associates restored it, and I helped contribute to their culture, gives me great joy.”