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Hudson’s New Front Yards
Courtesy Nelson Byrd Woltz

The dusty rail yards and blocks of barren concrete on Manhattan’s far west side are beginning to be transformed into the office, retail, residential, and cultural mega-development called Hudson Yards. At its center will be a new civic square designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBWLA). The firm is also designing the six acres of streetscapes for the project.

Hudson Yards will connect with three other significant landscapes: The High Line at the south, Hudson River Park to the west, and new Hudson Boulevard, which is being designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh, to the north. For NBWLA principal Thomas Woltz, the meandering nature of the High Line and Hudson Boulevard and the linearity of the Hudson River Park called for a large-scale gathering place within Hudson Yards, which would become a destination and defining feature for this tabula rasa neighborhood. “One of the goals is to connect to these landscapes fluidly but distinctly,” Woltz said. “The urban plaza should be a kind of sitting room for the entire west side. It should be a place for spectacle, large groups, small groups, and individuals.”


Though the design is still evolving, Woltz and the developers, Related and Oxford Properties Group, are planning a six-acre plaza ringed with trees, a water feature, and a large central artwork. Woltz intends to use innovative horticulture as a major formal feature of the plaza, including large stands of clipped native trees, and seasonally timed plantings to draw visitors and New Yorkers. “That could be a massive bulb display for Fashion Week,” Woltz said. “We want the horticulture to be something people come to see throughout the year.”

For the landscape architects, creating intimate spaces under the canopies will also give the space a human scale, something they feel is crucial given the great height of the adjacent skyscrapers. “It will create a soft ceiling,” Woltz said. Café chairs and tables on crushed stone will populate the ground beneath the monolithic tree canopies. The plaza will be a privately owned public space, so it should be highly maintained. “Related has made a commitment to create a great public space for New York over the long term. Too often maintenance is overlooked,” he said.

For the streetscapes, Woltz is looking at European models where sidewalks flow seamlessly into streets without curbs and bollards to protect pedestrians.

Though NBWLA has a national reputation built on dozens of award winning projects, Hudson Yards is by far the firm’s most prominent commission in New York to date. For Woltz, working on a landscape of this scale and civic impact is nothing less than “career-defining,” he said.

“The open spaces in Hudson Yards are our greatest honor and obligation to the city. This will be our legacy for all New Yorkers to enjoy,” wrote Jay Cross, president of Related Hudson Yards, in an email. As with LA’s new Grand Park, which Related helped develop and will maintain as a part of their massive Grand Avenue Project, the developers see high quality public space as a major amenity for real estate development.

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The Gatekeepers
At the United 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Paul Murdoch Associatess design includes a wall inscribed with the names of victims.
Eric Staudenmaier Photography

Whether a high-profile memorial or small museum addition, institutions have become increasingly cautious when it comes time to identify the right architect for the job. Stepping in to guide and shape the process is an expanding corps of elite advisors. Jonathan Lerner profiles today’s top consultants and finds out what an architect needs to do to catch their eye—and get the job.

Choosing the design for a major commission is complicated under the best of circumstances: Emotions run high, costs can spiral, stakeholders proliferate, and that’s all before the public weighs in.

When the curving walkway and wind-chime tower of Paul Murdoch Architects’ plan for the Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania was revealed in 2005 following a competition that attracted over 1,000 entries by both professionals and amateurs, it was rabidly denounced as an Islamic crescent and minaret. In his current proposal for the Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C., Frank Gehry’s 80-foot-high metal tapestries, with imagery best viewed from passing cars, are provoking similarly intense outrage. Negative public response—here focusing on the opacity of the process that zeroed in on Gehry, arguably the world’s most renowned architect, from an invitation-only list of just 44 contenders—is just one hazard a choice of design and designer can pose. No wonder those who commission architects often look for help to guide the selection process.

Increasingly, it is specialized consultants who help clients—and architects—navigate the selection process. These facilitators may be little known, and often keep themselves deliberately in the background, but they play a significant role in directing, and even shaping, many large commissions. What do these gatekeepers say about the choices that arise, the contributions they make, and what you have to do to be in the running?

The entry gate to the United 93 Memorial site.

Though many are trained architects, they tend to have pursued careers as academics, editors or writers instead and are among the usual suspects on prize and commission juries. Thus they gain familiarity with many practitioners. That’s certainly true of Reed Kroloff, former editor-in-chief of Architecture magazine, principal of Jones/ Kroloff Design Services and director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He sees his consultant role as helping “ensure that better architecture results,” and helping clients “learn about architects, planners, landscape architects, and designers that they might not know about.” His typical engagement with a client runs from program development to selection of the designer.

Karen Stein, whose primary experience is as a writer and editor, prefers to stay with a project longer. “It’s not just about anointing someone, although who designs the project is a central decision. It’s also about understanding what the client’s responsibilities are and how the process will unfold.” She defines herself as “an advocate that makes sure that dialogue is as constructive as possible.”

A central issue consultants advise on is the type of search. Kroloff said, “Some clients are working on projects that are very much in the public arena, some very much not. There are different strategies for each type. An open competition is more appropriate for large-scale public projects.” The openness can help elicit public buy-in, and raise a project’s profile, becoming a marketing tool for the institution and its new building, explained Kroloff. “But you can have a competition between two or three people for a private commission. We would never urge one methodology over another without first assessing with the client their goals and intentions.”

The controversial Eisenhower Memorial proposal designed by Frank O. Gehry.
Courtesy Frank O. Gehry Architects

Stanley Collyer has a journalism background and has consulted on only a few selections, but has edited Competitions since 1990. He favors open competitions especially for potentially touchy projects like memorials. Those for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Flight 93 Memorial, he said, were “very well run and came out with a good result,” in contrast to the much-disdained selection process used for the Eisenhower Memorial. “Why wouldn't you do everything like that?”

But not all agree. “I worry about the long range effects of the public being too involved in a matter that they’re not equipped to deal with,” countered Bill Lacy, former executive director of the Pritzker Prize, who founded a selection consultancy in 1988 after having overseen many competitions as director of the National Endowment for the Art’s architecture and environmental arts program. He argues that an invited competition with “a jury that’s put together thoughtfully” runs less risk of ending up with a problematic winning design. And he goes further: “I prefer by far the process of going to see the work” with a client who is knowledgeable about design and empowered to make a choice, holding no competition at all. Lacy has been doing just that with the CEO of pharmaceuticals giant Novartis for its campuses in Switzerland and New Jersey, tapping Gehry, Chipperfield, Ando, Koolhaas, and other architects, both famous and less so.

Whether open or invited, “having a design competition can enlighten the client, and present a series of options that might not otherwise have been considered,” Kroloff said. “We try and structure our competitions to help our client understand how the designers are thinking, not so much to find a specific solution for that project.”

Just winning a competition can be a boost for architects, even if the projects are never realized, such as the unbuilt extension of the Weston Performing Art Center in Connecticut by ARO.
Courtesy ARO

Establishing a process that mirrors the core values of the institution is a growing trend. Stein is working with a foundation in Sao Paolo dedicated to showcasing Brazilian arts that needed a museum building. There, the process itself illustrates the client’s mission. They decided to “do the architectural search in a way similar to how the foundation runs itself,” she said. “I spent a lot of time interviewing younger Brazilian architects and then we had an invited competition, and chose a firm that’s not well known.” Andrade Morettin Arquitetos had won numerous ideas and design competitions, but their built portfolio was small, mainly residential with a few institutional projects. Stein’s process also defused a legitimate fear clients can have, that less experienced firms might prove unable to deliver. “That was the advantage of me going in advance to all the offices. You had some confidence that the participants in the competition had the ability to actually do the project,” Stein said.

Vetting candidate firms for the competence to fulfill the commissions is an essential part of the consultant’s job. Donald Stastny, author of the General Service Administration’s Design Excellence Program Guide, has managed major open competitions, including for the Flight 93 Memorial. “We put into the process that after the finalists were selected, if they didn’t have the capacity to complete the project, they would engage a team that did,” he said. Thus Paul Murdoch brought in experienced landscape architect Warren Byrd from Nelson Byrd Woltz for the memorial to develop the concept and give it a more coherent landscape presence. Stastny indicates that qualifications-based selection processes are more appropriate for “very complex projects. You have to have people who can take on that complexity.”

Andrade Morettin Architects’ design for the Instituto Moreira Salles museum in Sao Paulo.
Courtesy Andrade Morettin Architects

The cost to a client of hiring a consultant to run a competition or a search can vary enormously. “There’s no set rate,” said Collyer. “If they’re helping out with the program and the jury and more or less coordinating the competition you’d probably have to start with around $20,000. But for some of these GSA competitions I’m sure it runs into maybe $50,000 or $100,000. Those programs tend to get pretty detailed because they’re so budget conscious.”

Can younger and smaller firms get considered for invited competitions or qualifications-based searches? Several consultants suggest that, when restricting searches to boldface-name firms, clients may shortchange themselves; the work may be handed off to second-tier teams while the principals handle sexier projects.

