From all of us at Edelman Sultan Knox Wood / Architects, Happy Holidays and Have a Great New Year!
As the weather is finally catching up to the season this week, we’re looking back fondly at what was a relatively balmy holiday celebration here in NYC.
Our office took some time out to share a meal together at Pepolino Restaurant, where we enjoyed a hard-earned break and engaged in some cut-throat holiday gift trading.
The good food, drink, and laughs revived us in time to hit the ground running in 2016, for what promises to be another busy year, with plenty of laughs to temper our hard work.
Many thanks to Marcella and Francisco for the photography work.
It’s been a busy year for us at Edelman Sultan Knox Wood / Architects! We broke ground on several projects, renovated our office, received some awards, completed a few projects, and gained two new team members.
In short, it seems like an appropriate time for a highlight reel of 2015.
ESKW/A’s second project for Hour Children, Hour Apartment House III, was completed in 2014 and was well-received by the Brick Industry Association this year. It was gratifying for the project team, headed up by Fialka, to see their attention to brick detailing garner this recognition.
4380 Bronx Boulevard also received a Boston Society of Architects Award and a Silver Medal of Honor from the Society of American Registered Architects, while New Settlement Community Campus collected an Excellence Award from the Center for Active Design.
With much celebration, especially from True Colors’ exuberant patron Cyndi Lauper, our second project for West End Residences was completed in September. The 7-story supportive housing building offers 30 efficiency apartments to formerly homeless LGBT youths. Read more here.
Following the topping out ceremony earlier this year, ESKW/A toured the WCS’s Ocean Wonders: Sharks! at the NY Aquarium construction site and enjoyed one of the last summer days by the ocean in Coney Island. Project team Cary, Carlos, Martin, Michael, and Fialka gave a detailed behind the scenes look at the project. ESKW/A are Architects of Record for the new Sharks! exhibition building, which is anticipated to open in 2017.
Much of our staff was also busy this past fall celebrating exciting developments in several other large projects, as these three new buildings kicked into the construction phase. Be sure to check back on the blog and our website this year as we continue to post progress photos.
After more than 10 years in our space at 100 Lafayette, and with a growing number of employees to seat, the ESKW/A offices recently underwent a transformation.
We opened up the space by removing the low partitions dividing our stations, and installed a continuous work surface. The new U-shaped desktops with shared side tables allow for easier collaboration — not to mention increased elbow and breathing room.
Partners Randy Wood and Andrew Knox have always preferred spacial equality in the workplace and an open office design to foster sharing of information. Our open plan has proven itself over the past decade as a bright and airy use of our high-ceilinged corner suite, maximizing the natural light from our windows looking out on Chinatown and NYC.
ESKW/A also grew by 2 persons this year. We were happy to welcome Carlos and Andrea to the team! Carlos is working on Ocean Wonders: Sharks!, and Andrea is managing our Site 7 project for Clinton Housing Development Company and is part of the team working a new school addition for the NYCSCA.
One of our seasonal traditions here at ESKW/A is the annual holiday gift donation drive. Headed up by illustrious office manager Lauretta daCruz, we collected donations from the office, shopped for gifts, wrapped ’em up, and hand delivered to students at Explore Charter School in Brooklyn. A school social worker and high school placement coordinator identified families who could use some additional cheer this holiday season. The guardians were contacted, and the kids provide a wish list. Each child received special gifts selected just for them off of their list.
We had a lovely haul this year, and we’re grateful to everyone who participated. Happy Holidays to all!
We’re really getting into the gory spirit this year.
The office fridge is fully stocked with spooky delicacies (see left), and we’re planning a Great Pumpkin carving and pumpkin ale tasting for this afternoon.
Afterwards will be a scary silent film streaming, for which we’ll sample a few different early cinema classics such as Nosferatu (1922), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920), and The Golem (1915).
Check back next week to see the fruits of our labor, or better yet, stop in and give us a hand – or just a couple of fingers.
ESKW/A was happy to put down our pens and wrench away from our workstations for a few minutes yesterday to enjoy a delicious and festive home cooked meal. Our annual pot luck was a scrumptious hit, and we joyfully patted each other on the back for being fabulous cooks as well as talented architects. It’s important to be well-rounded, and we’re all feeling significantly ’rounder’ indeed.