Sustainable and affordable housing is a critical part of our practice. For more than two decades the firm has engaged in educating the public and increasing awareness on this essential type of housing. The firm is pleased to present two current sustainable and affordable housing projects in the East Village community. The project team includes the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board and a developer partner BFC Partners and SMJ Development.
544 East 13th Street is a gut renovation project in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York. Our design team often engages in a participatory design process with the existing tenants, many of whom had lived in their spaces for more than 20 years. The firm with developer partner BFC Partners and SMJ Development the firm is incorporating Passive House design techniques. Currently the firm is preparing the building's air tight construction with improved insulation and windows have arrived and to be installed soon.