The Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI) in Princeton, New Jersey is an independent nonprofit that brings together leading thinkers from around the globe to collaborate on interdisciplinary research initiatives. By convening theologians and scholars in the humanities and sciences, the institution is well positioned to connect research conversations with practitioners and policymakers.
As the result of a Strategic Planning process that aims to strengthen connections with the public and community, CTI embarked on a renovation of Luce Hall located in the Mercer Hill historic district. The project will transform the facility into a state-of-the-art building, increasing collaborative work spaces for visiting scholars, creating more assembly areas for its events, and providing suitable spaces and technology for digital programming and global outreach. The project requires the careful navigation of local Princeton approvals and community relations efforts
Central Queens Academy (“CQA”) is a tuition-free, public middle school. Established in 2012, CQA serves close to 400 scholars of diverse backgrounds from kindergarten through eight grade. The institution’s mission is to prepare each and every student for a college education.
With the goal of creating unified facilities to grow their program, CQA has searched for and reviewed a number of opportunities to work with development partners on the construction of purpose-built facilities for the school in Queens. CQA advanced the programming and design efforts to the Concept Design level and then worked with development partners, who was in turn responsible for completing the design and building out the space according to the institution’s requirements.
New academic and athletic facility at 337 East 64th Street
With the goal of providing additional and enhanced spaces for its Athletics, Ecology and Arts programs within proximity of its core campus, Spence acquired a site and developed a plan to build a new, six-story athletic and ecology center on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The program called for a regulation sized gymnasium, training room, 9 squash courts, lockers rooms, teaching kitchen, student cafe, multi-purpose arts room, ecology classroom and greenhouse. The project involved the navigation of a series of complex public approvals and logistical challenges, as well as coordination with the community and ongoing communications with neighboring property owners.
A professional and graduate school that supports an approximately 360-student community of worship and learning, Princeton Theological Seminary owns and operates multiple campuses in Princeton, West Windsor, and Lawrenceville. Their 70+ buildings support a full spectrum of programs, including academic, residential, religious, administrative, athletic, library, and dining spaces.
To further its mission and provide modern, safe, functional, and attractive facilities, the Seminary embarked on a comprehensive Facilities Conditions Assessment (FCA) to review all existing buildings and supporting infrastructure across its various properties. The final report presented a prioritized, building-by-building assessment of physical conditions, as well as estimated costs for the deferred maintenance and capital improvements identified. As an important real estate and capital planning tool, the FCA represented a critical step in supporting broader strategic initiatives and preparing for upcoming campus master planning work.
To further its mission and advance the goals outlined in its Strategic Plan, the Horace Mann School embarked on the planning and implementation of a variety of academic, health and wellness projects within the existing Middle and Upper Division Campus.
The new Lutnick Hall focuses on providing new, state-of-the-art science research and laboratory spaces, as well as offers new valuable public space for students to gather, collaborate and learn. The program includes a Campus Center, Center for Community Values & Action, student café, “drop and plop” spaces to encourage chance encounters and exchanges, meeting rooms for quiet study, and a great room to accommodate larger meetings. The masonry building also creates a new front door to the North Campus that seamlessly blends with the campus architecture and landscape – improving circulation and functionality, while also addressing broader accessibility goals.
Founded in 1887, Horace Mann School is a preK-12 independent school with a long history of supporting a diverse community of students. As an outcome of a Strategic Plan and Campus Master Planning process, Horace Mann embarked on the planning and implementation of several transformational projects at its 18-acre Middle and Upper Division campus, including:
- A New Science and Campus Center at Lutnick Hall that features chemistry, biology, and physics labs, informal collaboration spaces, classrooms, and offices. The new Campus Center provides dedicated space for student activities, lounge areas, a great room for meeting and collaboration, and quiet rooms for independent or group study.
- The Loria Family Aquatic Center, a new facility that houses an eight-lane competition pool that accommodates water polo, swimming, and youth instruction and includes a 150-person observation deck.
- Restoration and Renovation of Prettyman Hall to accommodate a broader range of athletic activities and support campus wellness initiatives. The renovation included the restoration of the exterior masonry, enhancements to the gymnasiums and locker rooms, and new mechanical systems. The project also includes the adaptive reuse of the former pool area into a new fitness center. The adjoining Friedman Hall creates an atrium to welcome visitors and improves campus accessibility.
- The Renovation of Pforzheimer Hall features improved middle school science facilities, faculty support spaces, and classrooms.
The projects faced a series of complex phasing and logistical challenges that required careful planning to allow the school to maintain day-to-day operations and safety during construction. Located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, the work also demanded the navigation of the twelve-month zoning authorization in a large-scale community facility development approvals process.
To further its mission and advance the goals outlined in its Strategic Plan, the Horace Mann School implemented a variety of academic, health and wellness projects within the existing Middle and Upper Division Campus. The Campus Athletic Center work encompasses the new Loria Family Aquatics Center, renovation of Prettyman Hall, and new Friedman Hall.
New Loria Family Aquatics Center
The Loria Family Aquatics Center features an eight-lane competition pool that accommodates water polo, swimming, and youth instruction. The program also includes new locker rooms and a 150-person observation deck.
Prettyman Hall Renovation & New Friedman Hall
The restoration and renovation of Prettyman Hall expand athletic offerings and support campus wellness initiatives. The renovation included a new fitness center, lower level gymnasium, minor modifications to the upper gymnasium, renovation of locker rooms and new mechanical systems. The adjoining Friedman Hall creates an atrium lobby to welcome visitors and improves campus accessibility.
Founded in 1960, Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School (LuHi) is a private Christian college-preparatory school serving students in grades 6 through 12 at a historic, 32-acre campus. In an effort to strategically review their priorities for the future, LuHi embarked on several campus planning initiatives to further align the campus’s physical environment with the School’s core mission, programmatic goals, and identity.
The planning effort began with a high-level review of LuHi’s existing campus facilities to develop a baseline understanding of the key opportunities and constraints. Through a series of workshops with its community of administrators, faculty, alumni, students and parents, the School subsequently developed a new Strategic Plan and Campus Master Plan. The resulting goals include:
- Re-imagining academic classrooms as flexible, modern learning spaces;
- Elevating STEM and Arts programs;
- Building upon a strong athletics program;
- Identifying sustainability strategies;
- Improving landscape connectivity by enhancing circulation, wayfinding, site safety and security.