The 2019 Best of Design Awards winners for Building Renovation — Commercial

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The 2019 Best of Design Awards winners for Building Renovation — Commercial


2019 Best of Design Award for Building Renovation — Commercial: Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice

Designer: Gensler
Location: New York City

When Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates completed the Ford Foundation building in 1968, critics hailed it as an architectural icon. A private, not-for-profit organization established in 1936, the Ford Foundation partnered with Gensler for a mission-driven redesign of its Manhattan headquarters that opened in 2018. The holistic renovation transforms the foundation’s workplace and public spaces in a manifestation of its mission: to promote the inherent dignity of all people. Completed over two years, the project highlighted the building’s original character while bringing it into alignment with New York City safety code and Landmarks Preservation Commission requirements, and bringing it beyond ADA code in order to increase accessibility throughout the building.

Owner’s Representative: Levien & Company
MEP Engineer: Jaros Baum & Bolles
Landscape Design: Raymond Jungles in collaboration with SiteWorks
Lighting Design: Fisher Marantz Stone
Construction Manager: Henegan Construction

Honorable Mentions

Project Name: Avling Brewery & Kitchen
Designer: LAMAS

Interior bar area
Building Renovation — Commercial: Honorable Mention: Avling Brewery & Kitchen (Courtesy LAMAS/ Joshua White)

Project Name: Apple Fifth Avenue
Designer: Foster + Partners

Spiral staircase leading to glass ceiling
Building Renovation – Commercial: Honorable Mention: Apple Fifth Avenue (Aaron Hargreaves/Courtesy Foster + Partners)

Editors’ Picks

Project Name: 645 Fifth Avenue, Olympic Tower
Designer: MdeAS Architects

Project Name: Intelligentsia
Designer: Bestor Architecture