In this issue:
· Broadway Will Be Green With Envy
· Justice — and a New Office — for All
· Westchester School Adds Classrooms, New Sports Field
· Korea Will Have a Park Dedicated to Taekwondo
Broadway Will Be Green With Envy
The Henry Miller Theater will open its doors to the public in September with a revival of “Bye Bye Birdie.” The theater, which is incorporated into the Cook + Fox-designed Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, is the first newly built Broadway house in more than 20 years, as well as the first to be LEED certified. The approximately 50,000-square-foot, 1,055-seat theater, also designed by the firm, preserves Henry Miller’s vision for a new American theater in its intimate scale and emphasis on the direct relationship between audience and actors. The building’s landmarked 1918 Neo-Georgian façade by Allen, Ingalls & Hoffman was fully restored, and the new theater was constructed behind it. The theater now meets technical requirements of modern Broadway productions, with a fully functional fly-tower, deeper stage, and updated stage lighting. In addition, the theater is structurally separated from office tower above and below to maintain acoustic isolation. The theater was designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, and with its use of sustainable materials, water conservation measures, and energy efficiency, provide the best possible environmental quality for patrons and staff.
Justice — and a New Office — for All
Project management firm Levien & Company has completed a 20,000-square-foot renovation project for The Bronx Defenders, a group of not-for-profit attorneys, social workers, investigators, parent advocates, and support staff. Designer Alta Indleman designed a new office space in what was once a restaurant, including the installation of a spiral staircase and the integration of glass blocks throughout to create better lighting. The lobby features murals painted by elementary school students from nearby P.S. 29, a participant in The Bronx Defenders’ Community Arts Exchange program. The artwork reflects the perspectives of neighborhood youth on the richness and diversity of their community, embodying the long-time motto of the organization’s youth programs: “In defense of justice in our community.” Jack Green & Associates, engineer, and Excel Contracting completed the team.
Westchester School Adds Classrooms, New Sports Field
Construction was recently completed on a new addition to the Tuckahoe Middle and High School in Westchester County, NY. The three-story addition, designed by Peter Gisolfi Associates, blends with the existing building to reflect the structure’s Art Deco exterior. The new interior space and renovations maintain the building’s original stylistic language. The 21,000-square-foot addition contains 10 new classrooms and a lobby entrance with an elevator, and connects to the three wings of the existing building, enclosing two new exterior courtyards. A series of changes to the existing structure aims to clarify the organization of the entire building. Also included in the project is a new sports field with bleacher seating, synthetic turf, a press box, and a sub-surface drainage system to retain storm water on the site.
Korea Will Have a Park Dedicated to Taekwondo
NY-based Samoo Architecture with project lead Samsung C & T and Samoo Architects & Engineers in Seoul, Korea, has won the commission to construct the new Taekwondo Park World Headquarters in Muju, Korea. Located on 570 acres of mature woodlands, natural streams, and valleys, the park and associated building complexes will become a world cultural heritage site emphasizing the spirit, beauty, and sport of Taekwondo. In addition to housing the headquarters of various Taekwondo organizations, the park will contain a sports arena, visitor and exhibition centers, and training and lodging facilities.