Browning Hosts Topping Off Ceremony for its New Upper School

Browning Hosts Topping Off Ceremony for its New Upper School

The Browning School’s Campaign Co-Chairs celebrated a milestone last week with the Topping Off Ceremony, a time-honored construction tradition that marks the placement of the building’s highest structural element.

The new Upper School will partially open in spring 2025, with full completion by the 2025-2026 school year. Learn more about 337 East 64th Street at browning.edu/expansion.

Pioneering Sustainable Innovation at Packer Collegiate’s Garden House

Pioneering Sustainable Innovation at Packer Collegiate’s Garden House

Last week, our team was thrilled to witness firsthand the progress of construction for the Garden House at Packer Collegiate. We joined Noah Howard, Agata Vetter and our partners from BLDG Works, who provided valuable insights into the innovative use of mass timber.

At the forefront of sustainability, the building employs a state-of-the-art Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) framework. Set to open in fall 2025, this facility will serve as the new home for the Lower School, enhancing Packer’s commitment to providing exceptional educational environments and setting new benchmarks in eco-friendly construction.

The renovation of the Garden area, also scheduled to open this fall, will offer a revitalized space for both play and learning. We are proud to be a part of this community-driven project, advancing the frontier in sustainable building practices alongside a remarkable team.

2023 ELT Award Recipients: Andrew Bast and Lisa Brands

2023 ELT Award Recipients: Andrew Bast and Lisa Brands

In its fourth year, the Erica Lindenbaum Tishman Award is presented annually to a person who demonstrates exceptional leadership skills, an interest in mentorship and developing peers, a passion for resolving a particular challenge, empathy towards others, and a commitment to community service. After careful review of many nominations, we are pleased to announce Andrew Bast and Lisa Brands as the recipients of this year’s Award.

Please join us in congratulating Andy and Lisa!

To learn more about this important recognition and program, please visit the Erica Lindenbaum Tishman Award page.

Zubatkin Celebrates New York’s Design & Architecture Community

Zubatkin Celebrates New York’s Design & Architecture Community

Zubatkin, a division of Cumming Group, joined colleagues in supporting innovative design and architecture at this year’s AIANY Honors and Awards Luncheon. Congratulations to Zubatkin collaborator Studio Gang for the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation, and to Cumming Group’s collaborator Pei Cobb Freed & Partners for the International African American Museum. And a special congrats to Architecture in Media Award Honoree Madame Architect for which our very own Kate Reggev is the historical columnist.

Kudos to the award winners and honorees!

Julie Geden to Serve as Panelist for Tannenbaum Helpern’s Construction Law Webinar

Julie Geden to Serve as Panelist for Tannenbaum Helpern’s Construction Law Webinar

Next week, Julie Geden, Senior Principal at Zubatkin will join Tannenbaum Helpern Construction & Design attorneys Kenneth Block and Hillel Sussman for a session on “Assessing the Default and Termination of a Construction Manager”.

The panel will offer practical advice for owners who are navigating challenges with their construction partner. This will include examining the steps an Owner should consider to avoid default, discussing mitigation options, and reviewing the process for termination if it is deemed necessary.

Join us on Wednesday, April 17th at 12:00pm (EST) by registering for this interactive webinar.

 

NYIT Unveils Modernized Engineering Labs for NYC Campus

NYIT Unveils Modernized Engineering Labs for NYC Campus

We are thrilled to share an incredible milestone for the New York Tech community! On March 26th, we celebrated the opening of the newly renovated College of Engineering and Computing Sciences laboratories on NYIT’s New York City campus.

The state-of-the-art laboratories, equipped with advanced benchtop lab instruments and updated life safety systems, will enhance the resources available to advance NYIT’s research programs. The renewed facilities provide a hands-on, innovative experience for students and faculty advancing degrees in the fields of electrical, computer, and electronics engineering.

Zubatkin was proud to partner with NYIT, WJ Regan & Company, and H2M architects + engineers on the planning and delivery of this project. For more details, check out the press release.

Zubatkin and Cumming Group Tour the Studio Museum in Harlem

Zubatkin and Cumming Group Tour the Studio Museum in Harlem

Last month, we had the pleasure of hosting an all-female group of professionals for an exclusive hard hat tour of the Studio Museum in Harlem project. Organized by Zubatkin in collaboration with the Women of Cumming Group (WoCC), the tour highlighted some of the incredible work that has been going on behind the scenes to build a new cultural facility in the heart of Harlem.  Delivered as a public-private partnership, the building is designed to express the character of the community, while advancing the institution’s global role in developing innovative and impactful exhibitions and programs.

