Friends Seminary - Townhouse Addition |
Levien & Company was tasked to oversee a complex, multi-phase project spanning from 2006 to 2020 for this 220 year-old Quaker school in New York City. The most recent project, which is scheduled to be completed in early 2020 and is located in a landmarked district, will integrate three recently acquired townhouses into the existing campus, restoring their façades and rebuilding everything else. They will be linked to the adjacent Hunter Hall for full ADA compliance and a two-story addition will top all four buildings. This $70 million project will have approximately 20,000 SF of new space and 36,000 SF of renovated space. Friends Seminary desired a sustainability benchmark against which to identify their commitments to the community and environment. Due to the nature of the project- existing buildings merging with new, it was not a candidate for LEED Schools. Levien helped Friends research benchmarking programs and the school elected to be verified under CHPS – the Collaborative for High Performance Schools. They will be the first school in the northeastern US to be awarded this verification. The school also strongly desired that their staff and students not have to relocate off campus during construction. Levien worked with the architect to perform programming analysis and cost studies to keep the school community on-site. As a result, the project is being constructed in phases. The first phase was completed in Summer 2016. It included the modernization of Hunter Hall and the completion of its two new stories. These new stories are being used as a swing space while the Townhouses are being rebuilt.