David Resnicow, principal of Resnicow Schroeder, which consults mainly with arts institutions on strategic planning, is also noticing “greater concern on the part of institutions about hiring a starchitect. A lot of trustees feel that it means having added cost, and dealing with a prima donna. I do see interest in working with younger firms, and in urban context and planning” as opposed to heroic structures. This trend away from grandiosity may get a push forward by the recent University of Chicago report, Set in Stone, which found that many organizations had undertaken expensive, high-profile building projects only to find themselves unable to pay for and sustain them.

“We seek out emerging practices on a regular basis,” said Kroloff, “and bring those forward to clients” when the fit seems promising. He named several once relatively unknown firms he has included in searches, including SHoP and Architecture Research Office (ARO). “We won two projects that [Jones/ Kroloff] ran,” said ARO principal Stephen Cassell. “Neither ended up going forward,” but the resulting attention was a boost, “without question.”

Open, anonymous competitions give smaller firms a chance. But in preparing submissions Stastny urges entrants to consider “a jury walking into a room with 600 entries. You have to have something that’s engaging, that’s easy to get at. A juror may be looking, on his first run-through, only 30 seconds or a minute at each one. A jury will bring it down very quickly to those they understand.”

Unbuilt live-work artist housing by what!worx design collaborative.
Courtesy What!Worx Design Collaborative

“Firms need to find a way to speak about their work that stays away from encoded architectural jargon. Understand your audience. Sell to their needs and interests and in their language,” said Resnicow. “I have found the websites of firms to be overloaded and some even difficult to read—literally read—and navigate.”

“Competitions take a lot of thought and work,” said Stein. “Younger firms who haven’t done it before might not have had the chance to see what works well. But sometimes just experiencing going through the process can be a great advantage.”

Architect Ira Keer, of Minneapolis design collaborative what!worx would concur. They won a design competition for infill housing, along with first crack at negotiating to develop it. It was an open competition, but personal connection played a role: Keer wasn’t aware of it until urged to enter by its managing consultant, a former classmate. Recession—and a tornado that blasted the neighborhood—derailed the project. Still, it brought “quite a bit of notoriety,” including an exhibition and numerous articles.

So being known, or known about, by the gatekeepers is crucial. Although he is constantly on the look out, Kroloff also urges younger firms to approach him cold. “Invite us for a site visit. Send a portfolio,” he suggested. ARO has a high profile now, and “a lot of times we don’t know who puts us on a list,” said Cassell. In the competition’s game, knowing the key players makes all the difference.

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Redesigning the National Mall: Constitution Gardens
[Editor's Note: Following the unveiling of proposals to redesign the National Mall, AN will be running a three-part series to display the proposals for each of the three segments of the Mall: Constitution Gardens, Union Square, and the Washington Monument Grounds.] A 50-acre parcel of the National Mall, Constitution Gardens, lies just north of the Reflecting Pool and east of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Grade changes keep it somewhat hidden from the main stretch of the Mall, and many tourists (and locals) visit the monuments and Smithsonian museums without coming across it. The gardens' focal point is a small lake with an island that visitors can access by footbridge. The National Park Service has struggled with the site's poor soil conditions—the ground was dredged from the Potomac River back in the late 19th century—and with upkeep of the paths and other features. The National Mall Plan of 2010 calls for an "architecturally unique, multipurpose visitor facility, including food service, retail, and restrooms" to be developed at the east end of the lake, as well as a flexible performance space. Andropogon + Bohlin Cywinski Jackson propose a "resilient park landscape...sustained by biologically enhanced soils." Their design includes a Magnolia Bog in part of the current lake area and different edges for the lake (lakeside promenade, wetlands boardwalk, rock outcropping). The team envisions a marketplace along Constitution Avenue. The concept submitted by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architect + Paul Murdoch Architects features a cafe built into the parkland near Constitution Avenue, the ground seemingly tilting up to form its green roof. This scheme also proposes boardwalks, performance seating, and biodiverse plantings. In OLIN + Weiss/Manfredi's plan, distinctive braided pathways curve around and over the water. Interlaced pavilions would house a cafe and a more formal restaurant, as well as a gift shop. Spectators at the outdoor amphitheater would be entertained by performers on a floating barge. Rogers Marvel Architects + Peter Walker and Partners call for a large restaurant/pavilion to face a reflecting basin that would allow ice skating in the winter and model boating in the summer. Paths would be widened and, at the lakeshore, bordered by an aquatic shelf for filtration; connections with other parts of the Mall would be improved. Click on a thumbnail to launch the slideshow. All images courtesy respective firms.
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Shortlisted Teams Reveal a Reimagined National Mall
The Trust for the National Mall, a nonprofit devoted to restoring the heavily used park in the core of Washington, D.C., has released the shortlisted design concepts in its National Mall Design Competition. The 10 teams in the contest's final stage were asked to reimagine three sites on the Mall most in need of repair or improvement: Constitution Gardens, near the Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool; the Washington Monument grounds; and the area around the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial facing the U.S. Capitol's west face. [Editor's Note: AN will be running a three-part series to display the proposals for each of the three segments of the National Mall: Constitution Gardens, Union Square, and the Washington Monument Grounds.] The proposals introduce features that are scarce on the Mall right now, such as ample seating with shade and rich plantings. Ecological restoration is a common priority. Many teams have proposed structures housing restaurants and cafes, bringing commerce to a destination that has shunned it, and a mix of uses to a landscape often viewed as more symbolic than urban. Balmori Associates & Work Architecture Company call for a Figure 8-shaped landform building on the Washington Monument grounds with restaurant, office and performance spaces, and additional outdoor "stages" placed around it. At the same site, Diller Scofidio + Renfro & Hood Design would cut and lift the southern edge to form an undulating natural amphitheater, with arcades tucked beneath it. The designs are on display through the end of the week at two museums on the Mall, the Smithsonian Castle and the National Museum of American History. Public comments are invited on the Trust's website, The winning three concepts will be announced on May 3.
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New Life
Elevated walking paths meander through the new memorial landscape.
Courtesy NBWLA

With a last fundraising push, the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI), a nonprofit group developing 14 miles of waterfront pedestrian access between Newtown Creek and Shore Parkway in Brooklyn, is preparing to develop former cemetery grounds in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard. Over 2,000 marines and naval shipmen, along with their families, were once buried at the site adjacent to the Navy Yard’s hospital, but all remains were relocated to Cypress Hills Cemetery in Queens in the late 1920s. At 1.7 acres, the new Navy Yard Hospital Memorial Landscape is a small but significant piece of the larger redevelopment of the Navy Yard currently underway.

Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation granted BGI the rights to design and maintain the space, and in 2011 BGI selected landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz (NBW) and Rogers Marvel Architects (RMA) to create an outdoor environment that also honored the site’s history. Located along Williamsburg Street West, the site will be accessible to the public through a series of raised wooden walkways that will lead visitors around cement mooring blocks, stones, and native plantings that tie into the historical and material language of the waterfront, according to Vince Lee, project manager at RMA. Stone gabion “mattresses” serve as footings for the walkway, which circumvents the location of former graves located in the center of the site. In honor of those formerly buried beside the hospital, steel frames proportionate to the size of burial plots will be constructed and elevated a few feet off the existing grade.

The new landscape sits to the east of the old U.S. Naval Hospital (left) and a site plan for the cemetery memorial landscape (right).

The former burial plots will be planted with native New York meadow species that will spread over time, blurring the borders of the original graves. Thomas Woltz, partner of NBW, characterizes this approach as “open-ended ecology” where social and ecological conditions are “set up and their systems are allowed to flourish.” The team hopes this tactic applies not only to the plant life of this node along the 14-mile stretch of greenway, but also to the surrounding community.

Perhaps more innovative than the design itself are the donors that BGI has cultivated. In addition to $600,000 received from New York Department of State through the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, the project is beneficiary of a $42,000 planning grant from the TKF Foundation, a private nonprofit supporting the creation of open space, which will support observation and evaluation of community use of the new park. BGI director Milton Puryear hopes to demonstrate that the new green space, which may be open as early as the summer of 2013, will positively impact the residents of the site’s surrounding low-income neighborhood.

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The Inner Circle
Milstein Hall, Cornell University by OMA.
Philippe Ruault

AN’s annual resource list may be published every year but it is never the same. Painstakingly drawn from extensive interviews by our editors with the architects and builders of the best architecture of 2011, these names are the too-often unacknowledged cornerstones that guarantee the quality and excellence of today’s architecture. We both herald and share them with you.

