LWAC at the Bronx Zoo

By Janine Sutton

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is in the midst of construction on the LaMattina Wildlife Ambassador Center (LWAC), a new facility that will house the Zoo’s tractable animal collection including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates.  Completion is anticipated by the end of summer 2012.

The building has taken shape over the last couple of weeks. The building envelope is complete, the interior is fully framed, and the gypsum wallboard is being hung.

The Kalwall roofing, translucent panels that maximize natural light, is installed over the South Wing.

The North Wing is nearing completion.  The workers are securing the Kalwall panels to the structure below.

The VIP guest and donor entrance and “meet and greet” area is waiting installation of floor-to-ceiling glass storefront system. This room will allow visitors to interact with the animals in an intimate setting.

Following its anticipated completion, LWAC will attain a LEED Silver Certification.

Update: St. Mark’s Arch Repair

By Janine Sutton

Restoring the arch, fence, and granite at St. Mark’s Church In-the-Bowery is almost complete. Archa Technology, a restoration company, successfully cleaned off years of paint, graffiti, and dirt from the granite base that runs along the perimeter of the property. Archa used a non-abrasive chemical cleaning material combined with a power washing to restore the granite to its original condition.

Left block: The granite prior to restoration.  Right block: Years of grime have been removed.

The wooden structures act as placeholders for the fence and gate.

The gate and fence are in the process of being restored and painted off-site. Check back in a couple of weeks to see the completion of this project!

Sister Tesa’s Work with Hour Children

By Fialka, Kimberly, and Claire

We proudly support our client, Sister Tesa Fitzgerald of Hour Children, who is featured in the recent New York Times article “In Deeds, Nuns Answer Call of Duty!”

Sister Tesa is one of the Sisters who founded Hour Children, a non-profit organization which provides care for the children of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women. Hour Children maintains supportive services upon the women’s release from prison as they reunite with the children and adjust to their new lives. Supportive and affordable housing offered by Hour Children plays a key role in this transition.

We are proud to be a part of this process as architects for several of Hour Children’s housing initiatives. Currently under construction is Hour Apartment House III, a new 4-story apartment building in Long Island City providing eighteen 2 and 3-bedroom apartments. Also completed for Hour Children was Hour Apartment House II, the rehabilitation of an existing building and conversion into eight units of supportive housing.

Keep up the great work, Sister Tesa!

Jim Dwyer, “In Deeds, Nuns Answer Call of Duty,” The New York Times, May 1st, 2012.