Tim Keesee Loci’s New Team Member
January 23, 2019
Loci welcomes our newest team member, Tim Keesee! Tim earner his Master of Architecture degree from @ClemsonUniversity before moving to New York. Building on his background in woodworking, guitar construction, and digital fabrication, Tim contributes his rigor and attention to detail to Loci’s work. He often can be found exploring the ever-changing built environment of the city and admiring its historic buildings.
Loci Architect-of-Record for BPL Main Branch
January 16, 2019
Loci Architecture is now the Architect-of-Record for the Brooklyn Public Library main branch at Grand Army Plaza, helping the institution meet occupancy and code requirements. The team will assess the existing conditions, provide code review, and assist in closing-out open DOB applications, as well as preparing filing drawings for some of the design work undertaken by Toshiko Mori Architects. Levien & Company is providing Owner’s Rep services.
Loci 20: Week 14
December 27, 2018
Week 14 (and our final week) of Loci’s best projects over the past 20 years! This year we completed the transformation of a Jamaica, Queens warehouse with a big box retailer into a modern commercial property. The largest tenant is a kidney dialysis center that will serve patients from the nearby Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. The new, energy-saving facade system is carefully composed of EIFS, granite, architectural glass block, a porcelain tile-clad rainscreen, and metal panel canopies. Happy New Year!
Loci 20: Week 13
December 18, 2018
Entering the final stretch in Week 13: Working with Gowanus by Design, we submitted a proposal earlier this year for transforming the DSNY’s Salt Lot into a new public park on the canal. The retention tank/headhouse and composting facility/greenhouse are clad in the same corrugated sheet steel that borders the edge of the waterway; they flank the Gowanus Field Station, a community center finished with deep timber boards, reminiscent of the materials once brought in by barge to build brownstone Brooklyn. Each building has a green roof and the entire west side of the lot is proposed as a public park, landscaped with sloping hills and wetlands that offer novel views to the canal and the neighborhood. This conceptual proposal is intended to spark a conversation on how the canal’s new infrastructure can support much needed public urban space.
Loci 20: Week 12
December 12, 2018
Week 12 - another highlight from the past 20 years: Several years ago we restored the largest property in the GFP Real Estate portfolio (formerly Newmark Grubb Knight Frank) that consists of three connected buildings in the Garment District that reflect a range of early-20th century architectural styles. Our project team meticulously analyzed the original construction types and developed appropriate details for each building that stabilized or replaced severely deteriorated building components, such as the decorative terra cotta, copper gutters, parapets, skylights, and balconies.
Loci 20: Week 11
December 6, 2018
Continuing our 20-year highlights in Week 11: Brooklyn Prospect Charter School asked Loci to design a new K-5 elementary school in 2013 on the top three floors of a parochial high school in Downtown Brooklyn. We created a master plan that was implemented as the school added new students each year. For its inaugural year we renovated the eighth floor, opening up an entry lobby and adding glass blocks in the glazed tile walls that bring daylight into the center space. In 2015 and 2016 we added classrooms, offices, a food prep area, and speech and physical therapy spaces on the ninth and tenth floors.
Loci 20: Week 10
November 28, 2018
Week 10: In Soho’s historic district along lower Broadway, we renovated an existing dupl aex in 2011, adding a new penthouse to create a stunning four-bedroom triplex and roof terrace. Bluestone and a pergola built with sustainably-harvested ipé wrap the top floor. The lower terrace has an outdoor kitchen, fire pit, and dining area and the upper terrace has a hot tub and sun deck with sweeping views of the downtown skyline.
Loci 20: Week 9
November 20, 2018
Week 9 of our 20 year highlights: In 2012 we designed a Master Campus Plan for Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, which was moving into a former parochial elementary school. Our first project included renovating the classrooms and the gymnasium, creating a new library, and updating the entrance lobby. For subsequent projects we designed new science labs, a dance studio, a new black box theater, and converted part of the existing convent on the 4th Floor into classrooms and administrative spaces.
Loci 20: Week 8
November 16, 2018
In Week 8, we look back at one of our favorite residential projects: Loci designed the complete renovation of an East Village penthouse and created a new private roof terrace. Walnut and honed bluestone floors were installed with custom Danish cabinetry and furniture to create a restrained modern aesthetic. Large windows and a skylight above the stainless steel and glass stair allows daylight to illuminate the penthouse interior while creating a link to the terrace above.
Loci 20: Week 7
November 8, 2018
Week 7! Partnering with Gowanus by Design, the non-profit co-founded by David Briggs, we designed a new community park for the Gowanus Alliance under the elevated F & G subway line in the Gowanus neighborhood. We met with community representatives and conducted a visioning workshop that identified key elements of the park: passive and active recreation areas, a comfort station, a dog run, and an open area to support a weekend green market. One of the park’s key features is the installation of the iconic KENTILE letters that were removed from a nearby building in 2014. As part of a storm water management strategy throughout the Gowanus watershed, the project includes porous surfaces, rain gardens, and retention tanks to mitigate combined sewer overflow into the canal.
