Claremont Preparatory School

This project entailed the restoration and conversion of a former Lee, Higginson and Company Bank headquarters in the heart of New York’s financial district into a school for 1,000 students grades K-8. Original Neoclassical details were faithfully restored and highlights include a new Olympic length swimming pool and regulation-size rooftop gym and outdoor playground.

In 2006, the New York State Historic Preservation Office awarded OCV with the Private Sector Achievement Award for this project.

The International Preschools

Located on the ground floor of a residential building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, this project saw the adaptation of a bank facility into a branch of The International Preschools.

Functional open spaces facilitate learning and cross classroom exchange and interior glazing brings natural light into the inner corridors, creating a visual connection to the energy inside classrooms.

Expeditors International

This project involved the conversion of an existing prefab storage structure into a two-level regional headquarters for the supply chain management company Expeditors International.

Additional site remediation and rebuilding of the bulkhead along the bay were achieved through a series of settling ponds with native plantings that naturally filter stormwater discharge.

BronxWorks Offices

As part of a total rebranding of Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) into BronxWorks, OCV transformed the site at 60 East Tremont Ave in the Bronx from an abandoned single-story funeral parlor to a two-story administrative office of this Bronx-based community organization.

Sustainable features include an abundance of natural light, energy efficient lighting, no VOC paints and reuse of the original structure.