The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture

Archdiocese of New York

Named after the philosopher and former Archbishop of New York Fulton J. Sheen, The Sheen Center is a forum to present the heights and depths of human expression in thought and culture. The venue hosts a variety of events, ranging from lectures and social functions to dance and theater productions.

To realize this project, the Archdiocese of New York converted a 40,000 square foot, Landmarked building that was formerly used as a school and homeless shelter into a new cultural center.  The program includes a 250-seat neoclassical theater, 90-seat black box studio, art gallery, rehearsal studios, administrative offices and living quarters for clergy and visiting scholars.  The project’s design aimed to preserve and restore special aspects of the historic architectural character and details of the original building.

Role + Responsibilities

The Archdiocese of New York has engaged Zubatkin to manage its major capital projects across its entire facilities portfolio. As part of this ongoing relationship, Zubatkin was called on to manage the project implementation strategy, oversee the design and construction, and provide the financial controls, administration and reporting for The Sheen Center project. Key to the success of the project was the coordination and integration of the new infrastructure with the existing historic building. Zubatkin worked with the owner to develop the specific programmatic requirements, including lighting, acoustics and theatrical equipment, required for the operation of the facility. The Zubatkin team also carefully managed the architecture and construction teams to allow the project to move forward to completion. The firm’s In-House Technical Group was instrumental reviewing drawings and resolving technical issues.

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  • Client Archdiocese of New York (ADNY)
  • Location New York, NY
  • Size

    40,000 sf

  • Architect
    • Acheson Doyle Partners Architects
  • Construction Manager
    • Structure Tone