Council on Foreign Relations

The Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank and publisher.  Founded in 1921, the institution is dedicated to increasing America’s understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy.

The Council on Foreign Relations embarked on a major renovation and expansion of its New York headquarters, located in the landmarked Harold Pratt House on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.  The program involved the reorganization of its interconnected campus of five historic buildings to improve the circulation and functional use of space.  The project also featured the creation of a state-of-the-art conferencing facility with video-conferencing capabilities that link the Council on Foreign Relation’s headquarters with collaborators across the globe. The facility hosts over 250 events annually, ranging from panel discussions and lectures to town hall meetings and film screenings.

Role + Responsibilities

Crucial to the implementation of the program was conceiving the right logistics and phasing plan for the project that would allow the Council on Foreign Relations to maintain ongoing operations during construction. Zubatkin was engaged to assist in the management of the design, approvals, neighbor relations and construction of the project. The Zubatkin team also provided the financial controls, administration and reporting. The firm’s In-House Technical Group assisted in the review of drawings, project logistics and phasing alternates. Zubatkin continues to work with the Council on Foreign Relations on an ongoing basis.

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  • Client Council on Foreign Relations
  • Location New York, NY
  • Size

    10,000 sf

  • Architect
    • Byron Bell Architects and Planners
  • Construction Manager
    • York Hunter Construction Services