UJA-Federation of New York is the central philanthropic and planning organization for New York’s Jewish community, supporting hundreds of organizations both locally and around the world. As one of its centennial initiatives in 2017, the organization launched Upward New York, a comprehensive antipoverty program designed to help individuals and families move from crisis to stability.
The Queens Hub is a multi-service center that supports one of the City’s most vulnerable communities. Delivered in partnership with Commonpoint Queens, the building houses several UJA nonprofit partners and offers a central point to access a variety of essential financial, legal, employment, mental health, counseling, and food distribution resources. The construction involved a full interior and exterior renovation to convert a former bowling alley into a state-of-the-art facility that features classrooms, computer labs, a teaching kitchen, a pantry, and counseling and administration spaces.
Role + Responsibilities
Zubatkin has a longstanding relationship with UJA-Federation of New York and supports the not-for-profit’s in-house team in the management of their capital and real estate projects. For the Queens Hub, Zubatkin was brought in to advise on the overall implementation strategy and to oversee the design, construction, and operational turnover of the facility. The firm’s in-house cost controls team supported the budget management and financial reporting. Integral to the project delivery process was coordination across multiple stakeholders and user groups.
The project successfully opened during the covid pandemic and is expected to serve thousands of people each year.