Decatur Street Townhouse

This single-family Stuyvesant Heights townhouse received a complete overhaul and conversion to three apartments. As part of the work OCV outfitted apartments with an open kitchen-living room, two or three bedrooms, and 1.5 bathrooms in each unit.

Other features include:
– Silestone countertops, stainless steel Energy Star appliances and efficient fixtures
– exposed brick fireplaces as accents walls
– in-unit washers and dryers
– skylit upper unit

Ocean Bay Apartments

Ocean Bay Apartments received a $125 million tenant-in-occupancy rehabilitation under the NYCHA RAD program. This extensive public housing development in Far Rockaway was severely flooded during Superstorm Sandy in 2012. As a result and due to its location between the Atlantic Ocean and Jamaica Bay, resiliency design represented a major component of the work.

Necessary measures to secure the complex in the event of another storm included:

– high efficency hydronic boiler plants
– emergency generators
– new elevated electric switch gear buildings
– new rooftops equipped with solar panels
– gas pipe replacement
– flood gates and berms throughout the site
– landscaping with native seaside plants

Serviam Heights

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.

Lee Goodwin Residence

OCV rehabilitated and reconfigured the 41 units at Lee Goodwin Residence into 60 studio and one bedroom supportive housing apartments. The resulting conversion created units with en suite bathrooms and kitchens.

Among the special features of this Enterprise Green Communities project are:
– new floor to ceiling fenestration at the community room
– skylit support office foyer with built in reception
– a transformed back alley with outdoor seating and planters

Brooklyn Avenue Historic Rehabilitation

OCV was tasked with a substantial structural, mechanical and architectural rehabilitation of this historic residence on Brooklyn Avenue.

Part of the work saw the historic restoration ushered through NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission approval. As a result this beautiful building was restored to its original condition.

Our Lady of Lourdes Apartments

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.

Rustin House

The Rustin House on Manhattan’s Upper West Side was originally built around 1910 and named St. Louis Hall. OCV was brought in to execute a complex, phased rehabilitation project with tenants in place.

The work addressed the need to both expand and reconfigure, as well as renovate the existing SRO building.

West 118th Street

For this supportive housing project on West 118th Street OCV transformed a patchwork of tenements into one stately building serving homeless women and children.

The project expanded and united three combined, contiguous, buildings under a 6th floor mansard. The addition of a new passenger elevator and a second fire egress allowed for the removal of unsightly fire escapes on the facade.

St. Nicholas Avenue Rehab

As part of a portfolio of five rehabs in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, this historic 42-unit building on St. Nicholas Avenue underwent an Enterprise Green Communities rehabilitation.

Creston Avenue Rehabs

With this tenant-in-place rehabilitation OVC transformed four severely distressed buildings in the Bronx into high quality affordable housing.  The work involved both exterior and interior renovation, repair and restoration, including new boilers and heat distribution systems along with new plumbing and electrical rewiring for code compliance.

Apartments and interiors were refreshed with new fixtures, finishes, kitchen appliances and cabinets, and window and door replacements throughout.

See video about the project.