General Contractor / Project Manager


Arroyo Contracting Corp.
12 Desbrosses St.,
New York;

Balfour Beatty/Barnhill
2311 North Main St.,
Tarboro, NC;

Barr & Barr
460 West 34th St.,
New York;

Bernsohn & Fetner
625 West 51st St.,
New York;

F.J. Sciame Construction Co.
14 Wall St.,
New York;

18-73 43rd St.,
Astoria, NY;

2 Penn Plaza, Ste. 0603,
New York;

Keating Building Corporation
1600 Arch St.,

Kreisler Borg Florman
97 Montgomery St.,
Scarsdale, NJ;

L.F. Driscoll
9 Presidential Blvd.,
Bala Cynwyd, PA;


499 Van Brunt St.,
New York;

Lettire Construction Corporation
336 East 110th St.,
New York;

MG & Co
230 West 17th St.,
New York;

Mascaro Construction Company
1720 Metropolitan St.,
Pittsburgh, PA;

MJE Contracting
109-10 34th Ave.,
Corona, NY;

Noble Construction
675 Garfield Ave.,
Jersey City, NJ;

Plaza Construction

Procida Realty & Construction
456 East 173rd St.,
Bronx, NY;

RC Dolner Construction
15-17 East 16th St.,
New York;

Saunders Construction
6950 South Jordan Rd.,
Centennial, CO;


650 Danbury Rd.,
Ridgefield, CT;

SoHo Restoration
104 Calyer St.,
Brooklyn, NY;

Structure Tone
770 Broadway,
New York;

Tishman Construction
666 5th Ave.,
New York;

United American Builders
205 Arch St.,

VCD Construction
35 Carroll St.,
Brooklyn, NY;

250 North Genesee St.,
Montour Falls, NY;

Yorke Construction Corp.
140 West 31st St.,
New York;

Penn Medicine / L.F. Driscoll / Rafael Viñoly (left); Film Society / Yorke Construction / Rockwell Group (right).
Brad Feinkopf (left) AND Albert Vecerka/Esto (right)

Arroyo Contracting did a good job on the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator. It was a complicated project with many angled walls and corners. They looked into new ways of working, moving from their background in traditional design to contemporary design.”

Harel Edery

Graciano has experienced masons that know how to work with terracotta and its reinstallation, using pieces that were reconditioned and some that were brand new.”

Joe Coppola
Dattner Architects

“We were fortunate to have RC Dolner build the Atrium. They had just finished the Greek and Roman galleries at the Met; we were confident they could make elegant and refined traditional detailing. At the Atrium they were able to apply their same high standards in a modern setting.”

Tod Williams
Tod Williams + Billie Tsien Architects

Yorke’s level of service was outstanding. The site superintendent in particular was exemplary and always in contact with us about how the construction was affecting the design. That attitude then filtered down to the contractor and subcontractors.”

Michael Fischer
Rockwell Group at Metropark / DeSimone / KPF.
Michael Moran




Langan Engineering and Environmental Services
360 West 31st St.,
New York;

Leonard J. Strandberg and Associates
One Edgewater Plz.,
Staten Island;

Pennoni Associates
3001 Market St.,


224 West 35th St.,
New York;

Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers
225 West 34th St.,
New York;

P.W. Grosser Consulting
630 Johnson Ave.,
Bohemia, NY;

Pillori Associates
71 Route 35,
Laurence Harbor, NJ;


1501 Broadway,
New York;

31 Knight St.,
Norwalk, CT;

AMA Consulting Engineers
250 West 39th St.,
New York;

Ambrosino, DePinto & Schmieder
275 7th Ave.,
New York;

833 Chestnut St.,

Ettinger Engineering ASSOCIATES
505 8th Ave.,
New York;


Fiskaa Engineering
589 8th Ave.,
New York;

ICOR Associates
256 West 38th St.,
New York;

Jaros Baum & Bolles
80 Pine St.,
New York;

Joseph R. Loring and Associates
360 West 31st St.,
New York;

P.A. Collins
15 West 26th St.,
New York;

Rubiano Associates
64 Fulton St.,
New York;


155 6th AVE.,
New York;

Birdsall Services Group
2100 Highway 35,
Sea Girt, NJ;

Buro Happold
100 Broadway,
New York;

18 West 18th St.,
New York;

500 7th Ave.,
New York;

ME Engineers
29 West 38th St.,
New York;

Rosini Engineering
142 West 36th St.,
New York;

Thornton Tomasetti
51 Madison Ave.,
New York;

Watts Engineering
95 Perry St.,
Buffalo, NY;


Weidlinger Associates
375 Hudson St.,
New York;

WSP Flack + Kurtz
512 7th Ave.,
New York;


Eipel Barbieri Marschhausen
224 West 35th St.,
New York;

Gilsanz Murray Steficek
129 West 27th St.,
New York;

Hage Engineering
560 Broadway,
New York;

180 Varick St.,
New York;

Macintosh Engineering
21133 Sterling Ave.,
Georgetown, DE;

Mulhern Kulp
20 South Maple St.,
Ambler, PA;

Murray Engineering
307 7th Ave.,
New York;

Office of Structural Design
9 Revere Rd.,
Belle Mead, NJ;

Robert Silman Associates
88 University Pl.,
New York;

Severud Associates
469 7th Ave.,
New York;

WSP Cantor Seinuk
228 East 45th St.,
New York;

Milstein Hall, Cornell University / Robert Silman Associates / OMA.
Philippe Ruault

“John Riner of PW Grosser is one of the handful of consultants in this area who has substantial experience with open loop wells.”

Michael Tucker
Beyer Blinder BellE


“We have worked on several historic buildings in New York, but when they are as high profile or popular as the Puck Building, you need a consultant who understands these types of spaces. EBM Structural Engineers is one of the preeminent firms in New York with vast experience in adaptive reuse in a historic context. We worked with Ken Eipel and Rich Grabowski on the REI Soho project and their expertise as historians on New York architecture made them valuable partners for Callison.”

David Curtis

Joseph R. Loring and Associates anticipated issues at NYU SCPS and worked creatively with the design team to insert contemporary mechanical systems into an existing building with a complex new program.”

Carol Loewenson
Mitchell/Giurgola Architects


Cantor Seinuk developed a core outrigger wall design that eliminated a lot of sheer walls, which helped a lot with the very complicated unit layouts at 8 Spruce. We just find them to be the best when it comes to structural engineers.”

Joe Recchichi
Forest City Ratner Companies

“Edward Messina at Severud Associates is known as ‘Fast Eddie’ around our business because you call him up and he’s right over.”

Henry Smith-Miller
Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects


DeSimone designed the tree column and the big spans for Centra. It was a big effort to make that happen. They’re a really great engineering firm, and one thing that they’re great at is keeping the design team and client comfortable with very complicated things and also working with the construction team, while keeping everything on schedule.”

Lloyd Sigal and Hugh Trumbull

“The North Carolina Museum of Art is really all about daylight, and Arup did an extraordinary job calculating the amount of natural and artificial light and how it combined throughout the space.”

Thomas Phifer
Thomas Phifer and Partners


“At Clyfford Still, everything you see is structure. So KPFF's role was very key, especially in translating the structural design so it would be read in the perforated ceilings where the tolerances were very tricky, combined with reinforcing with rebar to maintain a crack-free finish.”

Chris Bixby
Allied Works Architecture

Facade & curtain wall



Dewhurst Macfarlane and Partners
45 East 20th St.,
New York;

186 Varick St.,
New York;

Gordon H. Smith Corporation
200 Madison Ave.,
New York;

Heitmann & Associates
14500 South Outer Forty Rd.,
Chesterfield, MO;

R.A. Heintges & Associates
126 5th Ave.,
New York;

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
19 West 34th St.,
New York;


Manufacturers/ Installers

937 Conklin St.,
Farmingdale, NY;

APG International
70 Sewell St.,
Glassboro, NJ;

Architectural Metal Fabricators
314 48th St.,
Brooklyn, NY;

ASI Limited
4485 South Perry Worth Rd.,
Whitestown, IN;

Cladding Corp.
215 South Hwy. 101,
Solana Beach, CA;

1000 County Rd.,
Monett, MO;

GKD Metal Fabrics
825 Chesapeake Dr.,
Cambridge, MD;

1743 South La Cienega Blvd.,
Los Angeles;


Island International Exterior Fabricators
101 Scott Ave.,
Calverton, NY;

Jakob/MMA Architectural Systems
Westfield Industrial Estate,
Midsomer Norton,
Somerset, United Kingdom;

Jordan Panel Systems
196 Laurel Rd.,
East Northport, NY;

500 East 12th St.,
Bloomsburg, PA;

123 Day Hill Rd.,
Windsor, CT;

240 Pane Rd.,
Newington, CT;

W&W Glass
300 Airport Executive Park,
Nanuet, NY;

Buffalo Courthouse / Dewhurst Macfarlane / KPF (left); Via Verde / FRONT / Grimshaw/Dattner Architects (right).
david seide (left) AND Robert Garneau (right)

Gordon Smith is a tried and true Manhattan curtain wall consultant. He kept us out of trouble and found good value for the wall at Centra. We could barely afford a curtain wall for this building and he helped us sneak it in and detail it really well so we can sleep at night.”

Lloyd Sigal and Hugh Trumbull

“There’s a learning curve on installing a European curtain wall system. Architectural Metal Fabricators took a real interest in jumping in and getting a technical understanding of the system.”

Henry Smith-Miller
Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects


Front was the key to unlocking the prefab facade at Via Verde. It cost a bit more, but it was faster to put together on site. They helped us translate that.”

Robert Garneau
Grimshaw Architects

“They protected me! At 8 Spruce, the extremely unique wall was largely aesthetically driven but it's just as advanced in performance and Heitmann took care of everything behind the wall in terms of feasibility, budget and schedule.”

