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At Ellis Island, BBB has made a cultural and historical symbol of American immigration accessible to generations of visitors.

BBB’s design for a 5-story dance facility in Brooklyn creates a dedicated space for a renowned dance troupe.

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 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 restoration of The TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport prepares an icon of modern architecture for future adaptive reuse.

BBB’s adaptive reuse of an outdated New York City park building at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge creates a sustainable, new visitor center that provides space for educational, administrative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 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’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 design converts four 19th-century townhouses into an innovative educational complex for SUNY’s Levin Institute.

BBB’s restoration gives the historic Red Star Line inspection station new life as a museum that celebrates the emigrant experience.

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.

Through architecture, landscape, and sustainability, BLDG 92 provides a new face and neighborhood identity for the historically significant Brooklyn Navy Yard.

BBB’s comprehensive renovation and rooftop addition has recharged MIT’s historic Building E52 for reinvigorated academic use and institute-wide conferencing.

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 has undertaken a multitude of projects with the National Park Service that assist with achieving its mission of “caring for the American legacy.”

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 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 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.

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.

BBB transformed a former hotel on Madison Avenue into a luxury residential building with two stories of first-class retail space.

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.

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 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 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 converted an early 1900s manufacturing building on the Brooklyn waterfront into loft-style condominiums.

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 has transformed a notable 20th century Art Deco building in Brooklyn into 21st century live/work condominiums.

BBB revitalized the former Board of Education headquarters building in downtown Brooklyn, transforming it into condominiums, community space, and public parking.

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’s design for the National Museum of American Diplomacy features engaging exhibits that facilitate public understanding of the critical role American diplomacy has played in shaping our nation and the world.

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 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 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.

A reimagined street-level for a 1970’s residential tower includes contemporary retail storefronts and creates a vibrant mixed-use environment, along with updated amenities, entrance lobby, and outdoor landscaped roof terrace.

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.

BBB’s design for Winthrop House, one of Harvard’s historic River Houses, combines a complete re-visioning of its residential, academic, and public spaces with comprehensive envelope and system upgrades as well as a 41-bed addition.

BBB designed the conversion of a WWII-era storage facility and former warehouse into a state-of-the-art commercial and light manufacturing building at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

BBB’s restoration and redevelopment of Exchange Palace, a monumental historic landmark in the center of Budapest, Hungary, will create a dynamic mix of office, retail, and cultural uses.

BBB is designing several additions to the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk to allow for expansion of marine life exhibits, a movie theater, and new entrance lobbies at the waterfront complex.

A flexible framework to enliven the notable downtown core, Envision Columbus seeks to define the city not only by excellence of design but also by its livability and vibrancy.

BBB is transforming the Times Square Theater into entertainment retail that combines historic and contemporary elements on New York City’s 42nd Street.

A holistic transformation of a historic Washington, DC landmark offers a contemporary interpretation of the original design intent and allows the building to retain its original purpose of easing access to knowledge and information.

BBB’s adaptive reuse of a nineteenth-century firehouse has created a vital community facility for a venerable Lower East Side nonprofit social service organization.

BBB revitalized the historic Franklin School as the home to D.C.’s inaugural language-arts museum, Planet Word, which brings language to life through revolutionary technology, interactive exhibits, and voice activation.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Adding to an existing building, compared with ground-up new construction, isn’t always so glamorous.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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.

The reinvention of Colony Square – Atlanta’s first mixed-use development – is scheduled to break ground October 10th. The iconic mid-century modern complex, originally constructed in the early 1970s, is undergoing transformation into a vibrant commercial, retail, residential and cultural destination in the heart of Midtown.

The renovated Hahne & Company Building has received a Merit Award in Preservation from the AIA New Jersey Design Awards program.

Congratulations to the entire project team! L+M Development Partners (Developer); Inglese Architecture & Engineering (Executive Architect); WSP Global (Structural Engineer); Harold Rosen Associates (M/E/P Engineer); Jablonski Building Conservation (Conservator); and Ulana Zakalak (Preservation Consultant).

An article in Metropolis chronicles the reuse of the Times Square Theater, the last of the historic theater renovations on New York City’s 42nd Street.

In an interview with Untapped Cities, Partner Richard Southwick, FAIA, shares his favorite BBB projects and places in New York City.

“The opening of the TWA Hotel today, after being dark for nearly two decades, is a momentous event in the life of this true modern icon. My 25-year professional involvement with the preservation of the TWA Flight Center and the opportunity to lead the architectural effort with our talented design partners has been a highlight of my career.”

Richard W. Southwick, FAIA, Partner and Director of Historic Preservation

In a recent article from Untapped Cities, Richard Southwick, FAIA, Partner, talks about his “favorite project overall,” the adaptive reuse of Building 1 at Newark airport.

“Our team was charged with transforming Colony Square’s inward-looking design into a highly animated, urban environment that also engages with Midtown [Atlanta] streets…”

Maxwell Pau, AIA, AICP, LEED AP, Partner

The current exhibit in the main gallery celebrates Eero Saarinen’s mid-century masterpiece reactivated in 2019 as a hotel, restaurant, and conference center.

The Washingtonian featured Partner Hany Hassan, FAIA, in a profile and discussed his recent projects, including the Washington Monument New Visitor Facility, and his approach to practicing architecture in the capital.

By adding our voice to the US Architects Declare initiative, BBB continues the firm’s commitment to sustainability and advocacy for healthy living environments, positive social impact, and a low-carbon future.

“It’s a beautiful jewel in the middle of this green oasis, surrounded by all-glass buildings—so that the contrast between the masonry and scale of this gem of a building and the tall glass buildings around it emphasizes its importance, and maybe makes it more precious.”

Hany Hassan, FAIA, Partner

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