Columbia University - World Room
BRB has renovated the World Room at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, restoring the space to its original grandeur and providing the School of Journalism with a premier gathering space for lectures, social functions and other uses. In recognition of the legacy of the School’s founder, Joseph Pulitzer, a stained-glass window, salvaged from Pulitzer's New York World newspaper headquarters, was restored, naturally illuminated, and given a place of prominence in the room.
Visit the Columbia University project page to learn more about the project.
Higher-Ed Projects in Construction
Several BRB-designed projects have recently begun construction: an addition to Sage Rink at Hamilton College, renovation of the World Room at Columbia University, a new academic building at Molloy College, and a student center at Farmingdale State College (pictured).
The work at Farmingdale involves the restoration and adaptive reuse of a former power plant for student activity purposes. Phase 1 - a new roof with clerestory windows - is complete. Phase 2 - the interior fit out - has just begun.
BRB Participates in Exhibition
The exhibition “The Edgeless School: Design for Learning" has been awarded an AIA Honor Award for Projects. The exhibition includes BRB's design for the Canterbury School Technology Center. Congratulations to Sage and Coombe Architects, the exhibition designer.
Visit the Canterbury School Technology Center page to learn more about the project.
Academic Building for Molloy College
The new 49,500-square-foot Academic Building, opening Fall 2015, will provide Molloy College with general classrooms, as well as specialized labs, teaching facilities, and faculty offices for the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. The building straddles the main campus walkway that connects parking to the campus core. To one side of this path, the building is articulated as a discrete pavilion presiding over the campus quadrangle. This highly visible end of the building houses the more public gathering and study spaces, while the “body” of the building contains the labs and faculty offices.
BRB Renovates Athletic Center at Farmingdale
Nold Hall, built in 1972, has been transformed as a new 100,000-square-foot center for athletics and fitness at Farmingdale State College. Locker rooms, originally built to fulfill physical education requirements, have been renovated as team rooms. An under-utilized pool has been filled in to serve as a multi-use gymnasium. The weight room has been relocated, expanded and re-envisioned as a welcoming, highly-visible, daylit fitness center. And a new display system and lighting will transform the large but under-used lobby space into a Hall of Fame and gathering space.
IIDANY Forum Event
BRB’s Design Director, Mark Maljanian, will participate in a discussion regarding design for learning on Thursday evening, November 7. The conversation will focus on evolving pedagogies and the manner in which the design of educational space can support learning.
Please visit IIDANY for more information.
BRB’s entry in the STORMPROOF competition proposes the transformation of Newtown Creek, one of the most polluted waterways in the US, into a recreational and environmental amenity for New York City. A proposed sluice gate at the mouth of the Creek will contain toxic sludge during dredging and remediation, while allowing the Creek to be sealed during storm surge events. As the estuary heals, surrounding sites become viable for community development, habitat creation and recreational activity.
BRB has just received approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission to construct a 24,000 square foot, seven story addition to the Nightingale-Bamford School, on East 92nd Street, in the Carnegie Hill Historic District of Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The scope will also include 50,000 sf of renovations to the school’s existing building. Construction will start this fall. BRB has been working with Nightingale for the past thirteen years on various efforts to plan for this expansion.
Visit the Nightingale-Bamford School project page to learn more about the building.
World Room at Columbia University
BRB is designing an upgrade of the World Room at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. The 2,000 sf space, overlooking Broadway, serves a wide variety of functions. Most notably, it is the venue for the selection of Pulitzer Prize recipients.
Molloy Campus Center Wins AIA Award
BRB has received the 2012 Excellence in Architecture award from AIA Long Island for the design of the Molloy College Campus Center.
Please visit the project page to learn more about the project.
New Projects at BRB
BRB has begun work on three projects: a new 48,000 sf academic building for Molloy College, comprehensive renovations at the Nightingale-Bamford School, and an addition to Sage Rink for Hamilton College (pictured). The addition at Hamilton features a stone base, a continuous banding of windows, and an aluminum rain screen typical of other athletic structures at Hamilton. Inside are team rooms and support facilities for hockey, soccer, football, softball, baseball and lacrosse.
BRB Featured in Exhibition at CFA
BRB is pleased to announce that its design for the Canterbury School’s Technology Center in New Milford, CT appears with 18 other projects from across the country in a new exhibit at the Center for Architecture. The exhibit, by independent curator and writer Tom Mellins, is entitled “The Edgeless School: Design for Learning,” and it features projects that, according to the exhibit brief, “blur the distinctions between learning needs, approaches, and environments.” Drawings and a model of the Technology Center are on view at the Center for Architecture until May 2013.
