Claremont Prep School

This project entailed the historic restoration and adaptive reuse of a former bank headquarters into a prep school for students grades K-8. The building was once the Lee, Higginson and Company Bank headquarters in the heart of New York’s financial district.

Highlights of its conversion 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

The International Preschools was an adaptation of a former bank facility at the ground floor of a residential building.

Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the preschool’s functional open spaces facilitate learning and cross classroom exchange. Interior glazing brings natural light into the corridors and create a visual connection to the energy inside classrooms.

Included in the design program were a gymnasium, a multi-purpose room, outdoor space, administrative offices, and a reception area.

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

OCV transformed the site at 60 East Tremont Ave from an abandoned single-story funeral parlor to a two-story administrative office for the Bronx-based community organization BronxWorks.

Features that contribute to the sustainability of this project include:
-an abundance of natural light
-energy efficient lighting
-no VOC paints
-reuse of the original structure