This holiday season, we have been working with Women in Need (WIN), an organization that provides critical services to women and children in New York City. We’re thrilled to share that this year’s program was a tremendous success. Altogether, our Outreach Team delivered 40 gift packages to the organization. Thanks to all who generously contributed to this year’s holiday initiative!
We’re excited to share that The Public Theater has announced plans to revitalize Central Park’s 56-year old Delacorte Theater, home to The Public’s acclaimed Free Shakespeare in the Park productions and Public Works program. The project aim is to expand access to the summer programs, not by adding seats to the theater or expanding the theater’s footprint but by adding additional free performances into each season, while also addressing ongoing infrastructural and accessibility challenges that have arisen as the theater has aged and endured years of harsh weather.
Zubatkin is working with The Public, the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) Architects, and the project team on the development of the strategic planning and program. The firm will subsequently be responsible for managing the design, approvals and construction of the project. Read more in the NYTimes.
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It is our pleasure to announce the promotion of Emily Cramer to Project Manager! Emily is being recognized for consistently demonstrating a strong work ethic and a commitment to excellence, and going above and beyond in meeting and exceeding the needs of our clients. Please join us in congratulating Emily on her well-deserved promotion!
On August 14th, Suzanne Musho will serve as the Marmomac Delagate Juror for the Natural Stone Institute’s Pinnacle Awards competition. These highly-coveted awards are given to projects whose creativity and craftsmanship illustrate professional mastery in the use of natural stone in commercial and residential projects. The Grand Pinnacle Award winner, considered “best-in-show” among all Pinnacle Award winners, will be invited to Marmomac, the leading global event for the natural stone industry. The competition on August 14th will be held in Oberlin, Ohio, at the Natural Stone Institute Headquarters. Find about more about the Pinnacle Awards on the Natural Stone Institute’s website.
Our Outreach Team recently prepared and donated twenty-eight backpacks for Project First Day, an annual initiative that helps prepare thousands of children who live in New York City’s shelter system for their first day of school. Project First Day takes care of all the “little things” like school supplies, a backpack, and an outfit to make sure every student starts off the school year right. Our team is very grateful to give back to our community through this vital initiative. Learn more about Project First Day here.
The Albright-Knox Gallery released a preliminary schematic design for a new work of signature architecture on the north side of its historic campus. Designed by OMA/Shohei Shigematsu, the $155M project will add gallery space for displaying special exhibitions and the museum’s world-renowned collection. The plans also call for the development of a new green plaza, the creation of an education wing, and other site improvements throughout the campus.
Zubatkin has been working with the Albright-Knox on the development of the project implementation strategy and management of the design and approvals. Read more about the latest AK360 news on the museum’s website and in The Buffalo News.
Image: Northeast view from Elmwood Avenue
The New York City Public Design Commission and Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced the 11 projects selected as winners of their 2018 Awards for Excellence in Design. Named among the winners was the Studio Museum in Harlem designed by Adjaye Associates and Cooper Robertson. The 2018 awards recognized projects which responded to the de Blasio Administration’s commitment to providing an “equitable, resilient, and diverse city for all New Yorkers.” Congratulations to the Studio Museum in Harlem on this stellar award! See all of the projects on archdaily.com.
The recently completed Hayes Theater was recently featured in the Architectural Record. “Designed in 1912 to feel like a salon, with 299 seats and windows at the back, the Hayes Theater is, after enlargements, still the smallest Broadway house at about 600 seats.” Zubatkin was engaged by Second Stage Theater on the planning and implementation of the complete theater renovation. The scope included a complete interior renovation as well as the installation of new restrooms, an elevator, and insulated glazing, plus HVAC, electrical, fire-safety, and rigging systems. Additionally, the lower lobby and historic entrance were restored and updated to match the contemporary design. We are proud to have assisted in the transformation of this historic theater. Congratulations to the entire team!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child premiered last night at the newly renovated Lyric Theatre on Broadway. In partnership with Ambassador Theatre Group, Zubatkin assisted in the planning and implementation of this historic renovation project. The New York Times writes, “Cursed Child, which has a deeply symbiotic cast of 40, shimmers with beguiling richness, but you’re never conscious of its seams or the effort that’s gone into the making of it. This effect is evident as soon as you step into the lobby of the Lyric Theater, which has been transformed from a too big, ungainly show barn into a cozy yet sumptuously appointed environment that seems to have been exactly as it is for many, many years.” We are proud to have played a part in completing this tremendous project. Congratulations to the entire team!
On April 13th, Susan Wallace spoke at the Rooftops Conference, an annual symposium focused on the role of real estate for the not-for-profit sector. In a breakout session entitled “A Matter of Trust,” Susan and a panel of esteemed colleagues talked about the roles of owner, architect, contractor, and attorney in the design and construction process. Thank you to New York Law School for hosting this informative and engaging event!
Susan Wallace, Principal, will be speaking at the Rooftops Conference on April 13th, hosted by the New York Law School. The free symposium is focused on the role of real estate for the not-for-profit sector and its impact on the operations, financial performance, and achievement of mission. Susan will be part of a panel discussion from 10:50-12:15 pm, with Michael Phillipou, Bill Gilbane, Rob Rogers, and Ashley Hughes. Entitled “A Matter of Trust,” the breakout session will address some of the typical challenges faced during the construction process and how to build strong relationships that transcend contractual terms. We expect a great turnout and a lively conversation!
The newly restored Hayes Theater, which was purchased and rebuilt by the prestigious off-Broadway company Second Stage Theater (2ST), was featured on NY1’s On Stage as well as in Crain’s New York. The newly renovated theater on West 44th Street provides 2ST with a Broadway location that will enhance visibility for its playwrights and other artists. Zubatkin partnered with 2ST on the strategic planning and implementation of this great project. Get a glimpse inside the theater, hear from the cast of its first production, Lobby Hero, and listen to three of 2ST’s acclaimed playwrights on the importance of the company here.