Joe Recchichi
Forest City Ratner Companies


Island Fabrications knows how to bring all the components together; they ordered material globally and fabricated them locally.”

Bill Stein
Dattner Architects

Fittings & Furniture


Carpet & Textile

Bentley Prince Street
91 5th Ave.,
New York;

156 Wooster St.,
New York;

Gallery Seventeen Interiors
PO Box 549,
Nanuet, NY;

404 Park Ave. South,
New York;

251 Park Ave. South,
New York;

Re:Source of New Jersey
66 Ford Rd.,
Denville, NJ;

Rose Brand East
4 Emerson Ln.,
Secaucus, NJ;

Custom Fixtures & Signage

Artitalia Group
11755 Rodolphe Forget,
Montreal, QC,

225 Peach St.,
Leesport, PA;

REEVE Store Equipment
9131 Bermudez St.,
Pico Rivera, CA;

Doors & Frames

Dynamic Architectural Windows & Doors
30440 Progressive Way,
Abbotsford, BC,

Goldbrecht USA
1512 11th St.,
Santa Monica, CA;


PK-30 System
3607 Atwood Rd.,
Stone Ridge, NY;


Figueras International Seating

250 Saint Marks Ave.,
Brooklyn, NY;

Greystone Seating
7900 Logistic Dr.,
Zeeland, MI;

125 Park Ave.,
New York;

Irwin Telescopic Seating Company
610 East Cumberland Rd.,
Altamont, IL;

384 Forest Ave.,
Laguna Beach, CA;

146 Greene St.,
New York;

Resource Furniture
969 Third Ave., New York;

Series Seating
20900 NE 30th Ave.,
Miami, FL;

Tomas Osinski Design
4240 Glenmuir Ave.,
Los Angeles;


Assa Abloy
110 Sargent Dr.,
New Haven, CT;

25 East 26th St.,
New York;


Kitchen & Bath

AF Supply
22 West 21st St.,
New York;

Axor Hansgrohe
29 9th Ave.,
New York;

Davis and Warshow
57-22 49th St.,
Maspeth, NY;

1700 Executive Dr. South,
Duluth, MN;

1608 Coney Island Ave.,
Brooklyn, NY;

66 North 11th St.,
Brooklyn, NY;

SieMatic New York
150 East 58th St.,
New York;

66 Crosby St.,
New York;

Zucchetti Rubinetteria
Via Molini di Resiga, 29,
Gozzano, Italy;

Laboratory Casework

Thermo Fisher Scientific
1316 18th St.,
Two Rivers, WI;

Vintage Furniture

68 Washington Ave.,
Brooklyn, NY;

Louise Nevelson Plaza / John Lewis Glass / Smith-miller + Hawkinson Architects (left); 8 Spruce / Gehry Partners (right).
Michael Moran (left) AND Courtesy Forest City Ratner (right)



520 8th Ave.,
New York;

A-Val Architectural Metal Corp.
240 Washington St.,
Mount Vernon, NY;

CBO Glass
13595 Broadway,
Alden, NY;

Colory Metal & Glass
2522 State Rd.,
Bensalem, PA

1000 County Rd.,
Monett, MO;

Galaxy Glass & Stone
277 Fairfield Rd.,
Fairfield, NJ;

J.E. Berkowitz

John Lewis Glass
10229 Pearmain St.,
Oakland, CA;


Pelechov 17,
elezný Brod,
Czech Republic;

Moduline Window Systems
930 Single Ave.,
Wausau, WI;

National Glass & Metal Company
1424 Easton Rd.,
Horsham, PA;

Oldcastle Glass
1350 6th Ave.,
New York;

PPG Industries
One PPG Pl.,
Pittsburgh, PA;

94 Blvd. Cartier,
Rivière-du-Loup Québec;


Skyline Sky-Lites
2925 Delta Dr.,
Colorado Springs, CO;

800 Park Dr.,
Owatonna, MN;

Vitrocsa USA
5741 Buckingham Pkwy.,
Culver City, CA;

Walch Windows
Zementwerkstraße 42,
Ludesch, Austria;

78 Joes Hill Rd.,
Brewster, NY

Zecca Mirror & Glass
1829 Boone Ave.,
Bronx, NY;

“Interior glass subcontractor A-Val worked creatively to ensure design intent in extremely complex conditions including the three-story open elliptical stair at the NYU SCPS.”

Carol Loewenson
Mitchell/Giurgola Architects

“You can get good window R-value in the United States but you can’t get the quality of high solar heat gain as you can with Walch. The combination is unmatched.”

Sam Bargetz
Loadingdock 5

CBO out of Buffalo did the glass veil and other curtain wall systems for the Buffalo Courthouse. The most difficult part was printing the Constitution on the glass with ceramic fritting. It took a lot of editing and laying it out and a very long time on our side and theirs.”

Bill Pedersen

John Lewis Glass would work closely with Tony Dominski at West Edge Metal. Even though it was a custom bench, it was even more custom because of the collaboration of the two firms.”

Scot Teti
Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects



Airside Solutions

39 Chapel St.,
Newton, MA;

Brownfield Consultant

473 West Broadway,
New York;


183 West Main St.,
Kutztown, PA;

Association for Energy Affordability
505 Eighth Ave.,
New York;

Atelier Ten
45 East 20th St.,
New York;

Bright Power
11 Hanover Sq.,
New York;


BVM Engineering
834 Inman Village Pkwy.,
Atlanta, GA;

Crescent Consulting
80 Broad St.,
New York;

Natural Logic
1250 Addison St.,
Berkeley, CA;

Steven Winter Associates
307 7th Ave.,
New York;

TRC Environmental Corp.
1430 Broadway,
New York;

21 West 38th St.,
New York;


Green Roofs

Emery Knoll Farms
3410 Ady Rd.,
Street, MD;

ZinCo Green Roofs
Grabenstraße 33,
Unterensingen, Germany;


Namasté Solar
4571 Broadway St.,
Boulder, CO;



Mechoshade Systems, Inc.
42-03 35th St.,
Long Island City, NY;

David Rubenstein Atrium / steven winter associates / Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.

Aircuity did the recovery wheels and air handlers at Penn Medicine. Their system helped the owner meet their energy goals. It monitors the occupancy and the amount of CO2 in a space and optimizes the number of air changes so you wind up saving energy and money.”

Jim Herr
Rafael Viñoly Architects

Crescent was good in assisting the contractor in LEED complience during construction and helped focus the team on elements that really mattered.”

Michael Tucker
Beyer Blinder Bell


Bright Power did a great job of administering and coordinating the LEED application and they were responsible for designing the photovotaic system which was an important part of the building's design.”

Bill Stein
Dattner Architects

“We used Veridian as the sustainability consultant on Centra. Originally, we were just aiming for LEED certification. Now the numbers are coming in and they're very good. It looks like we're going to get Platinum.”

Lloyd Sigal and Hugh Trumbull

“Julie Bargmann of D.I.R.T.’s knowledge of brown fields, Navy Yards, and their detritus, was a really nice fit.”

Matt Berman



232 Cherry St.,
Ithaca, NY;

50 Industrial Blvd.,
Eastman, GA;

Armstrong World Industries
2500 Columbia Ave.,
Lancaster, PA

Belzona New York
79 Hazel St.,
Glen Cove, NY;

Canatal Industries
2885, Boul. Frontenac Est.,
Thetford Mines, Quebec, Canada;

CCR Sheet Metal
513 Porter Ave.,
Brooklyn, NY;

5919 West 118th St.,
Alsip, IL;

19 Frost St.,
Brooklyn, NY;

Ferra Design
63 Flushing Ave.,
Brooklyn, NY;


1001 Lund Blvd.,
Anoka, MN;

803 South Black River St.,
Sparta, WI;

KC Fabrications
39 Steves Ln.,
Gardiner, NY;

80 Montana Dr.,
Plattsburgh, NY;

Lecapife Corp.
283 Liberty Ave.,
Brooklyn, NY;

Maloya Laser
65A Mall Dr.,
Commack, NY;

110 Troutman St.,
Brooklyn, NY;

Millenium Steel
344 West 38th St.,
New York;

Nelson Industrial
1155 Squires Beach Rd.,
Pickering, ON, Canada;


Paul C. Steck
25 Brown Ave.,
Springfield NJ;

Precision Shape Solutions
243 East Blackwell St.,
Dover, NJ;

Robinson Iron
1856 Robinson Rd.,
Alexandra City, AL;

Veyko Design
216 Fairmount Ave.,

West Edge Metal
25064 Viking St.,
Hayward, CA;

NItehawk cinema / Maloya Laser / Caliper Studio (left); Brooklyn Navy Yard / Ferra Design / workshop/APD and Beyer Blinder Belle (right).
Ty Cole / OTTO (left) AND Robert Garneau (right)

Armstrong worked closely with us in providing customized, perforated metal ceiling panels that met the design intent of the Frick Chemistry Laboratory. Additionally, they did a excellent job field coordinating the installation of those panels with adjacent elements.”