Loci 20: Week 6
November 2, 2018
In 2007 Loci transformed this 500 sf one-bedroom apartment into an elegant and contemporary pied-á-terre residence. New sliding doors with a translucent acrylic resin help separate the living area from the kitchen and entry while not sacrificing floor space. With a muted palette throughout, the bold red backsplash in the kitchen brings energy to the apartment.⠀
Loci 20: Week 5
October 25, 2018
Continuing our 20-year highlights: our design for the new library at PS58, The Carroll School was part of a collaboration with the parents and school administrators who collectively participated in the project’s programming and fundraising from our then Council Member Bill de Blasio @ NYC Mayor's Office. The natural linoleum flooring and custom designed furniture is a playful juxtaposition of geometry, contrasting with the built-in bookshelves. Rolling furniture allows for larger school gatherings and dance classes, and a vibrant palette of materials reflects the spirit and warmth of a learning environment. Parents murals by @artandsigns & @derekstenborg
Loci 20: Week 4
October 17, 2018
Week 4 of Loci’s top projects over the past 20 years. In 2006 we completed a new 3,000 sf duplex on West End Avenue. Using the details of a pre-war building as a backdrop, new natural and carbonized bamboo cabinetry was added to the kitchen and master bathroom. Our custom-designed furniture pieces were built from walnut, translucent ribbed glass, and stone. Cleft stone wall panels, herringbone oak floors, tinted plaster, and glass mosaic tile completed the apartment’s finishes. Lighting was designed by @tillotsondesign
Loci 20: Week 3
October 10, 2018
Week 3: In 2007, we completed a new four-story 5,400 sf apartment building on a city-owned vacant lot. With a very modest construction budget of under $250/sf, we planned well proportioned living spaces and designed an exterior with zinc rain screen panels, bluestone trim, stucco, and brick that complement the neighborhood’s rich texture. The completed project resourcefully integrated design features commonly found in more expensive developments with Harlem’s need for mixed income housing.
Loci 20: Week 2
October 4, 2018
In week 2 of highlights from Loci’s first 20 years, we are showcasing our work for this award-winning project. Our design was inspired by the building’s mid-20th century heritage; using the original building elements as cues, aluminum cladding was stripped off the marquee and replaced with stainless steel panels in brushed and sandblasted finishes. Awarded the 2007 Murray Hill Architectural Award for Excellence in Preservation and Design.
Loci Celebrates 20 Years
September 28, 2018
Loci is celebrating its 20th year and will be posting past projects over the next few months as we prepare for a celebration. One of our early design successes in 1998 was this loft for two scientists located in a former industrial building in Greenwich Village.
Construction Nears Completion In Clinton Hill
September 19, 2018
With about a month of construction left at 1100 Fulton Street, the new site of Brooklyn Prospect Charter School in Clinton Hill is really taking shape. Depicted here is Loci’s rendering of the school’s lobby and front desk design to be implemented soon.⠀
Loci Provides Consulting Services in Greenwich Village
September 14, 2018
Originally erected in 1868 as the James McCreery Dry Goods Store, the Cast Iron Building in Greenwich Village is now a co-op residential building. We are providing consulting services on the ground floor retail spaces and bringing the building’s fire safety system into compliance.⠀
Voting Polls at BPCS
September 14, 2018
Our 2012 project for Brooklyn Prospect Charter School is a polling place for the NYS Primary. Cast your vote for a better democracy!
Unity Prep’s New Building Opens Its Doors Next Week
August 31, 2018
Unity Prep Charter High School starts classes next week in their newly renovated building in Williamsburg. The building’s interior transformation is even more dramatic - we guided the four-story former college building through an extensive interior renovation over the past 2 months to get it ready for classes, including installation of new partitions to create twelve classrooms, a fully-equipped science lab, locker rooms, and administrative support spaces.
Exterior Renovation in Queens Nears Completion
August 23, 2018
The transformation of this former warehouse in Jamaica, Queens is nearing completion. The new, energy-saving facade system incorporates EIFS, architectural glass block, a porcelain tile-clad rainscreen, and metal panel canopies designed to minimize thermal bridging. The building will serve the local community as a retail and commercial office complex.
Loci Visits Moynihan Train Hall
August 15, 2018
Thanks to Susan Shoemaker and the Moynihan Train Hall Project Team for giving us a tour of the new train station currently under construction! The new concourse will link the future Moynihan Train Hall to Penn Station and is anticipated to open in 2020. SOM is the architect, our friends at Severud Associates are the structural engineers, and FXCollaborative is designing Amtrak’s new facilities.
