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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
A New Hub for Artistic Invention Coming Soon to New York City
Described as a "cultural shed for New York," The Shed is an expandable multi-use cultural venue designed by the NYC-based firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Rockwell Group.
That New Building off the High Line
Have You Seen This?
THIS FEAT OF ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING is part of the Shed, an art and performance space that will become the latest spectacle along New York’s High Line. While the Shed won’t be up and running for more than a year, it can now do this neat five-minute ballet on six-foot wheels.
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.
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.”
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.
New York's New Center for Artistic Invention
Currently under construction on the far west side of Manhattan where the High Line meets Hudson Yards, The Shed will be housed in a 200,000-square-foot, six-level structure designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group. The radically flexible design of the performative structure can physically and operationally accommodate the broadest range of performance, visual art, music, and multi-disciplinary work. Purpose-built to complement The Shed’s programmatic vision, the building is designed to operate in various configurations and to offer multiple events simultaneously.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.