Chris Stansfield
Payette Architects

“The project involved finishing hundreds of custom fabricated steel elements—KC Fabrications was extremely flexible with the schedule and was able to turn around material on short notice. They are always willing to do what is necessary to achieve the highest quality finish work.”

Charles Wolf
Dean/Wolf Architects

“For custom metal work that requires demanding precision and meticulous crafting, Metalman is an invaluable resource. If you can't find the right piece of hardware from a manufacturer, he will design and fabricate a custom piece to fit the requirement.”

Charles Wolf
Dean/Wolf Architects


“Mani from Millenium Steel is very accurate, and very budget-oriented. We worked with him before. He was able to make big steel pivot pieces.”

Jeremy Edmiston

“We sent our drawings of pleated metal panels to a few people and got the impression that something custom would be too expensive. But a rep introduced us to Gage, who worked with our contractors to make our designs for the panels in a cost competitive way.”

Michael Fischer
Rockwell Group

Americano / Propylaea Millwork / ten arquitectos.
courtesy ten arquitectos



Custom Fabrication/ Carpentry

B & V Contracting Enterprises
590 Tuckahoe Rd.,
Yonkers, NY;

Bauerschmidt & Sons
119-120 Merrick Blvd.,
Jamaica, NY

Benchcraft Concepts
A-427, Ghitorni, MG Rd.,
New Delhi, India;

1021 Meyerside Rd.,
Mississaugua, ON, Canada;

George Nakashima Woodworker
1847 Aquetong Rd.,
New Hope, PA;


Ivory Build
67 35th St.,
Brooklyn, NY;

JB Millworks
383 Bandy Ln.,
Ringgold, GA;

Minzner & Co.
2100 Liberty St.,
Easton, PA;

Monarch Industries
99 Main St.,
Warren, RI;

Propylaea Millwork
795 East 135th St.,
Bronx, NY;

Seetin Design
57 Grand St.,
Brooklyn, NY;

ShoreTech Manufacturing


Tom Kozlowski


Armstrong World Industries
2500 Columbia Ave.,
Lancaster, PA

243 Parkhurst St.,
Newark, NJ;

Siberian Floors
145 Hudson St.,
New York;

Terra Mai
205 North Mt. Shasta Blvd.,
Shasta, CA;

aA Shelter / ShoreTech Manufacturing/Tom Kozlowski / SYSTEMarchitects.
systemarchitects/tony jin

“The careful execution of the FSC certified teak screens and planters at Carnegie Hill House resulted from the close collaboration between our design team and Ivory Build. Their skill and rigorous approach to craft enabled us to unify this sequence of outdoor spaces through the meticulous stacking and subtle articulation of teak slats.”

Thomas Woltz
Nelson, Byrd and Woltz

Bob Seetin is irrepressible and has a 'bring it on' attitude. He created the metal tables, wine racks, and counters we needed for the Film Society cafe quickly and even joyfully, turning everything around within a few weeks.”

Michael Fischer
Rockwell Group

Tom Kozlowski is an exceptional carpenter. He was able to think around unpredicted problems. He comes up with very straightforward and quick solutions. It no longer looks like construction work, it starts to resemble millwork.”

Jeremy Edmiston

“A pivotal design goal for REI Soho was the adaptive reuse of the materials from the existing historic Puck Building and its subsequent transformation into a retail space. Callison’s vision from the outset was to bring the space back to its original context, from the wood cladding that was repurposed from the interior brick piers to the timber from the ceiling above the ground floor that was remilled and reused for the monumental staircase treads. Terra Mai was a collaborative partner through the entire reuse process providing expert guidance and advice.”

David Curtis




Amber Lite Electric Corporation
443 Wild Ave.,
Staten Island, NY;

Auerbach Pollock Friedlander
266 West 37th St.,
New York;

Claude R. Engle, Lighting Consultant
2 Wisconsin Cir.,
Chevy Chase, MD;

Clinard Design Studio
228 Park Ave.,
New York;

Davis Mackiernan Lighting
180 Varick St.,
New York;

Fisher Marantz Stone
22 West 19th St.,
New York;

George Sexton Associates
242 West 30th St.,
New York;

Grenald Waldron
260 Haverford Ave.,
Narberth, PA;


Kugler Ning
48 West 38th St.,
New York;

L'Observatoire International
414 West 14th St.,
New York;

Leni Schwendinger Light Projects
336 West 37th St.,
New York;

Lumen Arch
214 West 29th St.,
New York;

Peridot Lighting
419 Lafayette St.,
New York;

Tillett Lighting Design
172 North 11th St.,
Brooklyn, NY;

Tillotson Design Associates
40 Worth St.,
New York;


23 Daniel Rd. East,
Fairfield, NJ;

46 Greene St.,
New York;


1000 BEGA Way,
Carpinteria, CA;

152 Greene St.,
New York;

Holly Solar
1340-D Industrial Ave.,
Petaluma, CA;

Lighting By Gregory
158 Bowery, New York;

Lithonia Lighting
Conyers, GA;

7200 Suter Rd.,
Coopersburg, PA;

160 Cornelison Ave.,
Jersey City, NJ;

5 Lumen Ln.,
Highland, NY;

5455 de Gaspé,
Montréal, Quebec, Canada;

Zumtobel Lighting
44 West 18th St., New York;

North Carolina Museum of Art / Fisher Marantz stone / Thomas Phifer and Partners/Pierce Brinkley Cease + Lee (left); Buffalo Courthouse / Tillotson / KPF (center); Sunshine Incubator / Lighting by Gregory / Studio Mosza (right).
Iwan Baan (left); david seide (center); AND Ori Dubow (right)

Paul Marantz's lighting design is one of the most mesmerizing aspects of the 9/11 Memorial and plaza.”

Matthew Donham
PWP Landscape Architecture


“A company in California called Holly Solar fabricated the LED lights in the facade of the Nitehawk Cinema. It’s a small little company, but they do custom light fixtures. They’re good.”

Stephen Lynch
Caliper Studio

Kugler Ning is on board with understanding the world architects work in—working with tectonics—to create the right effect. Sometimes lighting designers can be more interested in the fixtures than the final effect. Kugler Ning helped to make the lighting fixtures disappear.”

Scot Teti
Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects

“We worked with Lumen Arch on the lighting design of Penn Medicine. They just did a fabulous job. We implemented a lot of lighting controls, occupancy sensors, daylight sensors, and things of that nature in the labs to bring down the energy usage and Lumen really knew their way around those systems.”

Jim Herr
Rafael Viñoly Architects

“We worked with Lighting By Gregory who helped us get the most energy efficient fixtures for the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator. We as architects know what’s out there, but Lighting By Gregory opened our eyes to more LED opportunities.”

Harel Edery

Inverted Warehouse Townhouse / Paul Warchol Photography / Dean/Wolf Architects (left); Museum of the Moving Image / Peter Aaron/Esto / Leeser Architecture (right).
Paul Warchol Photography (left) AND peter aaron/esto (right)



Esto Photographics
222 Valley Pl.,
Mamaroneck, NY;

Halkin Architectural Photography
915 Spring Garden St.,

Iwan Baan
Schippersgracht 7-1,

Jock Pottle Photography
259 West 30th St.,
New York;


JoPo Photography
504 East 12th St.,
New York;

Michael Moran Photography
98 4th St.,
Brooklyn, NY;

Nic Lehoux

Paul Warchol Photography
224 Centre St.,
New York;


Scott Frances
79 Broadway,
New York;

T.G. Olcott Photography
2 Greglen Ave.,
Nantucket, MA;

Ty Cole Photography
332 Bleeker St.,
New York;

City Center Facade Restoation / Boston Valley / Terra Cotta  / dattner architects (left); Tashan / Stone Source / Archi-tectonics (right).
Aislinn Weidele/Ennead Architects (left) AND don pearse photopgraphers (right)

Concrete, Masonry, Stone, & Tile


ADM Concrete Construction
9726 99th St.,
Ozone Park, NY;

American Orlean

American Precast Concrete
PO Box 328,
Floresville, TX;

Art In Construction
55 Washington St.,
Brooklyn, NY;

Blenko Glass Company
P.O. Box 67, Milton, WV;

Boston Valley Terra Cotta
6860 South Abbott Rd.,
Orchard Park, NY;

Cathedral Stone Products
7266 Park Circle Dr.,
Hanover, MD;

230 South 5th Ave.,
Mt. Vernon, NY;

Extech Industries
87 Bowne St.,
Brooklyn, NY;

Fusion Floors
Buford, GA;

Get Real Surfaces
143 West 29th St.,
New York;


Helical Line Products
659 Miller Rd.,
Avon Lake, OH;

James J. Totaro & Associates
95-1047 Ala'oki St.,
Mililani, HI;

Kings County Waterproofing and Masonry
1200 Utica Ave.,
Brooklyn, NY;

L&L Stone & Tile
900 South Oyster Bay Rd.,
Hicksville, NY;

Masonry Solutions
PO Box 1036,
Sparks, MD;

Modern Mosaic
8620 Oakwood Dr.,
Niagara Falls, ON, Canada;

North Carolina Granite Corporation
P.O. Box 151,
Mount Airy, NC;

18 Cowan Dr.,
Middleboro, MA;

600 Route 17 North,
Ramsey, NJ;

Port Morris Tile & Marble
1285 Oakpoint Ave.,
Bronx, New York;


Reginald D. Hough Concrete Construction
115 Montgomery St.,
Rhinebeck, NY;

RNC Industries

Roman Mosaic and Tile Company
1105 Saunders Ct.,
West Chester, PA;

Via Aurelia 24-55045,
Pietrasanta, Italy;

Sheldon Slate
143 Fox Rd.,
Middle Granville, NY;

Speranza Brickwork
15 High St.,
Whitehouse Station, NJ;


Stone Source
215 Park Ave. South,
New York;

The Pike Company
One Circle St.,
Rochester, NY;

Vermont Structural Slate Company
3 Prospect St.,
Fair Haven, VT;

Via Longobarda 19,
Massa, Italy;

Milstein Hall / Reginald Hough/The Pike Company / OMA.
Philippe Ruault

“Peter Dagostino at ADM Concrete made it possible to get the building up. He coordinated everything. ADM is a very smart company and did a quick job.”