Visit the Canterbury School Technology Center page to learn more about the project.
BRB Working with Farmingdale State College
BRB Architects is currently working with SUCF and SUNY Farmingdale to renovate Conklin Hall. Originally constructed as a power plant in the early years of the College, Conklin Hall will be restored and adaptively repurposed as an extension of the new student center. The 16,500 sf structure will house student activity spaces, with a variety of lounge, study, and conference spaces. The interior of the building will feature interconnected spaces, creating an environment where students will join in the buzz of collaborative academic and social activities.
Visit the Farmingdale State College project page to learn more about the renovations of Conklin Hall (in design) and Nold Hall (in construction).
BRB to Develop Artists’ Studio Space in NYC
BRB Architects has been selected by Spaceworks of New York City to repurpose existing underutilized public buildings for use as artist studio and rehearsal space. Spaceworks is initially supported by The Charles H. Revson Foundation in coordination with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Its goal is to create a network of permanent rehearsal and studio facilities for the creative workforce, and develop a model that can be replicated nationally to support visual and performance artists.
Molloy College Opens Campus Center
BRB has completed a new 57,000 sf campus center and associated main quadrangle at Molloy College. Intended to be the centerpiece of the College’s transformation from a commuter college to a 24-hour learning community, the “Public Square” will support student life with spaces such as a 575 seat theater, an information commons, a data center, an art gallery, as well as a cafe, lounge and study spaces which look out onto the new campus quadrangle.
Visit the Campus Center’s project page to learn more.
Molloy College Opens Residence Hall
Fitzgerald Hall, designed by BRB Architects, is now occupied by the first resident students at Molloy College. The residence accommodates 150 students in traditional single and double rooms as well as several six bedroom suites. The entrance terrace, carved out of the surrounding landscape, has become a favorite gathering space for residents and commuting students alike.
BRB Has Relocated
BRB has a new home! We're located on Fifth Avenue at 26th Street. Come visit us and see spectacular views of Madison Square Park!
Pace Master Plan Wins SARA Award
BRB is happy to announce that A Master Plan for Pace University was selected among the award winning projects in the 2011 Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) Celebration of Architecture and Design Program!
Head over to the project page to learn more about the project.
Wirtz International in Architectural Digest
Wirtz International has been featured in the August 2011 issue of Architectural Digest.
photo credit: Wirtz International
Berkeley Carroll "Topped Off"
It may seem odd to call it a "topping off," when the highest level of the building is the ground floor, but after extensive excavation, shoring, and foundation work, steel has been hoisted into place for 16,000 sf of new cafeteria, commons and music classrooms at 181 Lincoln Place.
Visit the Berkeley Carroll School project page to learn more about the building.
BRB Welcomes Jane Cooke
BRB is pleased to announce the appointment of Jane Simoni Cooke as the U.S. representative of Wirtz International, BRB’s collaborator in landscape architecture. Ms. Cooke served for the past three years as executive director of the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. She will focus on new landscape design opportunities while promoting the ongoing Wirtz contributions to the advancement of elegant and ecologically balanced garden designs.
BRB in the New York Times
The NYTimes recalled the heyday and revival of mansard roofs in New York City. BRB's work at the Episcopal School serves as an example of historic preservation, where the new roof was used to add space to the growing school while respecting the history of a beautifully aging building.
You can read the article here at www.nytimes.com
photo credit: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times
LUMENHAUS Exhibits at Farnsworth House
A groundbreaking study in sustainable design, LUMENHAUS is set to exhibit alongside its inspiration- Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House. BRB’s own Osamu Osawa was a key member of the LUMENHAUS architecture team during the project’s design and completion. After winning first place at Solar Decathlon Europe in 2010, subsequent exhibitions included NYC’s Times Square and Chicago’s Millennium Park.
The Farnsworth House Exhibition opens Friday, April 1. For more information visit www.farnsworthhouse.org
photo credit: Jim Stroup
Trinity Wins AIA NY Honors
BRB is happy to announce AIA NY has recognized Trinity School's Johnson Chapel renovation with an Interiors Honor Award!
Head over to the project page to learn more about the innovative use of natural lighting and materials at Trinity.