Structural Framework Finished for 425 Park Avenue's Parapet Fins

Construction of 425 Park Avenue continues apace with installation of the structural framework now complete.  Levien & Company is honored to be part of the project team.

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NOMA '19

Levien & Company was proud to sponsor NOMA's National conference 5K run which took place Sunday, October 20th. Congratulations to our own Ryan Beelitz, Ezra Monasebian and Daniel Eida who had a great time crushing the competition.



Open House New York

October 18th through 20th

Every October, Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors of New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York.

This year Levien & Company is proud to have three of our projects included in this year's Open House New York weekend (October 18th through 20th).  Follow the link to sign up to tour the Ford Foundation for Social Justice, Central Synagogue and Friends Seminary.

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A Tree Grows in Westchester

Historic Rockefeller Orangerie will become a net-zero art center

Lush, gated properties are not out of the ordinary in the Westchester village of Tarrytown, New York. However, set back upon the Rockefeller family’s former estate lies something entirely out of the ordinary—a stately greenhouse for growing oranges. Built in 1908 by architect William Welles Bosworth, the building served as a winter greenhouse for orange trees, an orangerie. More than a century later, New York-based architecture firm FXCollaborative wants to give “the Orangerie,” a building on the estate, a new purpose, with plans to adapt it into a public arts center with net-zero carbon emissions.

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ENR New York’s 2019 Project of the Year

The Shed’s Mobile Structure Has New Level of Performance

The Shed—a $400-million, 20,000-sq-ft art and performance space—adds a new dimension to movable structures. A fixed eight-story structure called the Bloomberg Building is covered with a 4,000-ton exposed structural steel shell that rolls out like an expanding telescope to transform an adjacent concrete plaza into a performing arts pavilion.

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Covenant House Breaks Ground On Supportive Housing Development At 460 West 41st Street In Midtown West

On September 19, Covenant House broke ground on its first supportive housing development in 47 years. Located at 460 West 41st Street in Midtown West, the 80,000-square-foot facility is designed by FXCollaborative. According to permits filed last year, the structure will stand 164 feet tall and contain 80,290 square feet, with 53,053 square feet dedicated to community facility space. The building should also comprise 60 units averaging approximately 884 square feet.

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Friends Seminary NYC

School Opens Today for Fall Classes in the Transformed Campus of Friends Seminary

The expansion of Friends Seminary, the oldest coeducational independent school in New York City, creates a single accessible facility for 780 students, within a landmarked district in the East Village.   The entirely new structure behind the facades of three 1852 townhouses and connected them seamlessly to the school's main building. With progressive learning environments and extensive landscape and natural elements, this project integrates contemporary architectural solutions into the historic fabric of the campus. 

Pratt Institute Debuts Emerson Place Residence For First-Year Students In Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

Pratt Institute, a prestigious private university in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, recently unveiled a new dormitory known as Emerson Place Residence. Located at 135 Emerson Placebetween Myrtle and Willoughby avenues, the ten-story building overlooks the Northeastern corner of the campus and was designed in collaboration by CannonDesign, Hanrahan Meyers Architects, and other professionals from the institute, itself.

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Art on demolished Brooklyn Heights Library facade has found a new home

The art on the facade of the Brooklyn Heights Library has found a new home.

Back in 2017, the old library building, a squat structure from the early 1960s that exuded WPA vibes, was demolished to make way for a luxury condo tower designed by New York’s Marvel Architects. While the building itself wasn’t much to look at, the art on its facade was most certainly was: six bas-reliefs by Italian sculptor Clemente Spampinato that playfully depicted industry and businesses; crafts; sciences; knowledge; literature; and arts.

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Allison Robin - Executive of the Month


Robin of Levien & Co. brings best practices to her clients, with a focus on delivering high quality.

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New David Rockefeller Creative Arts Center Will Nurture the Arts in Westchester and the World

Today, The Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) announced plans for the creation of the David Rockefeller Creative Arts Center, a vibrant public venue that will nurture the arts both locally and globally with world class performances and exhibits, residencies for artists working across disciplines, and space for school and community cultural functions.

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Pamela Holzapfel Celebrates 20 Years at Levien!

This week, Levien & Company is proud to celebrate Pamela Holzapfel's 20-year anniversary with the firm! Pam leads L&C's public realm and urban planning and design projects. Under her guidance, L&C has completed projects for Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park & River Center, Union Square Park's North End Redevelopment, and Columbia University’s Manhattanville Campus, among many others.

A Change of Pace

Gorgeous New Spaces Bring the City In

It takes only a brief stroll into the beautifully reimagined spaces at our landmark downtown buildings, One Pace Plaza and 41 Park Row, to understand why our social media has been bursting with emoji-laden praise:

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Covenant House

Gotham Org Lands $61M Mortgage to Fund Charity’s New Youth Shelter Building

A charity that helps homeless young people is getting a $61 million loan from Goldman Sachs’ urban investment group to renovate its shelter on the West Side, Commercial Observer can first report.

