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

At the Graybar Building in Midtown Manhattan, BBB restored and rejuvenated the exterior and public spaces to ensure the building's competitive position in the commercial real estate market.

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 developed an award-winning Preservation Master Plan and phased implementation for the historic St. Thomas Church in New York City.

BBB has restored a magnificent Gothic Revival cathedral to its original 1920s appearance and integrated essential mechanical and safety upgrades.

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 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.

Working with the District of Columbia Office of Planning and Mayor Anthony Williams, the “Vision for Growing an Inclusive City” creates a vision and policy framework for the entire city, focusing on bridging social and physical divides and utilizing a highly participatory public engagement process.

BBB's plan for Mission Rock creates a distinctive mixed-use development adjacent to San Francisco's major league baseball stadium and waterfront parks.

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.

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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.

The 1055 Wisconsin Avenue project seamlessly blends new residential and retail components into the heart of Georgetown overlooking the historic C&O Canal. BBB team members visited the site to view progress of Georgetown’s latest condominium residences, located only steps from Washington Harbour, Waterfront Park, and the shops and bistros of M Street. Hany Hassan, FAIA, director of BBB’s DC office, reflects on the project after leading a tour of 1055 Wisconsin Avenue.

Across the Potomac River from Washington, DC, Rosslyn’s Central Place – a new mixed-use development designed by BBB for the JBG Companies – broke ground in April. Located immediately adjacent to the Rosslyn Metro station, the pair of high-rise buildings – one residential, one an office building – is envisioned as a catalyst for revitalizing downtown Rosslyn, an area that currently suffers from limited urban character and public amenities.

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.

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.

"It is truly exciting to help shape the transformation of yet another DC neighborhood. For the Adams Morgan Vision Framework project, we are fortunate to be able to build upon our work on the citywide DC Vision Plan and Anacostia Waterfront Initiative of a decade ago." —Kevin Storm, AIA, AICP, LEED AP

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.

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.

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"Respecting the past doesn't mean admiring it to the point of replication. My goal is to transform historic buildings for modern and relevant use while maintaining the essence of their original character."

Rence Gill joined BBB’s Washington DC office in 2007. He has experience working on commercial, institutional, government, multi-family residential, and religious projects.
Jennie Gwin is a Principal and Project Manager in BBB's Washington DC office. She has over 15 years of experience in historic preservation and adaptive re-use, with particular expertise in federal government and historic rehabilitation tax credit projects.

"My role is to support our Partners and staff in realizing BBB's strategic vision for the future with sound and collaborative daily management, allowing our talented team to focus on what they do best – realizing our clients' goals."

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