From Alaska To Asbury
July 25, 2018
Loci vacation photos summer 2018! From Alaska to Asbury, we enjoyed the nice weather, beautiful scenery and a BIG catch!
Loci Welcomes New Summer Intern
July 19, 2018
Loci welcomes our newest team member, Jake Lefeber from the Rhode Island School of Design, as our summer intern. As a rising senior at RISD, Jake has explored a range of topics from small scale community-based projects to large scale urban planning. Enthusiastic to gain insight on unfamiliar aspects of architecture, Jake joined Loci determined to contribute the skills he has acquired through his education and get involved in the processes integral to designing a better city.
Loci Selected to Design New Unity Prep School
July 11, 2018
Ed surveys the new site for Unity Prep Charter High School - a building formerly occupied by Boricua College in Williamsburg. The pedal is to the metal for this one - occupancy is late August 2018.
Loci Enters AIA Zero Waste Challenge
July 5, 2018
Great exhibit about the new Zero Waste Guidelines at the Center for Architecture, created by our colleague, Clare Miflin. From the New York Times: "Designing Waste: Strategies for a Zero Waste City," at the Center for Architecture in New York, focuses on making it easier to recycle.
Loci Designs Renovations at SJJCC in Long Island
July 4, 2018
We are designing a significant renovation to a JCC on Long Island’s North Shore to improve community-based services at their 100,000 square foot campus. The work includes a reimagined lobby, more fitness instruction spaces, and a new culinary teaching kitchen to support their social programs for all ages.
World Cup 2018
June 28, 2018
At Loci, we break for soccer.⠀
Emojis courtesy of Sai Hu
Cast Iron Exterior Restoration Nears Completion
June 21, 2018
Work is almost complete on the exterior restoration of this century-old cast iron beauty located in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District near Madison Square Park.
Exterior Renovation Underway In Jamaica Queens
June 14, 2018
Exterior Renovation of existing masonry building currently under construction in Jamaica, Queens. The new facade system consists of EIFS, new windows, storefronts and architectural glass block. It will be quite the transformation when it is complete!⠀
David Briggs Featured on Midnight Charette Podcast
June 7, 2018
David Briggs is interviewed on the Midnight Charette podcast for three hours (!) about architecture, the Gowanus Canal, painting, and life.
Gowanus By Design Publishes Salt Lot Park Design
May 31, 2018
Designed by Paul Coughlin, Kenneth Miraski, Jennifer Leone, and David Briggs, Dave’s non-profit Gowanus by Design publishes the Gowanus Salt Lot Public Park. The proposal includes a new retention tank/headhouse facility, the Gowanus Field Station, a composting/greenhouse facility, and a passive recreation area surrounded by wetlands.
David Briggs Critique’s NC State University Thesis Projects
May 8, 2018
Dave is a guest critic at NC State’s final thesis project review in Raleigh, NC. The graduate architect and landscape architect students tackled a myriad of resiliency and planning challenges around the Gowanus Canal Superfund site.
David Briggs Invited to City Tech Design Presentation
May 2, 2018
Loci starts working on the first phase of implementing the master plan for the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in East Hills, Long Island.
Loci Begins Phase One of the SJJCC in Forest Hills
Loci starts working on the first phase of implementing the master plan for the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in East Hills, Long Island.
Loci Selected to Restore Cast Iron Building in SoHo
Loci is selected to restore the existing cast iron façade at 136-140 Grand Street. The building is in the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District Extension and was built in 1900.
Loci To Restore and Renovate Historic Building on Broadway
Loci’s project at 817 Broadway for Taconic Investment Partners, TH Real Estate, and Squire Associates commenced construction in September. We are excited to work with a terrific team, including Studios Architecture, Stantec, and GMS Engineers, to completely renovate and restore the historic building to support new single floor office tenancies.
Loci Brownstone Project Featured in 6sqft
From a historical perspective, one of Loci’s more interesting projects: our renovation of a Brooklyn brownstone once occupied by the former queen of Sikkim published at 6sqft.
Loci Proposes Development on the Harlem River Waterfront District
Loci proposes a 28-story mixed-use development as the first project of a Lower Grand Concourse Master Plan in the Special Harlem River Waterfront District in the Bronx.
Loci Presents Design Concepts to Molloy College
Loci presents its initial design concepts for Molloy College’s CAP21 Theatre Arts training and performance space on lower Broadway. The project is scheduled for completion in early 2018.
New Design Proposal in the Bronx
Loci’s design proposal for a new affordable housing development in the Bronx.