Werner Morath
Loadingdock 5

Boston Valley is one of the premier companies to go to for very careful matching of terracotta.”

Joe Coppola
Dattner Architects

“The excellent stone work by Port Morris Tile & Marble helped us make this a place of permanence and beauty. They worked with our vision and found the spectacular green marble for the benches.”

Tod Williams
Tod Williams Billie Tsien


“The slate siding from Vermont Structural Slate was naturally resistant to spray paint.”

Amy Yang
Toshiko Mori

“We used Reginald Hough as a concrete consultant for Milstein Hall. They came in during construction process to facilitate the subcontractor, Pike, and help us to decide on some of the materials to test and techniques to use. The lower levels have a smooth concrete dome ceiling with integrated lighting. Because it is both architecture and structure, it required a very precise installation method. Hough was invaluable in achieving that.”

Ziad Shehab

DiMenna Center for Classical Music / Akustiks / H3/Hardy Collaboration Architecture.
francis dzikowski/esto



A/V & Acoustics

33 Moulton St.,
Cambridge, MA;

Acoustic Dimensions
145 Huguenot St.,
New Rochelle, NY;

93 North Main St.,
South Norwalk, CT;

Clarity Custom
1792 West 11th St.,
Brooklyn, NY;

Laan 1914 no 35, 3818 EX
Amersfoort, The Netherlands;

318 West 39th St.,
New York;

Jaffe Holden Acoustics
114–A Washington St.,
Norwalk, CT;

Kirkegaard Associates
801 W. Adams St.,

405 Belle Air Ln.,
Warrenton, VA;

36-36 33rd St.,
Long Island City, NY;

Blast Consultant

RSA Protective Technologies
1573 Mimosa Ct.,
Upland, CA;


Strategic Building Solutions
708 3rd Ave., New York;

Cost Estimator

VJ Associates
100 Duffy Ave.,
Hicksville, NY;

Fire Protection/ Code Consulting

Code Consultants Professional Engineers
215 West 40th St.,
New York;

JAM Consultants
104 West 29th St.,
New York;


Montroy Andersen DeMarco
99 Madison Ave.,
New York;

Property Intervention Consultants
72 Reade St.,
New York;

Food Facility Planning

JGL Foodservice Consultants
224 Cleveland Ln.,
Princeton NJ;

Green Wall

Vertical Garden Technology
954 Lexington Ave.,
New York;

Historic Preservation

Building Conservation Associates
44 East 32nd St.,
New York;

Office for Metropolitan History
11 West 20th St.,
New York;

Powers and Company
211 North 13th St.,

PreCon LogStrat
PO Box 417,
Mastic Beach, NY;


115 Metro Park,
Rochester, NY;

TM Technology Partners
250 West 39th St.,
New York;

Laboratory Planning

Jacobs Consultancy
70 Wood Ave., Iselin, NJ;


Higgins Quasebarth & Partners
11 Hanover Sq.,
New York;


Owners Representative

Levien & Company
570 Lexington Ave.,
New York;

Radiant Consulting Services

The Stone House
1111 Route 9,
Garrison, NY;


Ducibella Venter & Santore
250 State St.,
North Haven, CT;

The Clarient Group
630 9th Ave.,
New York;

Tritech Communications
28-30 West 36th St.,
New York;


Heller & Metzger
11 Dupont Cr. NW,
Washington, DC;


Fischer Dachs Associates
22 West 19th St.,
New York;

North American Theatrix
60 Industrial Dr.,
Southington, CT;

Turf and Sports Regulations

1735 Market St.,

Vertical Transportation

Van Deusen & Associates
7 Penn Plz.,
New York;

Wind Analysis

1415 Blue Spruce Dr.,
Fort Collins, CO;

Penn Park / Stantec / michael van valkenburgh associates.
Courtesy UPenn

Acoustic Dimensions was great. They were really hands on, heavily involved in the Nitehawk. We have apartments above the movie theater so acoustic isolation is a big part of this project. They designed the second floor’s ceiling to hang on springs. They also tested the sound transmission when it was all done and you can’t hear a thing.”

Stephen Lynch
Caliper Studio


Richard Demarco is the most informed architect in New York City about building code and law. This guy is a joy to work with.”

Henry Smith-Miller
Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects

Clarity Custom is a terrific 'full system' provider and installer who took the lead on specifying A/V equipment and lighting control systems. There was an excellent interface with the general contractor and architect to minimize coordination issues. Clarity did a great job of integrating hardware, wiring and controls in a project where every detail matters.”

Charles Wolf
Dean/Wolf Architects


Building Conservation Associates have areas of expertise that bring refinement and an ability to find the resources.”

Joe Coppola
Dattner Architects

“At the Museum of the Moving Image, Scharff/ Weisberg and Jaffe Holden had a real hand in setting the stage to accommodate different uses in terms of all the data and audio visual systems that allow the museum to be a plug + play environment.”

Simon Arnold
Leeser Architecture


Bob Powers is very keen in navigating the historic restoration tax break. He's tech savvy and politically savvy, which helps get city, state, and federal approvals.”

Frank Grauman
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

“Laurent Corradi of Vertical Garden Technology has created two grand and beautiful green walls that are loved by all. His knowledge of the botany and technical aspects of plant walls will insure that these features will thrive for generations to come.”

Tod Williams
Tod Williams + Billie Tsien


“The Musuem of the Moving Image faced a lot of challenges not to mention being a publicly-funded project in hard economic times. Levien took it all in stride and helped us meet the extra demands on budget cutting without sacrificing quality.”

Simon Arnold
Leeser Architecture

Other Services & Suppliers



Paul Cowie Associates
11 Beverwyck Rd.,
Lake Hiawatha, NJ;

Art Restoration

Rustin Levenson Art Conservation


Michael Singer


Lab Crafters
2085 5th Ave.,
Ronkonkoma, NY;

Curtain Design

Inside Outside Petra Blaisse
Erste Nassaustraat 5, 1052 BD
Amsterdam, The Netherlands;

Custom Fabrication

Associated Fabrication
72 North 15th St.,
Brooklyn, NY;

Custom Materials

5835 Adams Blvd.,
Culver City, CA;


Arthur Metzler and Associates
47 Hillside Ave.,
Manhasset, NY;

Graphic Design/Signage & Wayfinding

2 X 4
180 Varick St.,
New York;

Amuneal Manufacturing Corp.
4737 Darrah St.,

C & G Partners
116 East 16th St.,
New York;

29 West 23rd St.,
New York;

Entro Communications
122 Parliament St.,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada;

36 6th Ave.,
New York;

Pentagram Design
204 Fifth Ave.,
New York;

Enclosure Testing / Facade Maintenance

Architectural Testing
130 Derry Ct.,
York, PA;


Entek Engineering
166 Ames St.,
Hackensack, NJ;

Epoxy Specialists and Supply

Aspen Supply Corp.

