6 Saint Nicholas Terrace
Surrounded by the most diverse neighborhoods in Manhattan, 6 Saint Nicholas Terrace, is among New York City’s most historical areas, West Harlem. West Harlem is recognized for its impressive churches and series of row houses. Near this structure are many transportation units and the Hudson River.
The scope of our work included the renovation of an existing five-story, multi-family residential building with 15 dwelling units comprising a total of 10,420 square feet. The renovations included new floor layout, partitions, windows, kitchens, and bathrooms. All approvals, permits and Letter of Completion were obtained by our office.
Bell Condos is a luxurious six-story residential building with community amenities such as large terraces, storage, laundry, parking, and recreational space.
The existing site consisted of two residential dwellings which were demolished to merge two zoning and tax lots into one. The 21,705 square feet building was built as a condominium in one of the most affluent areas of Northern Queens. The building has 11 residential units and 4 community facility spaces.
Dix McBride, LLC
Located in, Rockaway, a coastal neighborhood, Dix McBride, LLC is a 110,000 SF development that consists of five residential buildings with a total of 135 units, ranging from studio apartments to three-bedroom units.
The renovation of two commercial buildings which are located in one of the borough’s busiest transit hubs, with a total of 14,000 square feet. The project included a new storefront, reconditioning of the facade, mending part of the deteriorated floor and roof, along with new roofing elements. The project revitalizes the aging structure and presents a cleaner commercial facade to the busy commercial district. As an existing structure, it is difficult to predict unforeseen conditions of a building. Therefore, the project was phased out to allow for exploratory work, subsequent to the asbestos abatement work. During the interior demolition phase, the scope of work was revised to include new structural steel beams and columns. The end result was a two-story building occupied by one tenant to be used as offices, and one-story building with four retail stores. JMV Architect, PLLC provided pre-design, schematic design, design development, construction documents and administration; obtained all approvals, permits and final Certificate of Occupancy.
Queens Hospital Center
Built near a hospital facility, Queens Hospital Center, Heal 11 is a new one-story, 5250 SF modular office building. The design features few interior columns to allow for maximum flexibility. It uses high-efficiency, energy saving interior light fixtures with occupancy sensor controls in all rooms, and low VOC paints.
Queensboro Toyota Showroom
This project involved the conversion of a two-story building to an auto showroom on the first floor, a school and accessory offices on the second floor, and a storage of motor vehicles on the roof.
This adaptive reuse project required a thorough zoning and building code analysis to ensure the uses were permitted and the existing building components would comply with all applicable codes.
We worked closely with the client to achieve the best design solution which reflected Toyota’s standards and program requirements. Scope of services included the preparation of architectural designs, construction documents and construction administration. All approvals and permits were obtained.
The existing one-story and cellar, 4,755 SF mosque located in the diverse section of Astoria, served the community as a praying hall and Islamic weekend school. With the change in demographics of the neighborhood and the expansion of the Islamic community attending the mosque, the need to enlarge their facility and provide an Islamic school was imminent. The opportunity presented itself when the adjoining property became available to purchase.
Upon purchasing the adjoining property, the Al-Iman congregation began the process of assembling a program. The program included the expansion of the praying area and a Pre-K through 12 Islamic school.
We were engaged as the design team. Our goal was to maximize the permitted floor area, while being respectful to the community and the surrounding structures.
The goal of the project was to create a structure for the Islamic community in Astoria and nearby neighborhoods for the purposes of teaching and educating the Islamic youth the traditions of the religion and their cultural heritage; and to create a structure which allows Muslims the opportunity to connect with God.
Our team began the process of designing and strategizing the project. The project was phased out, with the purpose of maintaining the existing mosque in operation during construction. The five-story addition was built first and once that portion was substantially completed, work on the existing structure commenced.
Bronx Community College Early Childhood Center
This building houses the Bronx Community College Early Childhood Center, which provides childcare for Bronx Community College student-parents. The new two-story modular facility, located on the campus, is 15,000 square feet and includes six classrooms, a multi-purpose room, offices and a parent lounge.The project was a Design Build delivery method.
Jacqueline Velez served on the Board of Trustees for the Kew-Forest School for 15 years and as Chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee. As a trustee, she performed pro-bono work for the school and served as a Consultant and Architect, providing architectural services.
She was involved in numerous projects including, but not limited to, the design of a new playground with a tracking arena, a basketball and tennis court; façade restoration along Union Turnpike which included brick repointing, replacement and duplication of molding and cornices, new windows, new front entrance stoop; and the renovation of existing upper and lower school libraries. She also supervised the renovation of the existing kitchen and cafeteria.
Jacqueline Velez currently serves on the Advisory Committee and remains committed to the school.
Abundant Life Baptist Church
An abandoned three-story with cellar, wood and brick structure was converted to a community facility, with a living quarter. The project consisted of a complete gut/rehab of the interior with new interior concrete footings and slabs on grade in the cellar level, new concrete retaining wall on the side of the building to create an exit passageway, new steel superstructure with limited interior steel columns while maintaining the existing wood floor joists and replacing any deteriorated ones.
A new roofing system and steel dunnage was installed for the proposed new rooftop HVAC equipment. New electrical systems, air-conditioning/ventilation systems, new plumbing and heating systems including new handicapped toilets.
Jamaica Muslim Center
JMC is a place of worship for many local Muslims, men and women alike. Our scope of work included the demolition of an existing dwelling to construct a new two story and cellar mosque with a total of 7,000 SF. In addition to design services, our office obtained all approvals, permits and a final Certificate of Occupancy.
Albert Einstein School of Medicine
This project involved a two-story vertical enlargement, including a new health facility on the first floor, with approximately 32,000 square feet of floor area.
The scope of work included a feasibility study, schematic design, design development, construction documents and administration. In addition, we obtained approvals and permits from city agencies having jurisdiction over the project.