The Studio Museum holds a profound significance as a premier center for contemporary artists of African descent and a vital cultural institution in the heart of Harlem. Our team at Zubatkin has been a partner to the Museum throughout the planning, design, approvals, and construction of the project.  A huge thank you to everyone who joined us for this unique experience!

Kathleen Farewell Serves as Panelist for Dattner Architect’s Women in Construction Panel

Kathleen Farewell Serves as Panelist for Dattner Architect’s Women in Construction Panel

Earlier this week and in celebration of Women’s History Month, Kathleen Farewell, PE, joined a panel discussion hosted by Dattner Women+ centering women in the construction industry. Moderated by Deniz Secilmis and Tara Marandino, the conversation focused on each woman’s experiences working in their various roles in construction, their own professional journeys, challenges they face, and the development of the next generation of women in the design and construction field. Kate was joined on the panel by Carolyn Caranante, AIA, Senior Project Manager at AECOM Tishman and lecturer in Construction Administration at Columbia University, and Sarah Rosenblatt, AIA, Conservator at Integrated Conservation (ICR-ICC).

Celebrating Women in Construction Week

As part of Women in Construction Week, we wanted to celebrate the incredible work of the accomplished women who are part of the Zubatkin team. Our organization is made up of approximately two-thirds women – a rarity for the construction industry and a stat of which we are particularly proud. Please join us in celebrating our talented colleagues!

2024’s Women in Construction theme of “Keys to the Future” celebrates the strength and knowledge of women and the vital role they play in shaping the future of the construction industry. Learn more about how professionals from across the country are promoting awareness of this special week https://wicweek.org/

 

Zubatkin Sponsors MAAM’s Building Museums Symposium 2024

Zubatkin Sponsors MAAM’s Building Museums Symposium 2024

Zubatkin Owner Representation, A Cumming Group Company, is a proud sponsor of the MAAM Building Museums Symposium! The Building Museums conference brings together museum colleagues, design and construction professionals, and other consulting partners to discuss strategies and best practices for the successful planning and implementation of museum building projects. Learn more via the MAAM Building Museums website.

We hope you’ll join us in Philadelphia, where Andrew Bast will be speaking during the March 7th afternoon plenary session. Led by Amy Weisser of the Storm King Arts Center, the panel will discuss strategies for effectively advancing an institution’s mission throughout the capital project planning and delivery process. In addition, Zubatkin’s Cumming Group colleague Etienne Nel will be sharing expertise on budget development and cost management during the Ready Aim Build! Workshop on March 6th.

Zubatkin Celebrates the Opening of Brooklyn Museum’s New Toby Devan Lewis Education Center

Zubatkin Celebrates the Opening of Brooklyn Museum’s New Toby Devan Lewis Education Center

This past weekend, members of our Zubatkin team were joined by their families in celebrating the opening of the new Toby Devan Lewis Education Center at the Brooklyn Museum. The newly renovated gallery includes exhibit space for family-friendly installations, and three new studios that encourage visitors in art-making and creative expression, with room to host classes for visitors of all ages.

Zubatkin continues to provide project management services to the Museum, representing its interests throughout the capital planning process. We are honored to work alongside the Museum’s in-house team, including Director Anne Pasternak, President & COO KP Trueblood, Deputy Director for Art Sharon Matt Atkins, and Museum Architect Ken Kurtz, as well as collaborators Stephen Yablon, Sam Anderson, AYON Studio Architecture • Preservation, P.C., and Gilbane New York-New Jersey. We applaud this significant milestone!

Zubatkin Joins Cumming Group

Zubatkin Joins Cumming Group

Zubatkin Owner Representation is pleased to announce its merger with Cumming Group. Zubatkin will expand Cumming Group’s NYC headquarters headcount to more than 200 team members, while also growing the firm’s presence in Florida. Zubatkin’s experience in the institutional sector will enhance Cumming Group’s ability to serve the cultural and educational markets in the United States and Europe.

Our team is excited about this next chapter in our firm’s history! With the benefit of the additional resources and enhanced service offerings that come through this partnership, we have a solid foundation for a very successful future.  We look forward to our continued commitment to excellence in serving clients across the East Coast. Read more.

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