Felt artist

Claudy Jongstra

Finishes and Coatings

Creative Finishes
27 West 20th St.,
New York;

Fountain Consultant

Dan Euser Waterarchitecture
58 Major Mackenize Dr. West,
Richmond Hill, ON, Canada;

Heat Recovery Ventilator

540 Portsmouth Ave.,
Greenland, NH;

Interior Decoration

Pamela Banker Associates
136 East 57th St.,
New York;

Irrigation Distributor

Storr Tacktor
175 13th Ave.,
Ronkonkoma, NY;


Capri Landscaping
4005 Victory Blvd.,
Staten Island, NY;

Plant Specialists
42-45 Vernon Blvd.,

Light Fixture Restoration

Robert True Ogden
3311 Broadway St. NE,
Minneapolis, MN;

Modular Units

63 Flushing Ave.,
Brooklyn, NY;


Stingray Studios
2144 Citygate Dr.,
Columbus, OH;



Shemin Nurseries
42 Old Ridgebury Rd.,
Danbury, CT;

Painting & Epoxy Installation

Anton Berisaj

Plastic Lumber

Tangent Technologies
1001 Sullivan Rd.,
Aurora, IL


E&T Plastics
45-45 37th St.,
Long Island City, NY;

Radiant Systems

115 Hurley Rd.,
Oxford, CT;
203-262 9900

Riggers to the Arts

1561 Southern Blvd.,
Bronx, NY;


S.O.S. Advanced Security
197 7th Ave.,
New York;

Security Bollards/ Traffic Barriers

Delta Scientific
40355 Delta La.,
Palmdale, CA;

Moli Metal
8380 Rue Lafrenaie
Montreal, QC;

Theatrical Equipment

Gerriets International
130 Winterwood Ave.,
Ewing, NJ;

Vertical Transportation

Persohn / Hahn Associates
908 Town & Country Blvd.,
Houston, TX;

Waterproofing Systems

Sika Sarnafil
100 Dan Rd.,
Canton, MA;

museum of the moving image / karlssonwilker / leeser architecture (left); Metrotech / Delta Scientific / WXY (right).
peter aaron/esto (left) AND courtesy wxy (right)

“At Queens Plaza, we collaborated with Michael Singer, an artist whose commitment to the public realm complements Margie Ruddick's environmental sensibility for landscape. He designed and produced special pre-cast components integrated into the architecture of new social spaces that withstand the site's powerful infrastructural presence.”

Linda Pollak
Marpillero Pollak Architects

Claudy Jongtstra’s artistry is present in two monumental tapestries that cover both long walls of the Atrium. These extraordinary artworks were made possible by her artistic vision as much as her involvement in the technical aspect, managing all from Europe.”

Tod Williams
Tod Williams + Billie Tsien Architects


“Fountain consultant Dan Euser is really familiar with the potentials and limits of water dynamics. He's visionary in terms of creating things of beauty and simplicity.”

Matthew Donham
PWP Landscape Architecture

“When the graphic designers Karlssonwilker joined the team, the design of the Museum of the Moving Image was fairly well resolved, but they were able to complement and add to its strength in a way that carried through the branding of the entire institution”

Simon Arnold
Leeser Architecture


“The reception desk at the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator is custom designed and Panelite made it easy for me because they built a model on site for approval and I was able to see our 3-D computer drawings in real life before the desk was fabricated.”

Harel Edery
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Stage 1 Finalists Announced for National Mall Design Competition
The Trust for the National Mall has announced the finalists for the first round of its National Mall Design Competition. The 700-acres of parkland have been worn down over the years thanks hoards of visitors (25 million a year), marches, and certain bi-annual decathalons. The scope of the competition includes three distinct areas of the mall: Union Square, the Washington Monument Grounds at Sylvan Theater, and Constitution Gardens. Finalists were selected for each area, and will move on to stage two of the competition (team interviews), and then—finally—a selected few will be asked to envision a design for one of the three designated area. From over 1,200 entrants, here are the firms who made the first round cut: Union Square Diller Scofidio Renfro & Hood Design Gustafson Guthrie Nichol & AEDAS Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects & Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architect Reed Hilderbrand & Chan Krieger NBBJ Rogers Marvel Architects & Peter Walker Snohetta & AECOM  Washington Monument Grounds Balmori Associates & Work Architect Company Diller Scofidio Renfro & Hood Design Handel Architects & W Architecture and Landscape Architecture Michael Maltzan Architecture & Tom Leader Studio OLIN & Weiss/Manfredi Ten Arquitectos & Andrea Cochran Landscape Architects Constitution Gardens Adropogon & Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Lee and Associates & Arthur Cotton Moore/Associates McKissack & McKissack & Oehme Van Sweden Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architect & Paul Murdoch Architects OLIN & Weiss/Manfredi Rogers Marvel Architects & Peter Walker and Partners
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2011 ASLA Professional Awards Showcase Innovation & Sustainability
Earlier this week, we checked in with the student winners of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) 2011 awards and found reason to be hopeful about the future of landscape architecture. But what legacy will those students be inheriting? The ASLA has recently doled out 37 awards to professional firms from across the globe, honoring their innovation, design, and sustainability.  The submissions (most of which have been built) range from the systematic redesign of streetscapes and historical residential gardens to large scale estuarine master plans. General Design Category Award of Excellence Portland Mall Revitalization Portland, OR ZGF Architects From the project statement:
The Portland Mall, a landscape architecture legacy project and icon for progressive urban planning and design, has been transformed into a Great Street. Today it extends the entire length of downtown Portland, mixes multiple modes of transportation, stimulates adjacent development and re-establishes itself as Portland’s civic spine. A new benchmark in design, placemaking and infrastructure for the 21st century – the Portland Mall represents the region’s commitment to civic space, vital urban centers and sustainable transportation.
Honor Awards City of Greensburg Main Street Streetscape Greensburg, KS BNIM From the project statement:
The City of Greensburg developed a downtown environment that not only provides a unique environment for residents and visitors, but that also provides creative features that capture and recycle stormwater. This project is a part of an overall sustainable environment that was planned for the downtown business district. All components from planting and irrigation to seating, signage and materials are highly sustainable.
Citygarden St. Louis, MO Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects From the project statement:
Citygarden is a three-acre public sculpture garden created on the Gateway Mall in downtown St. Louis. Sponsored by a private foundation, the garden has played a primary role in reinvigorating the city’s center.  The design weaves innovative stormwater management strategies with abstractions of local geology, hydrology, and plant communities to create a multi-faceted public space that has become a magnet for locals and tourists alike.
Residential Design Category Honor Award Beyond Pictorial: Revising Philip Johnson's Monumental Beck House Dallas, TX Reed Hilderbrand From the project statement:
Philip Johnson's monumental 1964 Beck House was conceived as a theatrical viewing platform for the surrounding landscape—a motive pursued more simply and elegantly in Johnson's own Glass House fifteen years earlier. The Beck House renovation, completed in 2009, critically revises this modernist paradigm. By deftly altering Johnson's conceptual break-line between building and landscape, the project demonstrates landscape architecture's capacity to integrate the conservation of the material legacy of a project with direct engagement of the visual, spatial, ecological, and domestic characteristics of the site.
Analysis and Planning Category Award of Excellence An Emerging Natural Paradise — Aogu Wetland Forest Park Master Plan Taiwan National Sun Yat-sen University From the project statement:
Aogu is a 1,600-hectare site located on the route of Asian migrating birds. The site has been reclaimed from the sea and unexpectedly reverted to a coastal wetland because of land subsiding and the cessation of farming in the area. The project focuses on establishing a series of re-habitation strategies on site that is reclaimed for human development, and emphasizes the site as a seeding process for the natural systems, as well as environmental education and eco-tourism.
Communications Category Award of Excellence LID Low Impact Development: A Design Manual for Urban Areas University of Arkansas Community Design Center From the project statement:
Low Impact Development: A Design Manual for Urban Areas is designed for those involved in urban property development, from homeowners, to institutions, developers, designers, cities, and regional authorities. The manual presents a graphic argument, illustrating the application of ecologically-based stormwater treatment technologies in urban contexts. The manual’s unique contribution is its advancement of LID from a set of suburban lot-based technologies to a distributed urban treatment network deployed at neighborhood, municipal, and regional scales.
Landmark Award in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation First San Diego River Improvement Project San Diego, CA Wimmer Yamada and Caughey From the project statement:
Great examples of landscape design often go unrecognized because the finished look is so natural it is unnoticed as "man made" by the observer. The first phase of the "First San Diego River Improvement Project" or "FISDRIP" is a good example. In place of a planned concrete channel as envisioned by the Army Corps of Engineers, the project was a successful collaboration by Public Agencies, Engineers, Biologists and Landscape Architects in designing a highly sustainable and functional flood control system that respected and preserved the natural habitat. Originally completed in the late 1980's, this project represents an excellent example of restorative design within an urban context, testimony to nature's ability to heal itself, survive within a busy transportation corridor and provide human connections to the natural environment.
All of the award winning entries can be viewed here.
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St. Louis
CityGarden is the first piece of the Gateway Mall development.
Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing

In the face of decades of population decline—some of the most dramatic in the nation—St. Louis is now witnessing a significant turnaround, at least downtown. According to figures from the mayor’s office, 10,000 units of housing have been built downtown and 70 (out of 76) vacant historic buildings have been renovated and reoccupied. Perhaps no project has done more for the city’s self-image than a new two-block sculpture park, known as CityGarden. Completed last summer, the park has been instrumental in drawing families and visitors back downtown. Civic boosters hope the project is just the tip of the iceberg, and are planning to revamp downtown’s other major public spaces, including the 17-block Gateway Mall (CityGarden is a two-block section of the Mall) and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, home to the iconic Saarinen Arch. Improving these landscapes is considered essential to downtown’s continuing recovery.

Financed entirely with private money from the Gateway Foundation, a local nonprofit that supports capital improvements in St. Louis, CityGarden’s transformation was both physical and cultural. “From what I could tell, it was mostly used as a place for nearby office workers to smoke,” said Warren Byrd, principal of the Charlottesville, VA–based landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz that designed CityGarden. “Our marching orders were to produce something that was both visionary and practical,” Byrd said. “There were also very specific requirements that reflected the climate of St. Louis, lots of shade and water features.” Byrd’s firm took the site, which was “essentially a blank slate,” and created a dense composition of plantings, art, and other features, which will be maintained by the foundation. The garden’s 24 sculptures, including works by Keith Haring, Mark Di Suvero, and Martin Puryear, are set amid curved paths, benches, lawns, and fountains. It has become a magnet, especially for families with children.

