From all of us at Edelman Sultan Knox Wood / Architects, we wish you a wonderful 2018!!
2017 was a very full year here at ESKW/A.
We’ve grown our staff by 1/3rd, renovated and expanded our offices, and celebrated Kimberly Murphy’s transition from Associate to Partner. We’re also wrapping up several projects of which we are very proud — and of course our team is already hard at work on the exciting projects set to debut in 2018.
It’s tradition here at ESKW/A to celebrate the holiday season together over a nice dinner and festive drinks, and this year was no exception. Our office feted together family-style in Brooklyn before heading our separate ways across states’ and nations’ borders to spend time with loved ones. In fact, we were thrilled that two of our ‘remote’ colleagues made a special trek in for the occasion — Cary from Philly, and Francisco from Berlin!
The annual White Elephant gift exchange made for a lively show, complete with plot twists and cut-throat surprises no doubt on par with the sort of spectacles once viewed at the Colosseum.
But in the end, friendships were mended and grievances forgotten, and everyone settled into the cheerful holiday spirit(s).
If you’ve walked through the western Bronx recently, you may have noticed a newcomer on the skyline: the 11-story, 60-unit subsidized housing building at 1561 Walton Avenue recently achieved substantial completion. Residents have begun to move in, just in time to burrow in for what’s already proving to be a snowy winter season.
The new building is the latest addition to Settlement Housing Fund’s longstanding mission of providing quality permanent housing for mixed income and formerly homeless families.
ESKW/A enjoyed our annual pumpkin carving (and painting) party yesterday – 5 teams competed for a coveted Gourmet Garage gift card. As always, everyone enjoyed some spooky music, thematic snacks, and seasonal brews as we worked. Voting is taking place today — best of luck to the teams, and Happy Halloween to all!
We were excited to see that today’s NYTimes includes an article on the rebuilding of the New York Aquarium post-Sandy, and features the new Ocean Wonders: Sharks! building currently under construction.
As Architects of Record for the new building, we’ve blogged about this project’s development more than once, and it’s great to see it garnering some media attention.
While the sharks will of course be the star of the show, the exhibit will also showcase scenes of realistic shipwrecks, as well as immersive and interactive exhibits displaying a myriad of aquatic life. On the exterior, visitors will appreciate exhibits of a different sort, strolling along the curving ramp promenade from within the park up to the roof deck – offering views above adjacent exhibits, the Coney Island Boardwalk, and out to the Atlantic Ocean. The project is expected to open to the public in 2018.
Last weekend, the Neighbors to Save Rivington House came together to present to the community stories from the building’s conversion and use as a nursing home for individuals with AIDS. Community members spoke of their personal experiences during Rivington House’s 20-year history.
ESKW/A partner Andrew Knox, a long-time neighbor to the building, attended the forum and spoke to the building’s characteristics and suitability as a nursing care facility.