Loci’s Kentile Park Design Makes Headlines
Loci Upgrades Interiors of Columbia University
Working with the leadership at Columbia University’s School of Journalism, we upgraded the interiors at the historic Pulitzer Hall.
Aurum Condos in Harlem Near Completion
In 2013 we took over management of a portfolio of projects that was closing its doors. The first project, the 115-unit Aurum Condominiums in Harlem, nears completion.
Loci Enjoys Harbor Sail Outing
For the second straight year, we are blessed with beautiful weather on our Harbor Sail. Joined by our families, clients, and colleagues on the Schooner America 2.0 yacht we sailed around New York Harbor and watched the sunset behind the Statue of Liberty.
Loci Begins Second Phase at Pace University
Loci starts the 2nd Phase for obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy at 1 Pace Plaza, reviewing code compliance at Maria’s Tower dormitory and filing a second set of documents with the Department of Buildings.
Loci To Design Retail and Medical Center in Queens
Loci starts work on designing the conversion of a 55,000 SF warehouse in Queens to a retail and medical center.
Loci Completes Restoration Work on Lincoln Amsterdam Apt Tower
Loci completes the $1.7 million exterior restoration of the Lincoln Amsterdam Apartment Tower, a 25-story Mitchell Lama housing development west of Lincoln Center.
Loci Completes Restoration Work at Eastchester Heights Complex
Loci completes the $11 million, 250,000 SF roof and parapet restoration project at the Eastchester Heights complex, a community of 114 residential buildings spread across five city blocks in the Bronx.
Loci Teams Up With Gowanus By Design for New Park Design
Loci starts working with Gowanus by Design and the Gowanus Alliance on the design of a new community park under the elevated F & G subway line in the Gowanus neighborhood. One of the park’s key features is the installation of the iconic KENTILE letters that were removed from a nearby building in 2014.
Loci Begins New Project with BPCS
Loci starts the next project at Brooklyn Prospect’s elementary school in Downtown Brooklyn, which includes new classrooms, a food service area, and a rooftop playground.
Loci Selected by Pace University
Loci is selected by Pace University to start a 10-year facilities compliance project to obtain the first Certificate of Occupancy for 1 Pace Plaza, a 500,000 SF mixed use building at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge.
BPCS Renovation Complete
At Brooklyn Prospect’s middle and high school in Windsor Terrace, construction is completed for a new black box theater, a library renovation, and the conversion of part of the existing convent into new classrooms and offices.
Signs of Life at Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn
David Briggs, Loci’s Principal and Executive Director of the non-profit Gowanus by Design, got together in June with Wall Street Journal’s Ralph Gardner to tour the Gowanus Canal and discuss the condition of the Superfund site. Read the article here.
Historic Carroll Gardens Renovation Complete
After eight months of construction, the renovation of a landmarked 1878 brownstone in the Carroll Gardens Historic District in Brooklyn is complete. Aside from an interior restoration and new extension, the cellar was lowered three feet in a complex shoring and underpinning process on the shared party walls.
Loci To Renovate Carroll Gardens Brownstone
Construction commences at a landmarked 1878 brownstone in the Carroll Gardens Historic District in Brooklyn. Loci’s design includes a new extension and complete interior renovation.
Loci Announces Design Competition
Loci announces the completion of a stunning residential triplex and private roof terrace in a downtown historic district. More information on the project can be found here.
BPCS Selects Loci for Design Renovations
Brooklyn Prospect Charter School selects Loci to design the next phase of its renovations at its middle and high school in Windsor Terrace. The project includes new science labs and a dance studio. Construction is scheduled for completion by August 2013.
The Hot Seat: David Briggs and Anthony Deen
October 19, 2012
Interview on brownstoner.com with Gowanus by Design Co-founders, David Briggs and Anthony Deen, discussing the Gowanus Canal and surrounding neighborhoods and their thoughts and concerns on the development of the area. Full article: here.
Diving Into The Gowanus
September 9, 2011
Interview with David Briggs and Anthony Deen, co-founders of Gowanus by Design on the public radio program, “Cityscape,” discussing urban planning issues at the Gowanus Canal. Read article: here.
Loci Project Featured in Green Building and Design Magazine
October 1, 2010
Carroll School Library featured in Green Building and Design Magazine article.
Carroll School Library Receives SchoolDesigner.com Award
September 1, 2009
Carroll School Library received Bronze Award in SchoolDesigner.com’s Collabetition and Silver Citation in American School & University’s Educational Interiors Showcase.
Loci Project Featured on ABC News
May 1, 2008
Harlem Townhouse Development featured on World Business Report, ABC News, and CBS News.
Murray Hill Architectural Award
October 1, 2007
288 Lexington receives the 2007 Murray Hill Architectural Award for Excellence in Preservation and Design.