Designing Actively

Spring is here, and as we emerge from our winter hiding places, a lot of us are turning our attention to cultivating a more active lifestyle.

In light of that shift in attitude, it felt very appropriate to attend and participate in the AIANY’s 10th annual Fit City. The event provided a full day’s worth of presentations and panel discussions with architects, planners, designers, developers, government officials, community advocates, and public health professionals, all centered around one common goal:

How can we work together to create a built environment that keeps us healthy?

ESKW/A was happy to share our experience designing the New Settlement Community Campus (with Dattner Architects), which has recently been honored with an Excellence Award from the Center for Active Design.  Kimberly Murphy took part in the panel on Designing for Health in Affordable Housing to discuss how the Community Campus has been a life-changing boon for the residents of a largely low-income neighborhood of the Bronx.

Later that day, Amanda Sengstacken and Melissa Rouse of ESKW/A joined Kimberly along with Bill Stein and David Levine from Dattner Architects to accept the award which was hosted at the Steelcase showroom in Columbus Circle. Other honored projects were presented and the event was a great opportunity to visit with colleagues doing good work across the country. We enjoyed visiting with fellow panelist Bill Sabattini of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini Architects whose Casitas de Colores creates a community in downtown Albuquerque, NM, with an abundance of active living opportunities. We agree with Bill; active design isn’t rocket science, it’s just good practice.

We also appreciated the planning and design work that went into SWA Group’s Guthrie Green project in Tulsa, OK. We can relate to principal Elizabeth Shreeve’s appreciation for working with clients whose mission is truly inspired.

We thank Carol, Jack, and Megan from SHF and New Settlement for envisioning and now facilitating NSCC whose life post-occupancy is exceeding all expectations.  A good time was had by all, and we look forward to future active design opportunities.

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Kudos for 4380 Bronx Blvd and New Settlement Community Campus

We are very pleased to announce two new awards:

4380 Bronx Blvd., our renovation of a warehouse into a men’s shelter for Project Renewal, has been awarded a Silver Medal of Honor from the Society Of American Registered Architects.

And New Settlement Community Campus has been named an Excellence Winner by the Center for Active Design.

The 2015 Center for Active Design Awards have already garnered media attention, with articles from the Architect’s Newspaper Blog, and Fast Company.

Awards Season!

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Not to toot our own horn too loudly, but we’re proud to announce that recent ESKW/A projects have been honored with awards! New Settlement Community Campus, submitted with Dattner Architects, received an Excelsior Award, a new program from AIA New York State honoring outstanding Public Architecture.  Our men’s homeless shelter for Project Renewal at 4380 Bronx Boulevard was recently completed and received a Boston Society of Architects Housing Design Award.

We wanted to take this opportunity to share some of our favorite detail photos of each project which don’t often get promoted. Thank you to AIA New York State and Boston Society of Architects for recognizing our projects.

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The BSA Awards Gala

By Kimberly Murphy, AIA, Associate, ESKW/A

On behalf of the entire New Settlement Community Campus team, I was honored to attend the 3rd Annual Boston Society of Architects (BSA) Awards Gala and accept our Citation Award for Educational Facilities Design with my husband Mark Wagner. The sold-out Gala was a wonderful evening of professional camaraderie, as well as a great reason for a mini-trip to Boston. The Gala was held at the Boston InterContinental Hotel with sweeping views of the Boston Harbor and Fort Point Channel. The festive atmosphere was perfect for making connections with other architects working in an urban environment.

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We were able to meet up with former ESKW/A co-workers Janine Sutton and Kelly Kurlbaum and catch up on their professional and personal lives. I was shockingly unable to convince them to leave miserably cold Boston and return to horrendously cold New York, but I will try again in the spring.

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We even managed to fit in a visit to the Institute of Contemporary Art by Diller + Scofidio + Renfro which was our first time seeing the impressive building. Unfortunately we were a day too early and missed the Nick Cave exhibit, but the building itself was enough for two architects away from their kids for a day.

It was an honor to be recognized by our peers for design achievement for New Settlement Community Campus.two-images

Gala photos by Ben Gebo, www.bengebo.com

New Settlement Community Campus is Honored with Awards

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As the school year commences, we are proud to announce that New Settlement Community Campus, designed in partnership with Dattner Architects for Settlement Housing Fund and the NYCSCA, has recently received several awards:

Boston Society of Architects – Educational Facilities Awards

Society of American Registered Architects, National Council – Award Level TBD

Society of American Registered Architects, New York Council – Award of Honor

Society of American Registered Architects, Pennsylvania Council – Award Level TBD

Brick in Architecture Award – Best in Class for Educational Facility

We are thrilled that this project has been recognized by our larger architectural community. We wish the schools another wonderful school year; we applaud New Settlement for their extensive programming that allows the building to buzz with life.

Above, Jeff Dugan, AIA, Principal, of Dattner and Andrew Knox, AIA, Partner, of ESKW/A, enjoy dessert at the SARA NY Awards gala.

NSCC wins SARA New York Award

We are proud to announce that New Settlement Community Campus, a school and community center in the Bronx, has won a Society of American Registered Architects Award of Honor through their 2013 Celebration of Architecture and Design Program.

Congratulations to our co-architects, Dattner Architects, and the entire team. See the other winners here.