ECHO Apartments

New York, New York

We provided complete renovation work for ECHO Apartments, a supportive housing facility for the elderly in Morningside Heights. Ninety-nine apartment units enjoyed renovations as necessary, including the kitchens, bathrooms, new windows, and new through-wall AC units. ECHO received building envelope sealing to increase energy savings over time through funding from the NYSERDA Weatherization Program. We replaced the existing roof with a cool roof and installed green roofs in the two additions. These features will reduce stormwater runoff and heat gain.

A cantilevered steel and glass canopy distinctly directs visitors to the building while offering a protective bridge between the lowered rear yard and entry vestibule. The vestibule, enlarged by the addition, welcomes residents and visitors with abundant storefront windows and wood accents. The security desk is comprised of intersecting rectangular Plyboo prisms.

The majority of the renovation work occurred in the cellar, which we cleared and reconfigured to provide more space for the residents and supporting staff. Residents enjoy a renovated and enlarged laundry room, tenant lounge, and domino room. Green tiles bleed off accent walls, emphasizing the connection between the cellar entry and community room. New openings bring light into a once-dark space and enlarge the domino room.

Outside, the blue-grey HardiBoard panels clad the recreation room, emphasizing the addition and contrasting with the original building’s brick and yellow accents. We also revitalized the rear yard with new landscaping.

Co-Owner: ECHO Apartments Associates, L.P.

Co-Owner: ECHO Apartments Housing Development Fund Corporation

Structural: Dunne & Markis Consulting Structural Engineers

MEP: Abraham Joselow P.C., P.E.

General Contractor: Mega Contracting Group

Photographer: T. Ligamari

Art Installation Welcomes Students to PS32K

Art Installation Welcomes Students to PS32K

As part of the NYC Department of Education’s (DOE) Public Art for Public Schools (PAPS) program, artist Letha Wilson was selected to create site-specific artwork for the new addition at PS32 Samuel Mills Sprole School in Brooklyn. Installation of the three pieces,...