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A Lot Can Happen in a Year

Cooke Topping Off Ceremony

A year ago, Cooke School broke ground on the construction of a new, state-of-the-art school. Since that day, our dream of building a new, permanent home for our students is coming true. On March 14, 2019, exactly one year after we broke ground, we gathered to celebrate by hosting a Topping Off ceremony. With the final exterior beam in place, we'll move on to construct the interior of the building. It's an exciting time for Cooke! 

First Look at the New Covenant House

42-Story Tower to Rise Next Door on Tenth Avenue

In 1976, rising non-profit Covenant House purchased a group of buildings on Tenth Avenue near Port Authority bus terminal to provide housing and services to homeless youth. In the decades that followed, the 7 train was extended, Hudson Yards rose, developers awoke to the potential and views this stretch of Midtown Westoffered, and Covenant House grew into an international organization that was sometimes forced to turn people away due to space constraints.

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New York’s Landmarks Preservation Commission approves resurfacing of modernist 140 Broadway plaza

The third time’s the charm for engineers NV5 and preservation consultants at Higgins Quasebarth & Partners. On February 5, the team, this time joined by stone conservation expert George Wheeler, successfully argued before New York’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) for permission to swap the stone out at the Manhattan plaza of the landmarked 140 Broadway building.

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Pace University Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Freshmen at Pace University's School of Performing Arts helped us celebrate the opening of our newly revitalized student spaces in One Pace Plaza. Check out their fancy footwork! FXCollaborative was the architect for the project.

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Ken Levien Joins Board of BWAF

Kenneth Levien, FAIA and President of Levien & Company has joined the Board of Directors for the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation.  The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF), a nonprofit organization was created with the mission of advancing the knowledge and recognition of women’s contributions to architecture. It now also embraces issues specific to women currently working within the building industry. To this end, BWAF both commissions and curates research that pertains to women working at all levels within all fields of practice —including architecture, engineering, construction, design, landscape, preservation, and planning.

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The Shed, a Rare New Arts Center on the Hudson, Is Set to Open

The Shed — one of the most significant additions to New York City’s cultural landscape in decades — finally has an opening date.

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The 14 Most Anticipated Buildings of 2019

In the words of architect Robert Venturi, we believe these buildings will allow you to “see familiar things in an unfamiliar way”

As 2018 nears an end and one year folds into the next, we at Architectural Digest are looking ahead to highlight those buildings we’re most excited about for 2019. Spanning cities from Taipei to Miami, these soon-to-be completed structures will surely impress architecture lovers as well as those who casually stroll by.

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Adrienne Hepler Receives Industry Awards

Congratulations to Levien & Company Principal Adrienne Hepler, on being recognized as one of the Professional Women in Construction, New York's annual "20 under 40" winners! As a Principal at Levien & Company, Adrienne’s project work focuses on not-for-profit and cultural institutions, where she is adept at managing complex capital projects with rigorous government approvals, public funding requirements, and compressed schedules. As a Principal, she focuses on ongoing client support, general firm management, and works with senior staff to strategically expand Levien & Company’s reach.

Adrienne was also recognized as a 2018 "Woman on the Rise" by the Commercial Observer at last week's 2nd Annual Women in Real Estate, Construction & Design Forum.

Building Your Values

The Ford Foundation’s restoration of its landmark building makes a bold statement about what architecture owes the public today

When the Ford Foundation’s 12 stories of mahogany-colored granite, Cor-Ten steel, and transparent glass opened on 42nd Street in 1967, urban observers saw it as a gift.

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425 Park Avenue Tops Out

The topping out ceremony for 425 Park Avenue was held yesterday, attended by Norman Foster, accompanied by David W. Levinson and Rob Lapidus, the co-founders of L&L Holding Company who commissioned the building. The first full-block office building built on Park Avenue in over 50 years, 425 Park Avenue stands alongside Modernist icons designed by Mies van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen and Philip Johnson on the world’s grand boulevard of commerce

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Growing Out of the 60's: The Ford Foundation Building Gets Renewed

Renovating a building is like taking a long, honest look at your life. You have to decide which parts to keep buffing and which have fallen away, how much sameness to cling to without getting stuck in the past, how to embrace change without betraying your core. Preservation means understanding that a course chosen decades ago no longer means the same thing. In the 1960s, a handsome ashtray embedded in an armrest was a touch of thoughtfully deluxe design, not an incitement to antisocial behavior. Few of us were ever as enlightened as we thought.

