Serviam Heights combines and connects a large new construction with the adaptive reuse of a chapel and convent on the campus of Mount Saint Ursula. It bring 187 units of affordable, independent, senior apartments to the Bronx.
The expansive sloped site provided opportunities for multiple terraced outdoor areas for seniors to garden, exercise, barbecue and gather.
With this project OCV introduces a three-building complex that provides 76 units of highly efficient, affordable one to three-bedroom apartments designed to Passive House standards.
The project combines the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the Our Lady of Lourdes convent with two new buildings, each meeting the low energy use standards of Passive House as well as producing its own energy through a rooftop PV panel system.
Sitting at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, this new construction was recreated to resemble the Landmarked 19th century warehouse that occupied this Fulton Ferry Historic District site.
The NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission-approved historic facade was rebuilt while a conversion added a three-story stacked addition to the rear of the building, making room for 13, 2+ bedroom luxury condos with spacious terraces.
The Cornerstone Residence is the site of a 104,000 s.f., seven contiguous building, historic complex within the resurging city center of Newburgh, NY. OCV’s challenge here was the successful integration of a vast mixed-use program, including supportive housing, 12 artist’s lofts with adjacent studio space, a theater, and retail and commercial spaces, into a cohesive development within the city’s historic context.
In 2007, the Cornerstone was awarded ‘Outstanding Residence of the Year’ by the Supportive Housing Network of New York.
The rehabilitation that created Anna Gonzalez Apartments transformed an abandoned four-story furniture warehouse and joined it to a five-story new construction addition, creating 99 units of affordable and supportive housing for low-income and formerly homeless individuals exiting the City’s shelter system.
The project was created in large part to meet the needs of those requiring ongoing supportive services, such as in the case of mental illness, chemical addiction or HIV/AIDS, and includes ground floor commercial space, on-site case management, community rooms, and a back patio and garden.
Serviam Gardens blends new construction with the renovation and adaptive reuse of an existing convent on the campus of Mount Saint Ursula to bring affordable, independent, senior living to the Bronx.
As part of the Green Communities Program, Serviam Gardens was designed with built-in sustainability, such as surface water management, water conservation, energy efficiency and a healthy living environment.
In 2012 it received an Honor Award in Collaborative Design from the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.