2020: A Space Planning Odyssey - A Rooftops Project Virtual Program

Live video-conference August 1, 2020

How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect occupancy needs, planning, and future commitments for not-for-profit organizations, across mission types? How will having lived and worked extensively in a “virtual” world inform and influence future space use and design, especially in the transitional periods that are likely to persist? What will spaces with public audiences, like those for the arts, education, health and social services, and worship, look like as staff and visitors return to a physical environment? And what do all of these, and the economic climate, mean for not-for-profit funding streams, occupancy planning, and capital commitments?

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House of Quakers

Kliment Halsband Architects blends past and present at Friends Seminary

Kliment Halsband Architects wrapped up a multiyear renovation of Friends Seminary in September 2019, placing an entirely new academic building behind three historic townhome facades.

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Espresso with Carlo - Thursday, May 28th at 10:30 AM

A panel discussion with the ORPM Alliance

Join us for the next installment of NYBC's “Espresso with Carlo” on Thursday, May 28 at 10:30 a.m. with members of the Owner’s Representative and Project Management (ORPM) Alliance for a panel discussion that will address the following questions:

  • Will the New York City building industry be forever changed as a result of COVID 19? 
  • How have standard protocols and traditional best practices in the healthcare, cultural, aviation and office sectors been impacted?
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WORKSHOP: Hiring Project Teams: Who Gets Hired & Why

Adrienne Hepler, Principal & COO Joins Panel Discussion

We invite you to join our remote Panel Discussion on Hiring Project Teams - Who Gets Hired & Why, examining the critical process of finding, hiring, and running teams for risky and complex projects in real estate, design and the built environment.



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2020 COTE Award

Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice

The historic Ford Foundation headquarters, completed by Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates in 1968, was hailed as a modernist architectural icon. The new overhaul, a landmark in modernist preservation, transforms a 50-year-old building into a 21st century workplace and public amenity.

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Cooke School and Institute Project Progress – May 2020

Amazing progress!

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Project Handling During COVID-19

Continuing Education, Partner Program, Professional Development, Webinar

Levien & Company principals Adrienne Hepler and Allison Robin will present a snapshot view of how projects in different stages have been affected by COVID-19 and how owners are responding and looking ahead.

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Robert A.M. Stern And International House Reveal Student Residence Hall In Morningside Heights

Robert A.M. Stern Architects has revealed renderings for a new student residence hall that is set to break ground this year in Morningside Heights, Manhattan. Located at 171 Claremont Avenue, the project is being developed by non-profit firm International House New York and will replace a single-story garage structure with eight floors of graduate student housing.

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WX March Breakfast

The Next Evolution of Nontraditional Employment for Women

Please join Adrienne Hepler, Principal & COO of Levien & Company and WX on Thursday, March 19th for a panel discussion on Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) which receives funding from and engages in networking opportunities with WX.

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Friends Seminary

Historic New York School Undergoes Major Makeover

A badly needed renovation and expansion was completed recently to a K-12 school in Manhattan that was built in the mid-1800s.

Friends Seminary has been dealing with the need to expand for decades with an increasing number of students attending classes in the tight space of the 19th and 20th century buildings. At present, there are nearly 800 students at the school, which is located in the Stuyvesant Square Historic District in New York.

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Friends Seminary by Kliment Halsband Architects

An integral part of Manhattan’s Stuyvesant Square Historic District, Friends Seminary has been dealing with growing pains for decades, with an increasing number of kindergarten-through-12th-grade students sharing tight quarters in a disparate group of 19th- and 20th-century buildings. Now the campus has room to breathe, due to a meticulous renovation and expansion by Kliment Halsband Architect (KHA), completed last September, that treads gently on the old-world charm of its setting.

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The Trouble with Accessibility

The Ford Foundation

The renovation of the Ford Foundation in 2019 included a tactile sidewalk at the 43rd Street entrance along with the addition of doors large enough for wheelchairs.

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Cooke School & Institute Nears Completion of Dignified K-12 Building in East Harlem

One of the four new schools opening in Harlem is wrapping up construction, according to photos taken earlier this week by CityRealty. Founded in 1987 by a group of NYC parents disgruntled with the lack of choices for their children with Down syndrome, the Cooke School and Institute provides schooling and services for nearly 300 students ages 5-21 with developmental disabilities. Serving as a different kind of private special education, the organization believes every child should have the opportunity to become self-sufficient and independent, regardless of income.

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The Shed

2020 AIA Award Winner

Congratulations to Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group for being recognized witha 2020 AIANY Honor Award for The Shed.  Levien & Co. is proud to have been part of the team that helped realized this transformative NYC project.

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Ford Foundation for Social Justice

2020 AIA Award Winner - Interior Architecture

Congratulations to Gensler on being recognized with a 2020 AIA Honor Award for the renovation of the Ford Foundation!  Levien & Company was honored to have worked with Henegan Construction Co., Inc. and the entire design team on this iconic New York City project.

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Architectural Record's Top 10 Projects of 2019

Levien & Company is proud to have worked on two of Architectural Record's Top 10 Projects of 2019 - The Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice and The Shed at Hudson Yards.

Small-venue theaters play starring cultural and economic roles in New York City’s economy

A new study identifies the challenges these theaters face, and offers possible solutions that include more city support.

Theatre Row, the five-theater Off-Broadway complex, recently underwent an extensive renovation as part of a larger reimagining of the complex’s role in New York City's nonprofit theater community. Marta Sanders of Architecture Outfit designed the renovation, which was unveiled last summer.

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She Wants to Row to Get From N.Y.C. Into College

Levien & Company is hard at work with Fosters + Partners to realize ROW New York's new signature boathouse that will support young rowers like Sebastiana.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.