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American Baptist Home Mission Societies

Ribbon-cutting Ceremony at New Faility

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 11/13/18)—The board of directors of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) opened its biannual meeting at ABHMS’ new mission offices in King of Prussia.

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A 21st-Century Renaissance for Ford Foundation Landmark

The building, a prescient example of civic architecture, sees the light after a two-year makeover.

Some good news: Employees are moving back into the Ford Foundation headquarters, between 42nd and 43rd Streets, a stone’s throw from the United Nations.

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Commercial Real Estate's Women to Watch

Allison Robin Zampetti

Congratulations to Levien & Company Principal Allison Robin Zampetti on being named a "Woman to Watch" by Real Estate Forum!

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This Education Start-up Takes Cues From Office Design


Designed by A+I, AltSchool's new model campus could serve as a model for schools seeking to increase individualized attention for each student.

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Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center

The role of the branch library today is more than a repository of information – and while access to information and media of all sorts is still a critical part of what the branch libraries do, they also provide many related social services.

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20 Under 40

Outstanding Women in Construction

Allison Robin Zampetti, Principal at Levien & Company named one of 20 Under 40 for 2017 by Professional Women in Construction.

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Close Up

A Welcome Center

At the start of this academic year, a purpose-built, two-story space opened on the ground floor and lower level of 342 East 24th Street - next door to the 24th Street Residence, SVA's newest and largest residence hall.

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Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center

Brooklyn Public Library

Marble Fairbanks celebrated the groundbreaking of the future Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center with Brooklyn Public Library,

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The Flea, an Off Off Broadway Fixture, Opens New Theater in TriBeCa

The Flea Theater was founded with the aim of “raising a joyful hell in a small space.” Now, 21 years later, the Off Off Broadway nonprofit is going to be raising more hell in a bigger space. The move is a bold step for an unpretentious company, made all the more noteworthy because it is taking place in one of Manhattan’s pricier neighborhoods: TriBeCa.

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Allison Zampetti

Went from Bejing Olympic Wannabe to Project Manager at Levien & Company

When she was growing up in Connecticut, Allison Zampetti nurtured an interest rare for high school students.

“I had a science teacher who was really passionate about construction, and I realized that I was passionate about construction,” said Zampetti (née Robin), 34, a project manager at Levien & Company. “He organized these monthly field trips, and we’d drive around town and looked at construction sites together. That was the first time I realized that I really like construction a lot.”

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Pace University will spend $200 million to keep pace with lower manhattan

Pace University plans to spend $190 million to transform its fortresslike campus to better connect students with the surrounding city and draw attention to the school's streak of growth.

School officials say Pace plans to renovate 1 Pace Plaza, its flagship campus complex just south of the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge. Clad with an imposing concrete façade, the building hearkens back to a time when institutions sought to wall themselves off from the city's gritty streets.

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Carnegie Hall Studio Towers Renovation Project

2017 AIA Honor Award for Architecture

Spanning seven years, this $230 million project concentrated on three goals: renovating, reorganizing, and repurposing 167,000 square feet of the non-performance venues at the New York City national historic site.

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At Jazz at Lincoln Center, a Lobby and Venue in Sync

When Jazz at Lincoln Center opened 11 years ago at the Time Warner Center, it was hailed as an architectural success, with one exception: its oddly configured lobby areas. So the center has taken it from the top, with an $18.5 million redesign to make it a bit jazzier.

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2016 AIA Education Facility Design Awards

Dwight-Englewood School Hajjar STEM Center

The new 28,000 SF Hajjar STEM building at the Dwight-Englewood School, an independent day school for PK-12, is the realization of a multi-year exploration and visioning process.  The simple, rectangular forms are executed with precision and sophistication that clearly reflect the buildings use. 

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A Mighty Fortress

The Park Avenue Armory has become one of New York City’s most exciting arts venues

Levien & Company managed seven years of the Park Avenue Armory's multi-phase, $200 million renovation, including the newly opened Veterans Room. The chamber, a cacophony of Belle Époque decorative arts, was executed in 1880 by a collective led by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Stanford White. The floor-to-ceiling fusion of Greek, Moorish, Egyptian, Persian and Japanese elements is as dizzying as it is dazzling.

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Ken Levien Recognized by Washington University in St. Louis & The American Institute of Architects

Kenneth Levien was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), the AIA's prestigious recognition of architects as individuals as well as their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Ken's elevation to FAIA is in the "Alternative Career" category. Nationally 122 AIA members were elected to the AIA's College of Fellows in 2013. Out of a total AIA membership of over 80,000 there are about 3,000 members distinguished with this honor. Ken and the other 2013 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony in June 2013 at the National AIA Convention in Denver.

Washington University in St. Louis Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts has awarded Kenneth Levien its Distinguished Alumni Award for 2013. It recognizes a graduate for their contributions to the profession of architecture.