Serviam Heights is a combination of new construction with adaptive reuse on an expansive sloped site on the campus of Mount Saint Ursula.
The existing convent was reconfigured to provide studio units and the chapel was converted into a community space. Together with a large new construction, the project brings 187 units of affordable, independent, senior apartments to the Bronx.
This project combines the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the Our Lady of Lourdes convent with two new construction buildings. The three-building complex provides 76 units of affordable one to three-bedroom apartments in Brooklyn.
Each building is designed to Passive House standards, which means very low energy consumption and therefore energy costs. In addition to high efficiency throughout, the complex produces its own energy through a rooftop PV panel system.
Sitting at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, the newly constructed Water Street Condominiums were 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. The project created 13 luxury condominiums with spacious terraces and on-site parking.
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. The three-building complex brings 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.