Landscape architects Nelson Byrd Woltz have melded CityGarden's sculpture park with a variety of active spaces for the public.
Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing

While Byrd and his colleagues were transforming two long blocks on the Mall, the Gateway Foundation was funding a new masterplan for the rest of the Mall by New York– based Thomas Balsley Associates and Urban Strategies. That plan calls for the linear park to be reconceived as a series of distinctly programmed “rooms.” “The term we use a lot is that we want to ‘activate’ these spaces,” said Barbara Geisman, the city’s deputy mayor for economic development. “The Mall has acted like a boundary between one side of downtown and the other, and we want it to become a connector.” Last summer, the masterplan was adopted by the city, and in March the mayor appointed a high-profile advisory board of civic leaders and philanthropists to begin its implementation. “The wonderful thing is that CityGarden has set the bar so high,” Geisman said. The board will also advise if the remaining sections of the Mall should be given to different designers or built out by one firm. “There have been a lot of plans in St. Louis that haven’t gone anywhere. One of the things that CityGarden convinced people of was the value of implementing pieces of a larger vision,” Byrd said.

The St. Louis Arch is visible at the eastern end of the Mall, and the Arch grounds sit roughly perpendicular to the Mall. While the Arch draws hundreds of thousands of visitors a year and is the city’s most recognized structure, those visitors add little to the life of downtown due to the isolated nature of the grounds, bordered by highways and the river. The National Park Service is sponsoring an international competition to redesign the 91-acre area surrounding the original Arch grounds (designed by Dan Kiley and now part of the landmarked site), to better connect it with the city. Nelson Byrd Woltz is a part of one of the nine teams competing for the job, which includes the city, the National Park Service, the federal Department of Transportation, and the Army Corps of Engineers among its stakeholders. “That’s the great challenge. It’s not a single client. So whoever wins, they’re going to have to put a lot of stock in that scheme,” Byrd said. The competing teams are an eye-opening Who’s Who in architecture, landscape, and engineering. Four finalists will be selected this month, and a winner in September.

The mall effectively terminates at Saarinen’s St. Louis Arch, the grounds of which are being redesigned to better connect to downtown.

Among the most contentious issues these teams face is how to respond to I-70, an elevated and trenched highway that divides the Arch grounds from downtown. A civic coalition called City to River is advocating for the highway’s removal in favor of an on-grade boulevard. An editorial in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently also advocated that the teams plan for its removal, and the competition includes the highway as an area for consideration.

Geisman describes the recession as a “hiccup” in the course of downtown’s turnaround. She points to two other major mixed-use projects that will be moving ahead in the next 60 days. “These public spaces create lasting attractions for residents and visitors,” she said. “They make downtown a more dynamic environment for development opportunities.” And they just might save the city.   

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Connecting the Arch
The winners will redesign the Arch site to better connect downtown St. Louis and the Mississippi River.
Michael DeFilippo

An international cast of architects, landscape architects, engineers, and artists has been selected to advance in the competition to improve the urban and waterfront connectivity around Eero Saarinen’s iconic St. Louis Arch. Nine groups were chosen out of a field of 49 who submitted to the first stage. The field will further be narrowed in April to four or five who will produce designs, and a winner will be selected in late September.

The Arch, formally known as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, and the Dan Kiley–designed landscape surrounding it are both National Historic Landmarks, and cannot be altered. The Arch is difficult to reach on foot from downtown, a condition long lamented by city officials and a prime focus of the competition. The National Park Service and competition funders hope the redesigned site, which is a popular destination for visitors, can add more activity to downtown and the waterfront.

The nine selected teams include a number of renowned firms, reflecting both the multidisciplinary nature of the project and the high profile of the competition:

    1) Behnisch Architekten, Gehl Architects, Stephen Stimson Associates, Buro Happold, Transsolar, Applied Ecological Services, LimnoTech, Herbert Dreiseitl, Arne Quinze, Peter MacKeith, and Eric Mumford
    2) FIT (Fully Integrated Thinking) Team: Arup, Doug Aitken Studio, HOK Planning Group, and HOK
    3) Michael Maltzan Architecture, Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Rafael Lozano‐Hemmer, Richard Sommer, and Buro Happold
    4) Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Steven Holl Architects, Greenberg Consultants, Uhlir Consulting, HR&A Advisors, Guy Nordenson and Associates, Arup, LimnoTech, Ann Hamilton Studio, James Carpenter Design Associates, Elizabeth K. Meyer, and Project Projects
    5) PWP Landscape Architecture, Foster + Partners, Civitas, Ned Kahn, Buro Happold
    6) Quennell Rothschild and Partners and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Vishaan Chakrabarti, Buro Happold, Atelier Ten, and Nicholas Baume
    7) Rogers Marvel Architects and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, Urban Strategies, Local Projects, and Arup
    8) SOM, BIG, Hargreaves Associates, Jaume Plensa, and URS
    9) Weiss/Manfredi, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, and Mark Dion

The Arch is separated from downtown by numerous pedestrian obstacles.
Michael DeFilippo

“The complexity of the teams reflects the complexity of the program,” said Tom Bradley, site superintendent for the National Park Service. “It’s a real urban design challenge.” The site is bordered by I-70, which has depressed lanes; busy Memorial Drive; and the hardscape waterfront, which is prone to heavy flooding.

Organized by competition advisor Donald Stastny, the jury includes Boston Globe architecture critic Robert Campbell; Gerald Early, a professor of African and Afro-American Studies at Washington University; architects Alex Krieger and Carol Ross Barney; landscape architect Laurie Olin; Denis P. Gavlin, former director of the National Park Service; David C. Leland of the Leland Consulting Group; and Cara McCarty, curatorial director at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

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An Urban Place to Park the Kids
Architect and writer Brian Newman recently took a walk through St. Louis' newest urban park and sent this dispatch. Before setting foot in St. Louis’ downtown City Garden, which officially opened to the public last week, before you come across the bright red Keith Herring totem or Tom Otterness’ bulbous bronze Gepetto, even before you see its verdant paths and shaded lawns, you see the packs of happily damp children, wrapped in beach towels. There are children everywhere in City Garden, swimming in fountains and splashing under limestone framed waterfalls, playing in front of a huge interactive LED video wall and climbing on any one of the almost two dozen sculptures installed throughout the park. The City Garden brings to downtown not only an entirely new, and enthusiastic, demographic, but a new formal and aesthetic framework. This isn’t to suggest that before the ribbon was cut and the crowds began exploring the grounds that downtown St. Louis didn’t have green space and sculpture. But the sum of these existing parts seldom congealed into much. City Garden changes that. Its 2.9 acres offer meandering gravel paths, hills, outlooks, multi-tiered water features, and enough trees to shade a visitor’s stroll virtually from edge to edge. Designed by Charlottesville, VA landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz, and financed locally by the Gateway Foundation, the $25 million park is divided into three distinct latitudinal bands, each taking cues from regional geographic and geological precedents. The Northern River Bluffs band features a chain of terraces topped by an airy grove of willow oak, honey locust, and serviceberry trees, a shallow wading pool and an adjacent glass pavilion which houses the Terrace View restaurant. An arching limestone wall defines the Middle Flood Plain band, and runs nearly the two-block length of the park. A narrow water basin framed by black granite tile is punctuated by a cascading waterfall at the eastern its end waterfall. Across the park’s central axis, a plaza features 102 in-ground water jets, each of which plays a role in multicolor- and time-coordinated choreography, and is the real epicenter of children’s play. The Southern River Terrace band separates the City Garden from Market Street and offers an unbroken stretch of Ginkgo trees and an 1,100 foot long granite seat wall that gracefully wends its way across the length of the park. Where the wall bends, small gardens of wildflowers and native grasses appear, providing some relatively secluded seating for visitors who may not be so inclined to explore the park’s many water features. Sculpture by renowned artists, including Mark di Suvero, Tony Smith, Aristide Maillol and Jim Dine, is liberally installed throughout each of the bands and operate like a series of magnetic poles, pulling the visitor deeper into the park. Downtown St. Louis has no version of New York’s Broadway to bisect its city blocks at oblique and irregular intervals, producing much needed relief from a relentless street grid. With the opening of City Garden, downtown has found a respite from the strictly orthogonal, an opportunity to take a step away from the rigorous logic of the existing city layout. Its shapes and gestures seem to relate less to the monolithic steel structures directly across the street than to the robust organic forms of Sullivan’s nearby Wainwright Building and the lavishly ornamented City Hall from the late 19th century. While its forms may be suggestive of a particular era of the past, the attention paid to sustainable planting strategies and responsible material use speaks clearly to our contemporary concerns. City Garden undoubtedly has the capacity to spur economic growth in its immediate vicinity and, perhaps more importantly, it also has the potential to change perceptions about its urban home.